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European powers float idea of Gaza monitoring mechanism

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UNITED NATIONS - Britain, France and Germany have floated the idea of creating a monitoring and verification mechanism for any future ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to prevent future conflicts, a senior British diplomat said on Friday.

German police investigation into neo-Nazi killers a 'fiasco' - report 21 Aug 2014

- A German police investigation into a neo-Nazi killing spree was a "fiasco", a report by a parliamentary committee in one of Germany's states said on Thursday.

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German private sector growth in August points to strong Quarter3-PMI 21 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Germany's private sector grew for a 16th month running in August, a survey showed on Thursday, suggesting Europe's largest economy could expand robustly in the third quarter after it suffered a surprise contraction in the second.

Germany, Italy say prepared to send weapons to Iraq's Kurds 20 Aug 2014

BERLIN/ROME - Germany and Italy joined Britain and France on Wednesday in saying they would arm Iraqi Kurdish security forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, in close coordination with the Baghdad central government.

Germany to decide this week on arming Iraq's Kurds -minister 19 Aug 2014

BERLIN - Germany will decide this week whether to send arms to Iraqi Kurds to help them battle Islamic State militants, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday, suggesting it might be irresponsible to do nothing.

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Germany's Merkel to visit Kiev on Saturday 19 Aug 2014

KIEV/BERLIN - Germany's Angela Merkel will hold talks in Ukraine on Saturday with national and local leaders aimed at boosting efforts to support the government in Kiev in its struggle against pro-Russian rebels, German and Ukrainian officials said on Tuesday.

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China finds Mercedes-Benz guilty of price fixing: Xinhua 18 Aug 2014

SHANGHAI/FRANKFURT - Germany's Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, adding to pressure on foreign carmakers in the world's largest auto market. | Video

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Merkel pledges NATO will defend Baltic member states 18 Aug 2014

RIGA - Germany's Angela Merkel promised the Baltic states on Monday that NATO would defend them, although it would not send permanent combat troops but would increase manoeuvres in the region.

China finds Mercedes-Benz guilty of price fixing-Xinhua 18 Aug 2014

SHANGHAI/FRANKFURT - Germany's Mercedes-Benz has been found guilty of manipulating prices for after-sales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported, adding to pressure on foreign carmakers in the world's largest auto market. | Video

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Bundesbank says euro zone to grow slower than thought 18 Aug 2014

FRANKFURT - The euro zone economy is expected grow more slowly than initially expected during the rest of this year as conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere weigh on business confidence, Germany's central bank said on Monday.

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Israeli aircraft bomb Gaza, five Palestinians killed

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israeli aircraft bombed the Gaza Strip on Saturday and Palestinian militants fired rockets at the Jewish state, the military said, with no end in sight to the deadliest violence between the sides in years.