Syria’s Assad starts new term after re-election dismissed by international community

President Bashar al-Assad was sworn in Saturday for seven more years after a controversial May election dismissed by Europe and the US as “neither free nor fair”. His new term extends the Assad family’s rule to almost six decades; Assad’s father Hafez al-Assad led Syria for some 30 years. President Bashar al-Assad took the oath […]

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Top EU court says headscarves can be banned at work under certain conditions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Companies may ban Muslim employees from wearing a headscarf under certain conditions, the European Union’s top court said on Thursday, in two cases brought by Muslim women in Germany who were suspended from their jobs after they started wearing the Islamic garment. “A prohibition on wearing any visible form of expression of […]

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Thirty people missing as deadly floods hit Germany, collapsing houses

Floods in Rhineland-Palatinate – A general view of a flooded street as bad weather conditions floods the city. – Harald Tittel/dpa Six houses collapsed in western Germany due to flooding and ongoing rain overnight, leaving about 30 people missing Thursday morning, police said. The catastrophe was unfolding in the rural Eifel region of Rhineland-Palatinate state, […]

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‘Stop blocking global COVID vaccines’: Protests greet Angela Merkel’s White House visit

Ahead of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the U.S. later this week, public health campaigners on Tuesday floated a large banner in front of the White House calling on the European leader to “stop blocking global Covid vaccines,” a reference to her continued opposition to suspending Big Pharma-friendly patent protections. “The Merkel-Biden summit will […]

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Germany and France demand explanation after wiretapping allegations

Franco-German Council of Ministers from Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a press conference via video with French President Emmanuel Macron after a plenary session of the Franco-German Council of Ministers, held via video conference. – Michael Sohn/POOL AP/dpa Berlin and Paris on Monday called for an explanation from Copenhagen after a report that […]

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German government vows not to tolerate anti-Semitic rallies

Pro-Palestine demonstration in Berlin – Protesters wave Palestinian flags during a pro-Palestine demonstration, amid the escalating flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence. – Manar Shahin/APA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa After several German cities saw anti-Israel rallies in the wake of resurging conflict between Israel and Gaza in recent days, the government has strongly condemned anti-Semitic protests and […]

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Russia orders Alexei Navalny group to suspend activities

Russian prosecutors on Monday suspended the activities of Alexei Navalny’s regional offices, in a move his team said would essentially shut down the jailed opposition figure’s movement. The move comes after Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critic, ended a hunger strike last week that he had launched to demand proper medical treatment in prison. […]

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Germany’s far-right AfD to name chancellor candidates

Germany’s far-right AfD to name chancellor candidates in May – The logo of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is projected onto a curtain at the federal party conference. The prospective chancellor candidates for Germany’s far-right AfD will be decided next month, dpa learned from party sources on Saturday. – Sina Schuldt/dpa The prospective chancellor […]

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Courts ban protests against coronavirus rules in two German cities

Protest against coronavirus rules remains banned in Dresden – Police officers block off the Bruehl Terraces during a major operation against Coronavirus demonstrations. A German court has confirmed the ban of a rally by the Querdenken (Lateral Thinking) movement in the eastern city of Dresden, planned for Saturday – Sebastian Willnow/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa German courts have confirmed […]

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The lights are out in Germany’s infamous party and red-light district

Hamburg’s Reeperbahn – The legendary Herbertstrasse in Hamburg’s red-light district on the Reeperbahn in St. Pauli – once bright and busling, now empty and dark. – Christian Charisius/dpa The bar owners of Hamburg’s Reeperbahn district have had enough. “That’s an employment ban for us,” Odin says. His bar, the 99 Cent Bar, has been shut […]

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Louvre puts entire collection online

The Louvre museum in Paris said Friday it has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge. As part of a major revamp of its online presence, the world’s most-visited museum has created a new database of 482,000 items at with more than three-quarters […]

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AstraZeneca trials ‘may have included outdated information’: US agency

A United States health agency raised concerns Tuesday that AstraZeneca may have included out-of-date information during trials of its Covid-19 vaccine, the day after the company said its drug was highly effective in preventing the disease. The news comes as Europe continues to wrangle over supplies of the jab, and after weeks of uncertainty centred […]

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