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Germany court resumes accused Nazi guard's trial
May 13, 2015
A judge for the Lueneburg state court in Germany said the trial against a 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard can resume, finding him fit to stand trial. Oskar Gröening was charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison for processing the belongings of t....... [more]

France aviation giant files complaints over US spy claims
May 1, 2015
French aviation giant Airbus said Friday it is filing criminal complaints alleging that German intelligence helped the US carry out industrial espionage. The criminal complaint against persons unknown was filed following German media reports that the country's spy agency BND was collecting data on E....... [more]

Germany parliament calls killings of Armenians 'genocide'
April 24, 2015
The German Parliament on Friday approved a resolution declaring the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I a "genocide." The resolution's approval, which coincides with the centenary of the start of the killings, was led by President of the Bundestag Norb....... [more]

Accused Nazi officer goes on trial, admits moral guilt
April 21, 2015
Oskar Groening, a former Auschwitz guard, admitted in his opening statement before a court in Germany Tuesday that he shared the burden of moral guilt for his role at Auschwitz, which earned him the title, "Accountant of Auschwitz," but left it to the judges to determine if his actions were sufficie....... [more]

Nuclear talks with Iran intensify close to preliminary deadline
March 29, 2015
Nuclear talks continued Sunday in Lausanne, Switzerland, two days before a self-imposed deadline for a preliminary deal set by the six world powers involved in the negotiations with Iran. US Secretary of State John Kerry and French and German foreign ministers have cancelled travel plans to leave La....... [more]

HRW urges European leaders to raise concerns over Kyrgyzstan
March 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country reject two bills that....... [more]

Ukrainian president calls for further sanctions after Russia fails to honor a ceasefire
March 15, 2015
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sunday spoke to Germany's Bild newspaper, calling for further sanctions against Russia after they allegedly failed to honor a ceasefire. An agreement was signed in Minsk in September calling for the withdrawal of all heavy weaponry from the front lines. Thoug....... [more]

German Parliament approves gender quota legislation for large companies
March 6, 2015
Germany's lower house of parliament passed legislation on Friday requiring large companies to allocate 30 percent of non-executive board seats to women, after a survey found that women remain grossly under represented in big business. The survey found that the chief executives of Germany's largest 3....... [more]

European top court issues preliminary opinion on US soldier seeking asylum in Germany
February 27, 2015
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a preliminary judgment on Thursday that found a US soldier could possible seek asylum in Germany if he can show a proper reason for his desertion. André Shepherd deserted in Germany in 2007 and sought asylum there the following year. He allegedly deserted....... [more]

Egypt court clears Mubarak officials of corruption
February 24, 2015
The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday acquitted Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Nazif and former minister of interior Habib el-Adly of all charges. Both defendants were charged with "squandering public funds and profiteering" after allegedly making an illegal deal with German Company UTSCH to sell li....... [more]

Germany prosecutors charge 94-year-old for Auschwitz involvement
February 24, 2015
A 94-year-old man will stand trial in Germany for 3,681 counts of accessory to murder on allegations of serving in the Auschwitz death camp during World War II. Prosecutors stated that the man was a former SS sergeant who served as a medic in an SS hospital in Auschwitz. As a medic, the prosecutors....... [more]




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