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Germany opens criminal probe over Merkel phone tapping

Angela-MerkelBerlin: Germany's federal prosecutor said today he had opened an investigation over alleged snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA) on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.

"I informed parliament's legal affairs committee that I have started a preliminary investigation over tapping of a mobile phone of the chancellor," Harald Range said.

The long-anticipated probe, which follows an explosive allegations last year that US spies had eavesdropped on Merkel's mobile in the past, is against unnamed persons, Range said after addressing the committee.


Merkel backs Luxembourg's ex-PM for European Commission president

Angela-MerkelBerlin, May 31 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Luxembourg's former premier Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next European Commission leader, a British daily reported Saturday.

"I will now lead all negotiations in the spirit that Jean-Claude Juncker should become president of the European Commission," The Guardian quoted Merkel as saying at the National Catholic Congress in Regensburg.

The move has dealt a blow to British Prime Minister David Cameron's attempts to block Juncker from taking up the role.


Merkel congratulates Poroshenko, vows more support for Ukraine

Angela MerkelBerlin, May 31 : German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday sent her congratulations to Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko and pledged continued support for his country, a government statement here said.

In a telegram to Poroshenko, Merkel said the presidential elections in Ukraine were an impressive sign of the Ukrainians' will to promote freedom and self-determination in their country with democratic tools, Xinhua reported.

Merkel encouraged the new president in his goal of strengthening cohesion of the Ukrainian people, saying the German government would continue its support for his country in the future.


Russia ready for talks on gas supply with Ukraine

Russia ready for talks on gas supply with UkraineBerlin, May 31 - Russia said Friday that it was prepared to continue negotiations with Ukraine over gas supplies next week once it receives partial debt payment from Ukraine.

Representatives from the European Union (EU), Russia and Ukraine met here Friday for a new round of trilateral talks in a bid to settle the ongoing gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, days before a deadline set by Russia to cut the flow of gas if Ukraine does not pay unpaid bills, Xinhua reported.


Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann joins Hoffenheim

Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann joins HoffenheimBerlin, May 15 - Custodian Oliver Baumann moves from Freiburg to Hoffenheim, both clubs confirmed Wednesday.

Hoffenheim confirmed their second new arrival as Freiburg's custodian Oliver Baumann joined "1899" by putting pen to paper on a deal until June 2018, according to Xinhua.


Frankfurt's Constant Djakpa extends contract

Frankfurt's Constant Djakpa extends contractBerlin, May 14 - Eintracht Frankfurt left-back Constant Djakpa agreed on a contract extension until 2016, the German football club said in an official statement.

Ivorian international Djakpa extended his current contract on Tuesday for two more years with the German Bundesliga team, reports Xinhua.

"Especially in this season, Constant has showed how important he is for the team. Therefore, it was clear to us that we want to renew his contract," Frankfurt's sporting director Bruno Huebner said.


Nuremberg's Drmic joins Bayer Leverkusen

Nuremberg's Drmic joins Bayer LeverkusenBerlin, May 13 - Bundesliga team Bayer Leverkusen signed striker Josip Drmic from relegated Nuremberg until 2019.

The Swiss international put pen to paper Monday on a five-year deal to stay with the 'Werkself'. The striker joined Nuremberg in July 2013 to score 17 goals in 33 appearances, reports Xinhua.

However, Drmic's goals were not enough to help Nuremberg stay in Germany's top flight. Leverkusen's 21-year-old new arrival will now play in the Champions League playoffs instead of second division.


Thomas Tuchel steps down as Mainz coach

Thomas-TuchelBerlin, May 12 : Thomas Tuchel has resigned as Mainz coach with immediate effect a year before his contract ended with the German football club.

A day after the Bundesliga season ended, Mainz announced at an official press conference Sunday that coach Thomas Tuchel asked to be released from his contract prematurely, reports Xinhua.

Tuchel informed club manager Christian Heidel in January about his resignation. However, the club and coach agreed to keep silent until the end of the season.


Formula One chief Ecclestone goes on trial for bribery

Bernie-EcclestoneBerlin, April 24 : Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone Thursday appeared in a Munich court at the start of a trial on bribery charges.

The Briton has been charged with bribing jailed German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to smoothen the sale of a stake in Formula One to private equity firm CVC in 2006, reports Xinhua.

If the 83-year-old is convicted, he could face up to 10 years in jail.

