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German finance minister - Don't read too much into euro swings

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BERLIN - The European Central Bank (ECB) has assured Germany it is not trying to manipulate the euro, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told Reuters on Tuesday, adding he was not concerned about recent swings in the single currency's exchange rate.

Citing Ukraine tension, EU seeks more time for Opal gas pipeline decision 16 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS - EU authorities, citing tension in Ukraine, have asked for a delay until at least the end of October on whether to allow Russia greater access to the Opal natural gas pipeline in northeastern Germany, a letter seen by Reuters shows.

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German man, 20, goes on trial for Islamic State membership 15 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - A 20-year-old German man charged with joining Islamic State militants in Syria last year went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, the first such case in Germany.

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Wingas says Gazprom takeover on course for autumn 15 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - Gazprom's deal to take over the gas trading arm of Germany's BASF , a leading player in Europe, will be sealed this autumn with no impact expected from sanctions against Russia, said a board member of the BASF unit Wingas.

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At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism 15 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

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Germany's eurosceptic AfD surges to win seats in two states 14 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany's eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party surged to win more than 10 percent of the vote in two states on Sunday in a growing challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel as her new right-wing rival makes further inroads into her power base.

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At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism 14 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

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Samsung accuses rival LG exec of vandalising washing machines 14 Sep 2014

SEOUL - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has accused the head of rival LG Electronics Inc's home appliances business of damaging Samsung washing machines at retail stores in Germany and asked Seoul prosecutors to investigate.

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France and Germany oppose guarantees for ECB debt-buy plan - document 12 Sep 2014

- France and Germany oppose granting government guarantees to support the market for repackaged debt, a document seen by Reuters shows, dealing a set-back to the European Central Bank's plans to rejuvenate it.

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EU regulators clear BSkyB's $9 billion German, Italian pay-TV deals 11 Sep 2014

BRUSSELS - European Union antitrust regulators approved on Thursday British broadcaster BSkyB's planned $9 billion takeover of Rupert Murdoch's pay-TV companies in Germany and Italy, which will make it the biggest pay-TV provider in Europe.

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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.