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Army chief in Germany to attend Munich Security Conference

BERLIN: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in Germany on Saturday to attend Munich Security Conference. According to ISPR, the army chief will speak at the conference giving Pakistan’s perspective on global and regional security. COAS will also have few sideline meetings with other participating international civilian and military leadership, ISPR…

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#MeToo debate dominates Berlin filmfest opening

Acclaimed US director Wes Anderson’s new animated feature “Isle of Dogs” will on Thursday kick off the Berlin film festival, which is set to be rocked by aftershocks of the #MeToo movement. With the global cinema industry in turmoil over allegations of rampant sexual misconduct, the 11-day event will seek a delicate balance between Hollywood…

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Five points that may catch your interest in Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN: The Berlin film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase since the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal roiled the industry, starts Thursday with 400 new movies slated and a controversy of its own brewing. US filmmaker Wes Anderson will kick off the race for the Golden Bear top prize with the animated feature “Isle of…

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Germany win Davis Cup tie against Australia

NEWS DESK: German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday, reported AFP. Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany…

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#MeToo moment hits Germany with TV director abuse scandal

BERLIN: A growing sexual assault and harassment scandal surrounding German TV director Dieter Wedel took on a political dimension Friday as accusations of a cover-up hit a public broadcaster. A cascade of allegations against Wedel mark the first in Germany since the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct gained momentum in the wake of the…

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German envoy meets COAS

RAWALPINDI: Martin Kobler, German Ambassador to Pakistan met Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ today. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest including regional peace and stability were discussed. The German envoy acknowledged Pakistan Army’s contributions towards regional peace and stability.

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Anti-Semitism has no place in Germany, minister says after Israeli flags burned

Protesters demonstrate outside the U.S. embassy against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in Berlin, Germany December 8, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt BERLIN: German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said there was no place for anti-Semitism in Germany after demonstrators angered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital…

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Here is how life has become harder in Berlin

BERLIN: Party-goers and tourists love Berlin, the capital of techno and home to a vibrant art scene. But behind the trendy facade lies an overstretched administration battling chronic understaffing and drastic cost cuts. The heavily indebted German capital has been on an austerity drive for the last 15 years, leaving some public services in a…

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Germany warns US ‘will never be the same’ now Donald Trump is president

NEWS DESK: Germany’s foreign minister has warned the US “will never be the same” now Donald Trump is president, reported The Independent. Sigmar Gabriel, the European power’s top diplomat, delivered a stark warning over America’s new approach to international relations during a speech to foreign policy experts on Tuesday. “The US no longer sees the…

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World, bar Israel, condemns Trump Jerusalem announcement

PARIS: Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn sharp criticism, with the significant exception of Israel. Here are key reactions from around the world: – Israel salutes ‘historic’ day – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s recognition as “historic” and a “courageous and just decision”. Netanyahu also pledged no…

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Nearly 50 injured in Germany train crash: fire dept

BERLIN: At least 47 people were injured when a passenger train crashed into a freight train near the western German city of Duesseldorf on Tuesday, prompting a large rescue operation. At least three of the passengers were “badly hurt” while the vast majority suffered light injuries, the Meerbusch fire department said on Twitter, giving the…

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Germany to cut diplomatic mission in North Korea

WASHINGTON: Germany will reduce its diplomatic mission in Pyongyang and require North Korea to shrink its presence in Berlin, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Thursday after meeting his US counterpart. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed Gabriel to the State Department as Washington is turning up the pressure on its allies to do more…

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Merkel struggles to avert coalition talks collapse

Chancellor Angela Merkel was struggling Sunday to prevent a collapse in high stakes coalition talks, which could force new elections and destabilise Germany and Europe. Elections in September left the veteran leader weakened and without a majority as some of her party’s voters turned to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), angered by her liberal…

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After US pullout, world leaders plead for climate action

Bonn, Germany: World leaders shared the spotlight with a 12-year-old Pacific islander on Wednesday to drive home a plea for urgent climate action despite the Trump administration’s rejection of a planet rescue plan. UN chief Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel led the diplomatic push in Bonn, but it was…

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New boys impress as England hold Germany

LONDON: England debutants Jordan Pickford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek caught the eye as Gareth Southgate’s injured-ravaged side played out a 0-0 draw with world champions Germany in Friday’s Wembley friendly. Everton goalkeeper Pickford, 23, made a number of smart saves, while 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan at Crystal Palace, produced an assured display…

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Germany officially recognizing ‘third sex’ other than male and female

NEWS DESK: The highest court in Germany has ruled that a third sex must be included on official documents, becoming the first European country to make the change, reported The Independent. The Federal Constitutional Court has ordered the creation of a new term covering intersex people, using a “positive name for the sex” for birth…

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Pakistan, Germany sign four agreements for vaccination, polio eradication

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Germany on Tuesday signed four financial and technical agreements for vaccination and polio eradication from the country. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Arif Ahmed Khan and Ambassador of Germany to Pakistan Martin Kobler signed the agreements for the Financial Support 2015 and Technical Agreement 2016, amounting to 76.4 million Euros and 15.3 million…

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Singapore has ‘most powerful’ passport in the world, Pakistan ranked at no. 93

Singapore may be a city-state but it has the most powerful passport in the world, according to the ‘Global Passport Power Rank 2017’ by global financial advisory firm Arton Capital.  This is the first time that an Asian nation has topped the list and left behind all countries. Previously, Germany and Singapore shared the number one spot…

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Four lightly injured in Munich knife attack: police

MUNICH: Four people were lightly injured Saturday morning in the southern German city of Munich by a man wielding a knife who fled the scene, said police, adding possible motives were unknown. The man attacked passersby in five places near Rosenheimer Platz in the eastern part of the city centre at around 0630 GMT, inflicting…

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UK, Germany, France ‘stand committed’ to Iran deal

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Friday said they remain committed to the international nuclear deal with Iran after US President Donald Trump refused to certify the agreement. British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they “stand committed to its full implementation by all sides,”…

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Video: Sufi Festival in London

Families from Canada, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, France and United Kingdom attended a Sufi Festival organized by Sindh’s Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Department in London.

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