Ecclestone, a former used car salesman who became a billionaire by building the sport into a global money spinner over the past four decades, denies wrongdoing and says he will fight to clear his name. (IANS)


BMW recalls nearly half a million cars

BMW recalls nearly half a million carsMunich, April 12 - German car producer BMW Group has recalled almost half a million cars with 6-cylinder engines, since realising that a screw in the engine compartment could possibly break and damage the engine in rare cases, a company official said Friday.

Around 489,000 cars with 6-cylinder engines that were manufactured between September 2009 and November 2011 are involved in the recall, Xinhua reported.


Largest strike in Lufthansa history hits airline

Largest strike in Lufthansa history hits airlineBerlin, April 2 : Lufthansa pilots began a three-day strike Wednesday, kicking off the biggest protest action in Lufthansa's corporate history and majorly paralysing air traffic of Europe's largest airline.

However, local media reported no chaos at Germany's two largest airports, Frankfurt and Munich, as a spokesman from the latter described the situation as "manageable", Xinhua reported.

The spokesman said the people were well informed and things were calm in the terminal.


Address sleep disorders to prevent diabetes, obesity: Study

disturbed-sleepBerlin, March 25 : Scientists have linked inadequate or disturbed sleep to the development of metabolic disorders, including diabetes and type 2 diabetes, in a review that highlights the significance of addressing sleep issues.

Addressing poor quality sleep should be a target for prevention and treatment of these disorders, said authors of the review published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal.

"Metabolic health in addition to genetic predisposition, is largely dependent on behavioural factors such as dietary habits and physical activity.


Association of MBAs accredits IIM-Calcutta

MBAThe Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) has earned the accreditation of the venerated Association of MBAs (AMBA).

AMBA is the top European accreditation body for business schools. Accreditation by AMBA represents the topmost standard of achievement in the field of postgraduate business education. Established in 1967, AMBA aims to raise the profile of business education.

IIM-C will enjoy the coveted accreditation by AMBA for a period of five years, after which the European accreditation body will conduct another round of evaluation for renewal.


Scientists develop method to predict epidemics

Scientists develop method to predict epidemicsBerlin, Feb 22 : A risk map using environmental and health data can predict epidemics, scientists say.

The environment has an impact on our health. Preventing epidemics relies on activating the right counter-measures, and scientists are now trying to find out how better use of forecasting can help.

The EU's EO2HEAVEN project developed a risk map for correlating environmental and health data in order to identify where a disease may break out next. The concept will be on show at Booth E40 in Hall nine of the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover, Germany.


Mirko Slomka appointed head coach at German side Hamburg

Mirko-SlomkaBerlin, Feb 18 : Struggling Bundesliga side Hamburg have appointed Mirko Slomka as their new head coach.

Former Hannover coach Slomka took over Monday at Hamburg following the dismissal of coach Bert van Marwijk Saturday, reports Xinhua.

The Dutch coach was unable to give the club positive results after five months in charge with the "Rothosen" currently sitting in 17th position.

To make things worse he lost eight games in row. The 2-4 loss against bottom side Braunschweig Saturday sealed van Marwijk's fate.


Siemens records higher than expected profits

Siemens records higher than expected profitsSiemens has said that it has recorded a higher than expected profits due to increased demand for infrastructure during the three months till the month of December.

The Munich-based company said in a statement today that its income from continuing operations rose 21 percent to 1.39 billion euros or about $1.9 billion during the three months. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was at 1.33 billion euros for the company for the quarter.


Sap’s revenue increased 11% in 2013

Sap’s revenue increased 11% in 2013German business software maker, SAP has recorded strong growth in revenues from non-IFRS software and cloud subscription services during the year 2013.


Merkel condoles Ariel Sharon's death

Ariel SharonBerlin, Jan 12 - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has conveyed her condolences to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the passing of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, her spokesperson said Saturday.

The chancellor "is mourning with the Israeli people" for Sharon, 85, who was also committed to deepening the German-Israeli relations, Xinhua reported quoting spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

Sharon was an Israeli patriot and rendered great service to his country, the spokesman added.


UK expected to grow faster than France and Germany

British economyAccording to a new study that backs euro-sceptics in the UK, the British economy is expected to surpass that of France and Germany to become the largest economy in Europe by the year 2030.


RWE cancels plans for £4billion Atlantic Array project

RWE cancels plans for £4billion Atlantic Array projectGerman renewable energy giant, RWE has said that it is cancelling plan to develop a giant offshore wind farm project that was to power around a million houses in the UK.

RWE said that it has decided to scrap the £4billion Atlantic Array project, under which the company was planning to deploy 240 turbines in the Bristol Channel. The company said that the technical challenges and spiralling costs.


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