More than half the passengers on a luxury cruise finally got to disembark on Saturday at a Cambodian port after the ship was turned away from the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Thailand due to fears about the virus. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: France announces first COVID-19 death in Europe
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Responding to a question about the killing of General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone in early January, Zarif declared an end to Iran's retaliation. He said that his country had no interest in an escalation of the conflict with the US. He did not, however, rule out acts of revenge from the Iraqi population. After all, he pointed out, Iraqi members of government and the military had also been killed in the attack. He said that Iran could not exert any influence in this case. … [Read more...] about Iran crisis: An unbridgeable gap over the Gulf
At the same time, Germany cannot isolate itself from the developments in and around Afghanistan. Migration remains one of the most divisive issues in Germany since the 2015 refugee crisis. Berlin can come up with a real strategy for the post-deal Afghanistan. Also, Kabul will need a strong German and European commitment during this process. The upcoming German EU presidency could be a great opportunity to achieve these goals. … [Read more...] about Afghan peace deal, but at what cost?
The Duisburg police posted a clear warning on their homepage Friday about the threat posed by the Polish explosives and urged parents to speak to their children about them before the coming New Year. Fatalities and serious injuries are a regular part of German New Year celebrations, as fireworks are permitted for private use around the country. … [Read more...] about Germany: 10-year-old blows up school toilet with illegal firecracker
Until that moment, all other German political parties had ruled out cooperation with the AfD at any level of government, and the outcome caused nationwide outrage. Chancellor Angela Merkel called it "unacceptable" and Kemmerich was forced to resign a day later without naming his cabinet. However, he remains the caretaker premier. … [Read more...] about Germany: Thuringia’s ex-premier makes new offer after AfD debacle