Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Tag Archives: Germany

German trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injured

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DUESSELDORF: Several people were injured in a train crash near the German city of Duesseldorf , fire department and police spokesmen said. Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said a passenger train of the regional provider National Express drove into a freight train from DB Cargo about 1830 GMT in the town ...

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Merkel fourth term doubtful as German coalition talks fail

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BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a three-way coalition government that would secure herself a fourth term hit a major setback after a would-be coalition partner unexpectedly pulled out of talks, thrusting Germany into a political crisis. Merkel, whose conservatives were weakened after an election they won with a ...

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UK intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

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LONDON: Britain’s domestic intelligence chief warned during a rare public speech on Tuesday that the terrorist threat the country faced had accelerated at an alarming pace and was worse now than at any time in his 34-year career. MI5 Director General Andrew Parker said his agency, also known as the ...

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Theresa May makes surprise Brussels trip amid Brexit deadlock

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LONDON: British Minister Theresa May is speaking directly with leaders of some of the European Union’s biggest member states ahead of a meeting in Brussels aimed at unblocking negotiations on Britain’s departure from the bloc. May spoke by phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and planned to call France’s Emmanuel ...

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Muslims Gather Worldwide on Ashura Against Terrorism

Shiite faithful pilgrims gather between the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, left, and the holy shrine of Imam Abbas, right, during the Muslim month of Muharram, in Karbala, south of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Iraqi security forces take extra security measure during Muharram, a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

LONDON: Millions of Muslims around the world gathered to commemorate the seventh-century killing of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, thousands of which used the Ashura event as an opportunity to stand against terrorism at a time of increasing Islamophobia. Pilgrims flocked to Karbala, where Hussain ibn Ali was killed by the ...

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Merkel wins German election, but anti-migrant party steals headlines

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BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc has won a lacklustre victory in Germany’s national election while the anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party managed a triumphant entry into parliament, projections have shown. Ms Merkel’s main centre-Left rivals the Social Democrats were set for their worst result since the Second World War. ...

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German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

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BERLIN: A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group’s campaign against West German authorities has returned home. Most parts of the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the city of Friedrichshafen, where they will be reassembled and displayed at ...

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Bidding war for bankrupt Air Berlin closes

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BERLIN: Friday brings a moment of truth for bankrupt Air Berlin, as a raucous bidding war closes that could see Germany’s second-largest airline broken down for parts amid wildcat strikes by pilots. Some 8,500 employees, 140 aircraft and a string of precious landing slots at German airports are in the ...

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Merkel offers German role in Iran-style nuclear talks with North Korea

Angela Merkel

BERLIN: Angela Merkel has offered German participation in any future nuclear talks with North Korea and suggested that the 2015 agreement with Iran could serve as a model for negotiations. The chancellor’s intervention reflects growing alarm in Europe that Donald Trump is worsening one nuclear crisis by repeated threats to ...

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Turkey cautions citizens about travel to Germany

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BERLIN: Turkey cautioned its citizens on Saturday to take care when traveling to Germany, citing what it said was an upswing in anti-Turkish sentiment ahead of a German national election later this month. The advisory is likely to further exacerbate tensions between the two NATO allies, whose ties have soured ...

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