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Rival rallies as Erdogan opens mega mosque in Germany

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:00 PM

While the leaders of Turkey and Germany signal their interest in a cautious rapprochement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stresses that 'deep differences' remained on civil rights and other issues in Turkey

PRO-ERDOGAN RALLY. Wellwishers hold Turkish flags and a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as police officers block the access to Cologne's Central Mosque, one of Europe's largest, prior to the visit of the Turkish President to Cologne, where he is to inaugurate the mosque on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sascha Schuermann/AFP

Tensions as tens of thousands rally for Erdogan in Germany

Aug 01, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Germany is home to 3 million ethnic Turks – the biggest Turkish diaspora in the world – and a huge crowd turned up to show support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

epa05449951 Supporters and protestors wave Turkish flags during a pro-Erdogan rally in Cologne, Germany, 31 July 2016. Extra police have been deployed to Cologne where tens of thousands of protestors are expected to participate in the pro-Erdogen rally, in support of the Turkish President. EPA/OLIVER BERG

Cloth with Pope John Paul II's blood stolen in Germany

Jun 06, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Its material value is small but the spiritual loss is much greater the provost of the Cologne Cathedral is quoted as saying

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 23, 1998 shows Pope John Paul II waving at Abuja airport after he wound up a three-day pastoral visit to military-ruled Nigeria. A cloth with a drop of the late Pope John Paul II’s blood has been stolen from Cologne Cathedral, German police have said on June 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK

Merkel wants expulsion rules toughened after Cologne sex assaults

Jan 09, 2016 - 9:44 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile brief clashes break out during a far right protest on Saturday against the rash of sexual assaults blamed on migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. File photo by Michael Kappeler/EPA/File

New Year's sex assaults stoke German migrant debate

Jan 06, 2016 - 8:39 AM

Chancellor Angela Merkel calls for a thorough investigation of the repugnant attacks ranging from groping to at least one reported rape allegedly committed in a large crowd of revellers during year end festivities in Cologne

DEMAND FOR JUSTICE. Women protest against sexism outside the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, January 5, 2016. Oliver Berg/EPA

Children's Ombudsman calls for circumcision ban in Sweden

Sep 29, 2013 - 12:38 AM

The government estimates that some 3 000 boys are circumcised every year in Sweden

BAN CIRCUMCISION? Officials are pushing for its ban in Sweden because the operation is 'painful, irreversible and can lead to dangerous complications'. AFP file photo