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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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Football: Defending champions Germany qualify for World Cup

BELFAST: Defending champions Germany secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 victory away to Northern Ireland in Belfast on Thursday. Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner scored first-half goals and Joshua Kimmich netted a late third as Germany made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C…

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Humbled Merkel vows to win back hard-right voters

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she would talk with all mainstream parties about trying to form a “good, stable” government after Germany’s watershed election, and vowed to try to win back voters who supported an upstart nationalist force. Sunday’s election saw the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party poach one million votes from Merkel’s…

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Angela Merkel 4.0: centre stage in a turbulent world

BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel heads into a fourth term with no shortage of global challenges in her in-tray, as a world beset by crises increasingly looks to Europe’s most powerful woman to take centre stage. Here’s a look at some of the issues that promise to test Merkel’s diplomatic finesse: Europe: Steering the Franco-German motor…

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Merkel wins fourth term, hard right gains foothold in parliament

Berlin, Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election on Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the hard-right AfD party winning its first seats in parliament. Merkel, who after 12 years in power held a double-digit lead for most of the campaign, scored around 33 percent of the vote with her…

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Merkel heads for 4th term, hard-right eyes first seats in Germany

Berlin: Germans voted Sunday in a general election expected to hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term while the hard-right nationalist AfD party was expected to make history by winning its first seats in parliament. Europe’s most powerful woman appears all but assured of winning another term, matching the 16-year reign of her mentor Helmut…

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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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