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2006-05-04 20:35:00

By Tabassum Zakaria and Noah Barkin WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Thursday the United States would not waver in its commitment to the security of Israel and would have no contact with Hamas leaders of the Palestinian government until the militant group recognizes the Jewish state. Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at the 100th-anniversary gala of the American Jewish Committee, presented a united front on Hamas and Iran -- both of which have refused...

2006-05-01 03:35:02

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to the United States this week for the second time in four months, intent on mapping out a strategy for confronting Iran that will not splinter the West as Iraq did three years ago. Merkel, whose visit in January opened a new warmer chapter in ties following her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder's damaging clash with the White House over Iraq, arrives in Washington on Wednesday for talks and dinner with President...

2006-04-19 10:25:00

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany reproached two British newspapers on Wednesday for publishing revealing photographs of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband in holiday swimwear. The Sun and Daily Sport ran the shots of Merkel and Joachim Sauer relaxing by a pool on the Italian island of Ischia. Merkel would not sue the papers as she was sure the public would condemn the publication of the pictures, her government spokesman Thomas Steg said. The Sun ran a photo on Monday which it said...

2006-04-14 09:08:39

BERLIN (Reuters) - The U.S. government wants to deport a group of Chinese Muslims held at the Guantanamo prison camp to Germany and is pressuring Chancellor Angela Merkel to take in the ethnic Uighurs, a newspaper reported on Friday. The German daily Die Welt quoted diplomatic sources saying Merkel's government has resisted the U.S. pressure to accept the 15 Uighurs from the restive, predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang in China's northwest. "We have no comment on the report," a...

2006-04-10 05:45:03

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, said on Monday he was stepping down on the advice of doctors only months after taking office. Matthias Platzeck, 52, was admitted to hospital last month after suffering from a sudden hearing problem. "In the past days I had to come to the toughest decision in my life, which was to follow my doctors' urgent advice to step down from my position...

2006-03-26 02:02:28

By Iain Rogers BERLIN (Reuters) - Voting began on Sunday in three German regional elections that are expected to shore up support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition but also herald new pressure for tricky reforms once they are over. The elections, in the wealthy states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate and the poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt, are the first since Merkel took office in November as head of a delicately balanced government of...

2006-02-03 12:47:17

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made an appeal broadcast on the Al Jazeera television station on Friday calling on Iraqi kidnappers to free two German engineers threatened with death. "Chancellor (Angela) Merkel and I are appealing to you -- also in the name of all Germans -- to release Thomas Nitzschke and Rene Braeunlich unharmed," Steinmeier said A deadline set by the kidnappers expires on Friday and Steinmeier said the government had been unable...

2006-01-16 07:40:19

By Meg Clothier MOSCOW (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel met President Vladimir Putin on Monday for talks in which she was expected to press him to support European Union and U.S. diplomatic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. On her first visit to Moscow since taking over from Putin's close friend Gerhard Schroeder, Merkel met the Russian leader in the Kremlin for talks to discuss Iran, energy ties, the situation in Chechnya and other issues, German officials said....

2006-01-02 21:28:53

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel worked as a cocktail waitress in a disco while studying physics in Communist East Germany and later moved into an empty East Berlin flat as a squatter after leaving her first husband. These are among the illuminating details to emerge about Germany's first female chancellor in a new biography entitled "Merkel, Macht, Politik" ("Merkel, Power, Politics") by German journalist Patricia Lessnerkraus. As a child, Merkel struggled to...

2005-12-18 14:39:41

By Philip Blenkinsop BERLIN (Reuters) - A German archaeologist kidnapped by gunmen in Iraq three weeks ago is free and her driver should shortly be released, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a news conference on Sunday. Susanne Osthoff, 43, who had spent more than a decade working on excavations in Iraq, disappeared heading north from Baghdad with the driver on November 25. "I'm pleased to announce today, also on behalf of the German chancellor, that Mrs Susanne...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.