Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Tag Archives: Germany

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

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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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France, Germany to propose new tax on internet giants

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PARIS: France and Germany plan to issue a new proposal to tax internet giants so that they pay a “fair contribution” in every country where they earn money, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said Sunday. “We will unveil a new plan along with our German partners at the next ...

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German airline goes bankrupt

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BERLIN: Germany’s second biggest airline filed for bankruptcy after Abu Dhabi’s Etihad – its leading shareholder – refused to finance another bailout. Air Berlin will continue flying for the time being thanks to a loan of €150 million ($176 million) from the German government. That should also allow all 7,200 ...

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EU Commission Says Infected Eggs Spread To 17 Nations

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LONDON: The European Commission says that at least fifteen EU countries, as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland, have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil. Its announcement comes ahead of a planned meeting with ministers and other officials next month to discuss the crisis. The European Commission, the European ...

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