Germany

Germany Urges Israel to Scrap “Illegal” Settlement Bill

BERLIN, Dec 7  – Germany urged Israel in unusually strong language on Wednesday to scrap legislation that would legalise Israeli settlement homes built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, saying this would break international law. Germany tends to be more reserved than other European nations in its criticism of Israel due to

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German Police Arrest Iraqi Rape Suspect, Leaders Warn Against Backlash

BERLIN, Dec 6 – German police have detained an Iraqi migrant for suspected rape only days after an Afghan refugee was held in a separate rape and murder case, and the government warned against a political backlash to such crimes. The two cases threaten to fan anti-migrant sentiment in Germany, which saw a record 890,000

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Germany Warns Against Backlash over Afghan Refugee Suspected of Murder

BERLIN, Dec 5  – The German government said on Monday nobody should try to make political capital out of a criminal case involving an Afghan refugee suspected of raping and murdering a German university student. The case could bolster support for anti-immigrant groups such as the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which have already gained ground

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Germany Detects H5N1 Bird Flu on Poultry Farm in Brandenburg

BERLIN, Dec 2 – Germany reported a first case of the contagious bird flu strain H5N1 on Friday on a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg, the state’s consumer protection ministry said. The farm in the Oberhavel district was sealed off and some 500 chicks, ducks and geese were culled, a spokeswoman

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“Submarines Affair” Prompts Investigations in Israel and Germany

By Luke Baker JERUSALEM, Nov 28 – Questions over the purchase of German submarines that started with media reports of a potential conflict of interest involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer have mounted in the last 10 days, spurring investigations in two countries. At one level the issue is straightforward: Israel wanted to replace some

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Israeli Police to Probe Naval Contract with Germany

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 24 – Israel‘s attorney-general ordered the police on Wednesday to investigate a government contract with Germany for three submarines and other naval craft, the Justice Ministry said. The deal has come under public scrutiny since it emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal lawyer also represents the local agent of

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Rare Handwritten Note by Anne Frank on Auction

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM, Nov 23 – A poem that Anne Frank sent to a girlfriend in 1942, shortly before her family went into hiding from the Nazis, was being auctioned on Wednesday in the Netherlands. Frank was 12 years old when she sent the short poem, at least part of which was copied from

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Netanyahu Hit By Conflict of Interest Allegations over German Submarines

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Nov 21  – A deal to buy three German-made submarines has come under public scrutiny in Israel after Israeli media discovered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s personal lawyer represents the local agent of the German conglomerate set to build the vessels. Both Netanyahu and his attorney, David Shimron, have denied any impropriety,

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Volkswagen Agrees Deal with Unions to Cut 30,000 Jobs

* VW seeks 3.7 bln euros in annual savings by 2020 * Labour groups agree cuts in exchange for investments * VW to create 9,000 jobs in electric cars * Remaining German workers told no forced redundancies before 2025 (Adds analyst comments, detail and background) By Andreas Cremer and Jan Schwartz WOLFSBURG, Germany, Nov 18

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German Cabinet Backs Continued Military Mission in Afghanistan

BERLIN, Nov 16 – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the continuation of Germany’s deployment of up to 980 soldiers to Afghanistan through the end of 2017, a government spokesman said. The decision, which must still be approved by parliament, came less than a week after armed Taliban militants stormed the German consulate in

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