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Jail term of over four years sought for German Islamic State suspect

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FRANKFURT - A state prosecutor on Friday demanded a prison term of over four years for a 20-year-old German man accused of fighting with Islamic State insurgents in Syria, in the first trial of its kind in Germany.

Germany backs Blackberry's purchase of Secusmart

BERLIN - Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry's planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Tech, Deals, Media 28 Nov 2014

Goldman, BASF, HSBC accused of metals price fixing: U.S. lawsuit

NEW YORK - Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Germany's BASF SE and two other big platinum and palladium dealers have been sued in the United States in what the plaintiff's law firm called the first nationwide class action over alleged price-fixing of the metals.

Exclusive: First gene therapy drug sets million-euro price record

FRANKFURT/LONDON - The Western world's first gene therapy drug is set to go on sale in Germany with a 1.1 million euro ($1.4 million) price tag, a new record for a medicine to treat a rare disease.

Science, Health, 26 Nov 2014

Far-left politician a new threat to Merkel?

BERLIN - A small eastern state is set to embark on an experiment that could shift the political landscape in Germany, loosening Angela Merkel's grip on power and raising the chances of a future government in Berlin that includes fervent supporters of Russia.

World, 26 Nov 2014

Germany to introduce legal quotas for women on company boards

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition parties agreed on Tuesday to a draft law that would force Germany's leading listed companies to allocate 30 percent of the seats on non-executive boards to women from 2016 onward.

25 Nov 2014

Tesla says in talks with BMW over car batteries, parts

FRANKFURT - U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany's BMW over a possible collaboration in batteries and lightweight components, Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel. | Video

24 Nov 2014

Tesla says in talks with BMW over car batteries, parts

FRANKFURT - U.S. electric carmaker Tesla Motors is in talks with Germany's BMW over a possible alliance in batteries and light-weight components, Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk told German weekly Der Spiegel.

Deals, 23 Nov 2014

Islamic State has lured 550 Germans into fighting: spy agency

BERLIN - The number of Germans fighting alongside Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq has increased sharply to 550 and around 180 have returned, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

World, Syria, Iraq 23 Nov 2014

Merkel against unilaterally recognizing Palestine as a state

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected the idea of Germany recognizing Palestine as a state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations.

World, Israel 21 Nov 2014
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Bombs, gunfire kill 81 at crowded mosque in Nigeria's Kano

KANO, Nigeria - Gunmen set off three bombs and opened fire on worshippers at the main mosque in north Nigeria's biggest city Kano on Friday, killing at least 81 people, witnesses and officials said, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of Islamist Boko Haram militants. | Video