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German Ambassador calls on COAS

RAWALPINDI: German Ambassador to Pakistan Martin Kobler met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters (GHQ) on Thursday. Issues of mutual interest including security situation came under discussion in the meeting, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued here. The German Ambassador said Germany was grateful to Pakistan…

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Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Cologne

ANKARA: Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdish militant rally in Cologne, the foreign ministry said, in a further sign of strained relations between the NATO allies, reported Reuters. “We condemn the organization of a rally in the German city of Cologne by the extensions of…

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Facebook won’t make cars, Sandberg reassures Germany

FRANKFURT: Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg went on a charm offensive in Germany on Thursday, telling the country’s powerful automakers that the world’s biggest social network does not want to compete with them, reported Reuters. “I come with very good news. We’re the only company in Silicon Valley that’s not building a car,” Sandberg…

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Karachi among world’s most stressful cities, study finds

Karachi is listed among the 10 most stressful cities, according to a new study that reveals the world’s most and least stressful cities of 2017. Stuttgart is the least stressed out city across the globe, the 2017 Global Least and Most Stressful Cities Ranking says, with four of the top 10 relaxing cities situated in…

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Refugees would again be welcomed by Germany: Merkel

NEWS DESK: Angela Merkel has said she has no qualms about her decision to open Germany’s doors to refugees in 2015, arguing that the policy was “humane” and a reaction to an emergency situation, reported The Independent. German Chancellor said she was convinced that she had made the right decision to allow safe passage –…

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German killer nurse murdered ‘at least 90 patients’: police

BERLIN: A male nurse jailed for life two years ago for killing two hospital patients with lethal drug overdoses murdered at least 90 patients in total, and possibly twice as many, police said Monday, calling it post-war Germany’s worst killing spree. Niels Hoegel, 40, was jailed in February 2015 for two murders and four counts…

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Erdogan warns German foreign minister to ‘know your limits’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to “know your limits” after he vehemently criticised the Turkish leader for interfering in Germany’s upcoming elections. “He knows no limits! Who are you to talk to the president of Turkey? Know your limits. He is trying to teach us a lesson… How…

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World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attack

BARCELONA: Spanish and world leaders on Thursday condemned the Barcelona van attack, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims.

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Merkel reaches out to young voters on YouTube

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, campaigning Wednesday for the youth vote on YouTube ahead of September 24 elections, said her favourite emoticon was the “smiley” and dismissed fears about a potential World War III. The 63-year-old leader, in power for nearly 12 years, also said she hoped to appoint equal numbers of male and female…

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PM announces state funeral for Dr. Ruth Pfau

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi on Thursday has announced a state funeral for the messiah of Pakistani lepers Dr. Ruth Pfau who passed away at a Karachi hospital on Thursday. In a statement, PM Abbasi stated that the whole nation is indebted to Dr. Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for eradication…

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Naval chief visits German Naval Academy, Submarine Naval Base

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah Wednesday visited German Naval Academy at Flensburg and German Submarine Naval Base at Eckernforde. Upon his arrival at German Naval Academy, he was received by Commandant German Naval Academy Flotillen Admiral Kay-Achim Shonbach, a press release received here said. Professional matters of mutual interest came under…

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Germany lauds Pakistan’s role for peace in region

BERLIN: Germany has appreciated the role and contributions of Pakistan in spearheading various initiatives for maintaining peace and stability in the region. The appreciation came from German Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Ruehle and German Naval Chief, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause during their meeting with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah in…

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Hamburg supermarket attacker was ‘known Islamist’

HAMBURG: The suspect who killed a man with a knife in a Hamburg supermarket was a known Islamist with psychological problems but his motives remain unclear, German officials said Saturday.

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U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran firms after satellite launch

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on six subsidiaries of a company key to Iran’s ballistic missile programme, citing continued “provocative actions” like Tehran’s launch of a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit. Iranian state television reported on Thursday that Iran had successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into…

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Prince William, Kate on Brexit diplomacy tour of Poland, Germany

Prince William and his wife Kate arrived in Warsaw on Monday on a five-day “diplomacy tour” of Poland and Germany in the wake of Brexit, which has tarnished Britain’s reputation in Europe. After the royal couple’s plane landed under grey skies, their children George and Charlotte pressed their faces against a window and looked out…

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Video: Man heroically delivers pizza through violent protest

HAMBURG: A violent and fierce protest erupted in Hamburg where hundreds of protesters were gathered to raise their voice against world leaders. But it wasn’t enough to deter a pizza delivery guy from taking his order across.  It was a rare sight and one for sore eyes. A committed pizza delivery guy took the “30 minutes or…

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Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord

HAMBURG: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Saturday that his country would not ratify the Paris climate accord, speaking at the end of the G20 summit in Germany.

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German police fire water cannons as leftists stage mass anti-G20 protests

NEWS DESK: Clashes erupted in Hamburg, Germany, as G20 summit leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, began arriving on Friday. The German police fired water cannons and pepper spray at the protesters, reported BBC and Channel 4. Many were protesting the arrivals of Trump and Putin, calling the protest ‘Welcome…

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In pictures: ‘Zombies’ come out to protest ahead of G-20 summit

HAMBURG: Hundreds of protesters walked onto the streets, dressed as zombies on Thursday in the German city, one day before the world’s top economic powers’ leaders gather for a G-20 meeting on July 7.  It certainly wasn’t a scene from Night of The Living Dead and neither was it a remake of Michael Jackson’s Thriller…

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Germany legalises same-sex marriage despite Merkel’s objections

Berlin: Germany legalised same-sex marriage Friday despite the personal objections of Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the nation joined many other western democracies in granting gay and lesbian couples full rights including adoption. The election-year bill was pushed by Merkel’s leftist rivals, who pounced on comments she made early this week suggesting a policy U-turn —…

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Football: Germany beat Spain to win under-21 Euro

Kraków, Poland: Mitchell Weiser scored with a looping first-half header to hand Germany the under-21 European Championship title after a 1-0 win over Spain in the southern Polish city of Krakow on Friday. It is Germany’s second title in the age group following their triumph in 2009, while Spain failed to expand their collection of…

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