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Fearing far-right surge, Merkel tells Germans to vote on Sunday

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BERLIN Fears that apathy could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in an election on Sunday have driven Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival to urge their backers to go out and vote.

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Germany will strive to save Iran nuclear deal - Gabriel 21 Sep 2017

NEW YORK/BERLIN Germany will do all it can to persuade the United States not to abandon the Iranian nuclear agreement, whatever the outcome of German elections on Sunday, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday.

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Immigrants likely boosting euro zone's labour force - ECB 21 Sep 2017

FRANKFURT Immigrants have made a large contribution to the working-age population of the euro zone since 2013 and are likely also boosting its labour force, particularly in Italy and Germany, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.

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Greenpeace boards ship in bid to halt delivery of UK-bound Volkswagen diesel cars 21 Sep 2017

LONDON Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilise vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.

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Innogy to spend 1.2 billion euros on e-mobility, solar, glass fibre 21 Sep 2017

FRANKFURT Innogy , Germany's largest energy group by market value, will spend up to 1.2 billion euros (£1.06 billion) on e-mobility, photovoltaics and glass fibre networks by 2019, it said in a statement on Thursday.

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Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption row 21 Sep 2017

SAN FRANCISCO An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. | Video

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German economy to grow robustly in third quarter - finance ministry 21 Sep 2017

BERLIN Germany's economy weakened at the start of the third quarter after a strong performance in the first half of the year, but indicators suggest its solid growth will continue, the finance ministry said on Thursday.

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Vote plus marathon spells super-busy Sunday for Berlin police 20 Sep 2017

BERLIN More than 1,500 police will be on duty in Berlin on Sunday, when Germany's capital faces the logistical challenge of organising an election expected to draw a large turnout - while ensuring its annual marathon also runs smoothly.

German court finds Syrian guilty over U.N. peacekeeper abduction 20 Sep 2017

BERLIN A Syrian man living in Germany was jailed for three and a half years on Wednesday for his part in the kidnapping of a U.N. peacekeeper near Damascus four years ago.

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Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel agree to forge Europe's No. 2 steelmaker 20 Sep 2017

ESSEN, Germany/MUMBAI Germany's Thyssenkrupp and India's Tata Steel agreed on Wednesday to merge their European steel operations, creating the continent's No.2 steelmaker with revenues of 15 billion euros (£13.30 billion). | Video

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May seeks Florentine renaissance for deadlocked Brexit talks

FLORENCE, Italy British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to rescue stalled Brexit talks on Friday with a speech in the Italian city of Florence she hopes will convince the European Union she is ready to cut a fair divorce deal.