Fugitive former Nazi death camp secretary ‘found’ hours after fleeing ahead of war crimes trial

Authorities in Germany have located a 96-year-old former Nazi concentration camp secretary who failed to turn up for the start of her trial in Germany on Thursday, a court spokeswoman said. Irmgard Furchner, who is charged with complicity in the murders of more than 10,000 people, “has been found”, said Frederike Milhoffer, a spokeswoman for […]

Trump’s mail-in voting lies are showing up in Germany’s election

Donald Trump’s lies about mail-in voting have surfaced in Germany’s unusually wide open general election to replace longtime chancellor Angela Merkel. Three candidates — Armin Laschet, from Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, Olaf Scholz from the center-left Social Democrats and Annalena Baerbock of the Greens — are locked in a tight race just days ahead […]

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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