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Merkel, Putin to discuss Syria, Ukraine and energy


BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin will discuss the war in Syria, the conflict in east Ukraine and a disputed pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany during talks near Berlin on Saturday, a German government spokesman said.

Far-right German leader skeptical of Bannon's anti-EU push

BERLIN A leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has poured cold water on plans by Steve Bannon, U.S. President Donald Trump's former political strategist, to forge a wide populist alliance to undermine the European Union.

World, Aug 11 2018

Germany softens ban on Nazi symbols in computer games

BERLIN Computer games that feature symbols of unconstitutional organizations such as the swastika of Hitler's Nazi party could be sold in Germany in future after the game classification body said on Thursday it was changing how it assessed them.

World, Aug 09 2018

Thyssenkrupp CEO sees job cuts as part of overhaul: FAZ

BERLIN Germany's embattled industrial group Thyssenkrupp expects job cuts as part of an overhaul of its operations, daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported, citing an interview with the top executive.

Aug 09 2018

Calico crayfish wreaks havoc in German waters

RHEINSTETTEN, Germany The calico crayfish can fit in a human palm but it multiplies fast and poses a threat to fresh water life in Germany, an expert said.

Environment, Aug 09 2018

Germany's Lanxess gets out of rubber with Saudi Aramco sale

FRANKFURT/DUBAI Germany's Lanxess is selling its 50 percent stake in synthetic-rubber maker Arlanxeo to partner Saudi Aramco for around 1.4 billion euros ($1.6 billion) in cash in a deal it said will give it more flexibility to grow.

Aug 08 2018

Turkey's Erdogan to pay state visit to Germany

BERLIN Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will pay a state visit to Germany on Sept. 28-29, a spokeswoman for German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday, amid efforts by the allies to improves ties strained by a number of disputes.

World, Aug 07 2018

Slovakia to allow police officers to testify on alleged kidnapping of Vietnamese

BRATISLAVA Slovakia's Interior Ministry will allow police officers to testify in an investigation into the case of a former Vietnamese business executive who Germany says was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents in Germany and smuggled back home through Slovakia.

World, Aug 06 2018

SPD leader says further dispute could undo German coalition: media

BERLIN The leader of Germany's center-left Social Democrats on Friday said she cannot rule out the collapse of Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile coalition government if it runs into another divisive dispute such as its recent fight over migration.

World, Aug 03 2018

Slovakia probes reports of role in kidnap of Vietnamese ex-executive

BRATISLAVA Slovakia said on Friday it would send its interior minister and police chief to talk to police in Berlin following media reports that a Slovak state plane was used in the kidnap in Germany of a Vietnamese oil executive who was then spirited back to Vietnam.

World, Aug 03 2018

South Korean court finds former star politician not guilty in #MeToo sex abuse charges: Yonhap

SEOUL A former provincial governor accused of sexual abuse in one of South Korea's most high-profile cases inspired by the "MeToo" movement was found not guilty by a Seoul district court on Tuesday, according Yonhap news agency.