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Denmark’s secret service helped US spy on European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Denmark’s secret service helped the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on European leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a European media reports published on Sunday revealed. The disclosure that the US had been spying on its allies first started coming to light in 2013, but it is only now […]

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United States waives sanctions on Russian gas pipeline project to Germany

The Biden administration waived sanctions on the company building a gas pipeline between Russia and Germany. United States also lifted sanctions on an executive who leads the firm behind the Nord Stream 2 project. The move came in a report on Russian sanctions delivered to Congress by the Department of State. The pipeline project has been […]

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Mohamed Nasheed flown to Germany for medical treatment after assassination attempt last week

Mohamed Nasheed, the speaker of Maldives was flown to Germany for further medical treatment after last week’s attempt to assassinate him. Mr Nasheed has been in intensive care after a bomb injured him outside his home in the capital Male on 6 May. The former president underwent a 16 hours of surgery to remove shrapnel […]

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Germany, France should mediate talks between Russia and Ukraine: Ukraine’s Zelensky proposes

Amid tensions between NATO-backed Ukraine and Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also attended part of the meeting via a conference call. Recent weeks had seen a flare-up of the conflict provoked by the February 2014 NATO-backed coup in Ukraine, in which Washington […]

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German company invents eye-scan test that detects Covid-19, gives results in 3 minutes

A Munich-based company hopes to help usher in a new era of coronavirus testing with an eye scan. The company claims it takes just three minutes to identify carriers of the disease and has a hit rate of 95%. Semic RF has developed its scanning app with colleagues in the United States and, pending regulatory […]

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Troop of 25 monkeys escape German zoo to chill in the Sun before being recaptured

A troop of 25 monkeys broke out of a south-western German zoo and spent the day lolling in the sun near a forest before being recaptured, authorities said. The Barbary macaques, commonly known as Barbary apes, escaped from the zoo in Loeffingen, southwest of Stuttgart and not far from the Swiss border. It was not […]

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Germany limits use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for below 60s over clot fears

Germany suspended the routine use of Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine for people aged below 60 because of a risk of rare blood clots. The German medicines regulator found 31 cases of a type of rare blood clot among the nearly 2.7 million people who had received the vaccine in Germany. Almost all the cases are reportedly […]

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Criticism forces Angela Merkel cancel strict lockdown over Easter holidays

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled plans for a strict lockdown over Easter, just a day after the measures were announced. Calling the plan a “mistake”, Mrs Merkel said she took “ultimate responsibility” for the U-turn. The proposed lockdown was agreed with regional leaders in talks overnight on Monday, with restrictions set to be tightened […]

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Germany imposes stricter restrictions for Easter holiday, extends lockdown for 3 weeks

Germany extended its lockdown for three weeks, imposing an almost complete halt over the Easter holiday in response to a third wave of coronavirus infections. After talks with regional leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany was now in a “very serious” situation. Restrictions will be even tougher from 1-5 April, when most shops will be […]

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Germany: Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police amid virus restrictions

Police deployed water cannon and pepper spray after a gathering of some 20,000 protesters against lockdown and other coronavirus rules in central Germany turned violent, with some demonstrators throwing bottles at police. Protesters from all over Germany converged on the central city of Kassel for the march, which was organised by the “Querdenker” – “Lateral […]

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Germany, France, Italy and Spain suspend use of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

Germany, France, Italy and Spain suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after several reports of blood clots in people who received the shot in Europe. The flurry of suspensions came after a number of other countries, mostly in Europe, halted their rollouts late last week. The World Health Organization (WHO) has backed the use […]

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Criminal complaint filed against MBS and other Saudi officials in German court

Reporters Without Borders filed a criminal complaint in Germany accusing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other Saudi officials of committing crimes against humanity by killing Jamal Khashoggi and the detention of 34 other journalists. The Paris-based media advocacy group said in a statement that it had filed the complaint with a federal court in […]