Riham Alkousaa

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20 Dec 2017 | 4:22 AM

Merkel admits mistakes in the 2016 Christmas market attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany should learn from security shortcomings exposed by a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market a year ago and increase aid to survivors and families of victims, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

13 Dec 2017 | 7:52 PM

Factbox - Points of contention in talks on German coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative Bavarian allies meet the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Wednesday to start exploring the possibility of governing together.

30 Nov 2017 | 4:03 AM

German SPD, conservatives argue over repatriation of Syrian refugees

BERLIN (Reuters) - Members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives argued on Wednesday about repatriating Syrian refugees accused of crimes, a potential foretaste of coalition negotiations on immigration.

28 Nov 2017 | 4:02 AM

Germany's Christmas markets open under tight security a year after attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Christmas markets opened on Monday at the start of the holiday season, with security staff on hand and concrete barriers to protect shoppers, nearly a year after an Islamist militant killed 12 people by driving a truck into crowds.

17 Nov 2017 | 12:35 AM

Refugee crisis influx no boon for German integration - study

BERLIN (Reuters) - The wave of refugees that entered Germany in 2015-2016 has slowed its integration efforts, according to a study that also showed little progress since 2005 in levelling the playing field for immigrants on education, employment and incomes.

9 Nov 2017 | 12:17 AM

German court rules in favour of third gender category

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's highest court ruled on Wednesday in favour of the introduction of a third gender category for people who do not identify as either male or female or are born with an ambiguous sexual anatomy.

18 Oct 2017 | 8:55 PM

Germany suspends training of Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will suspend its mission training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq because of the conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government, the German defence minister said on Wednesday.

28 Sep 2017 | 10:22 PM

Extortionist seeking millions by poisoning supermarket food - German police

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man slipped a potentially lethal poison into food, including baby food, on sale in some German supermarkets in an extortion scheme aimed at raising millions of euros, police said on Thursday. No cases of poisoning had been reported so far.

22 Sep 2017 | 10:06 PM

Germany expels second Vietnamese diplomat over 'Cold War-style' abduction

Berlin (Reuters) - Germany said on Friday it had ordered a second Vietnamese embassy official to leave the country, after the alleged kidnapping of a Vietnamese businessman who had applied for asylum and was facing corruption allegations back home.

11 Sep 2017 | 7:57 PM

Merkel in diplomatic push on North Korea, to speak with Putin - spokesman

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of high-level talks aimed at increasing pressure on North Korea over its nuclear programme, her spokesman said on Monday.