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London the starting line as Adidas laces up robotic shoe run


LONDON Adidas has launched the first of six planned city-themed running shoe models in London as it capitalises on its first Speedfactory, which it has opened in Germany and equipped with time-saving robotics.

Germany says hopes to resume training of Kurdish fighters in Northern Iraq 20 Oct 2017

BERLIN Germany hopes to resume its mission training Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq on Sunday, provided the conflict between the Kurds and the Iraqi government does not worsen, a German defence ministry spokesman said on Friday.


Germany to cut pension contributions, free up 1.3 billion euros - sources 20 Oct 2017

BERLIN Germany plans to reduce the combined pension contributions it takes from employers and employees by a total of 1.3 billion euros (£1.1 billion) in 2018 due to record-high employment and a rising level of reserves, government sources said on Friday.


Head of Germany's FDP offers Macron 'bittersweet' euro zone deal 20 Oct 2017

BERLIN A leading candidate to be Germany's next finance minister signalled his willingness on Thursday to seek a compromise with Emmanuel Macron over the French President's plans for deeper euro zone integration.

Former Nazi death camp guard charged with accessory to murder 20 Oct 2017

FRANKFURT German public prosecutors have charged a 96-year-old former guard at a Nazi death camp with having been an accessory to murder, as Germany races against time to bring elderly suspects from the Hitler era to trial before they die.


No EU unity for Russia Nord Stream 2 talks - Juncker 19 Oct 2017

BRUSSELS The European Commission on Thursday said that despite a lack of unity among member states over Russia's plans for a new gas pipeline to Germany, it would press ahead to seek support for talks with Russia on its objections.

Erdogan critic held in Spain returns to Germany denouncing 'despotism' 19 Oct 2017

DUESSELDORF, Germany Author Dogan Akhanli flew back to Germany on Thursday after he was briefly detained in Spain at Turkey's request, and lambasted Ankara for launching a "failed manhunt".


Fewer migrants entitled to join family in Germany - study 19 Oct 2017

BERLIN The number of foreigners who qualify to join loved ones granted asylum in Germany is much smaller than government estimates, a study showed on Thursday, potentially removing an obstacle in coalition talks.


German DIHK chambers of commerce see economy growing 2.2 percent in 2018 19 Oct 2017

BERLIN Germany's DIHK Chambers of Industry and Commerce raised its growth forecast for Europe's biggest economy to 2.0 percent for this year from its previous estimate of 1.8 percent and sees an even stronger expansion next year.

Germany upbeat on Brexit negotiations, official says 18 Oct 2017

BERLIN Germany believes a lot has already been achieved in Brexit negotiations and Berlin is upbeat about the prospects of making further progress in the talks, a German government official said on Wednesday.


Graft probe into Mexico president's ally poses tricky challenge ahead of elections

MEXICO CITY With a tight general election looming next year, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faces a tough choice on whether to pursue a graft probe involving a prominent ally and Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.