German defense minister proposes security zone for Syria

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s defense minister proposed Tuesday the establishment of an internationally controlled security zone in Syria, hours before a five-day cease-fire between Turkish troops and Syrian Kurdish fighters was set to expire in the war-torn country.

The proposal comes as Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters invaded northern Syria earlier this month, after President Donald Trump pulled back American troops who had partnered with Syrian Kurdish forces in the years-long war against the Islamic State group.

German minister doesn't rule out short Brexit extension

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s foreign minister said he hoped British lawmakers would vote on Monday to proceed with an orderly Brexit, adding that he could imagine a short extension to Britain’s departure from the European Union if London needed the time to pass legislation.

“I hope that the British lower house, showing the necessary responsibility, can take a decision on this today and that on the basis of this decision we will be in a position to achieve an orderly Brexit,” Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Berlin.

Russian, WADA experts postpone meeting on Moscow lab’s data inconsistencies

MUNICH, October 20. /TASS/: A meeting of experts from Russia and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on the reported inconsistencies in data from the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory has been postponed, Chair of the WADA Compliance Review Committee Jonathan Taylor told TASS on Sunday.

The meeting was expected to take place in Lausanne on October 23 to discuss Russia’s explanations to WADA on the inconsistencies in the data retrieved from the Moscow Anti-Doping Lab.

Former SS guard, 93, on trial in Germany for complicity

17 October 2019; AFP: A 93-year-old former SS guard goes on trial in Germany on Thursday for complicity in the murder of more than 5,000 people at a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, in what could be one of the last such cases.

The man, identified by German media as Bruno Dey, stands accused of involvement in the murder of 5,230 people when he worked at the Stutthof camp near what was then Danzig, now Gdansk in Poland.

Germany's Scholz calls for coordinated approach to convince Turkey to end Syria operation

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for not having coordinated his decision to impose sanctions against Turkey, adding that the European Union is discussing its options and should act together.

Trump on Monday announced a package of sanctions to punish Turkey, a week after reversing U.S. policy and moving troops out of the way to allow Turkey to attack Washington’s allies in northern Syria.

German security services want more powers to fight extremism

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s security services said Tuesday they’re seeking greater powers to fight the kind of far-right extremism behind last week’s synagogue attack, including requiring internet companies to report illegal hate speech to police.

A 27-year-old German man previously unknown to police confessed to carrying out the attack in the eastern city of Halle in which two people were killed Wednesday.

Germany, France halt arms exports to Turkey

13 Oct 2019; MEMO: Germany and France announced Saturday they halted arms export to Turkey, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Against the backdrop of the Turkish military offensive in northeastern Syria, the Federal Government will not grant new permits for any military equipment that could be used in Syria by Turkey,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told local newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Germany: Daimler asked to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles

Frankfurt Am Main, Oct 11 (AFP/PTI) Germany's federal transport authority KBA has ordered Daimler to recall hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles for breaking emissions rules, the auto giant said Friday.

"We estimate that the recall will concern a six-digit figure," it said, adding that it will "cooperate with the authorities".

The KBA has ordered the recall of successive waves of Daimler vehicles in recent years as it has uncovered excessive emissions but the company has always contested involvement in the so-called "dieselgate" scandal that broke in 2015.

Germany must protect Jewish life, president says after synagogue attack

HALLE, Germany (Reuters) - Germans need to stand together against extremist violence and protect Jewish life, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Thursday after visiting a synagogue where a gunman began an attack a day earlier in which he killed two people.

Though the gunman did not get into the synagogue in Wednesday’s attack, he went on to kill two bystanders in a live-streamed rampage, which appeared to be modeled on last year’s gun attack on a New Zealand mosque.

2 dead in attack targeting German synagogue on Yom Kippur

HALLE, Germany (AP) — A heavily armed assailant ranting about Jews tried to force his way into a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day, then shot two people to death nearby in an attack Wednesday that was livestreamed on a popular gaming site.

The attacker shot at the door of the synagogue in the eastern city of Halle but did not get in as 70 to 80 people inside were observing the holy day.

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