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Germans Hail ‘Hero Refugees’ who Caught Suspected Bomber

BERLIN, Oct 12- German politicians called on Wednesday for the ‘hero refugees’ who captured a fellow Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport to be honoured with a prestigious award, describing them as a model of integration. The actions of the two Syrians who tied up the suspect in their

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Saudi Arabia Confirms Cooperating With Germany to Investigate Attacks

BERLIN, Aug 8 – Saudi Arabia made a rare comment on the nature of its security operations, confirming it was working with German investigators to track Islamist militants behind bomb and axe attacks in July. Saudi Arabia maintains it is always ready to work with foreign countries to combat terrorism, but rarely speaks publicly on

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Fight Over Ramadan Led to Blaze at German Refugee Centre-Prosecutor

BERLIN, June 10 – Residents of a refugee centre in the German city of Duesseldorf set their shelter alight after a fight among Muslim refugees over Ramadan meals, a prosecutor said on Friday, in an incident that is likely to increase unease among anti-immigrant groups. On Tuesday a fire ripped through the accommodation that was

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Merkel’s Coalition Partner Accuses Her of About-Turn on Refugees

BERLIN, May 14 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner accused her of doing an about-turn on her refugee policy since she opened Germany’s borders to thousands of migrants in September. German Vice Chancellor and Social Democrats (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine that Merkel had made the right decision to

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German “Godfathers” Reunite Syrian Families

By Joseph Nasr BERLIN, May 12 – Three days after an emotional reunion with his younger son in Berlin, a 71-year-old Syrian handed a bar of olive oil and laurel soap, a hand-made wall hanging and a box of pistachio sweets to a 56-year-old German he had never met before. The gifts were from Aleppo,

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German Minister Says Migrant Crisis May Have Peaked

BERLIN, April 3 – On the eve of the first expulsions of refugees from Greece to Turkey under a deal to slow the influx of migrants to western Europe, Germany’s interior minister expressed cautious optimism that the crisis had peaked. Chancellor Angela Merkel is under pressure to slow the number of arrivals of migrants after

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Germany Wants Refugees to Integrate or Lose Residency Rights

BERLIN, March 28 – German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he is planning a new law that will require refugees to learn German and integrate into society, or else lose their permanent right of residence. The initiative comes after voters punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in regional elections earlier this month, giving a thumbs-down

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