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Kurdish youth in Germany call for violent protest in Europe A Kurdish youth group in Germany is vowing to bring destruction to Europe following several attacks on Turkish targets. It is the latest sign that Turkeyʼs conflict with the Kurds is spilling over into Germany. A leftist Kurdish youth group in Germany has vowed to turn the streets of Europe into "rubble and ash" following a weekend ofclashes with police and other demonstrators as well as attacks on Turkish mosques. Kurds in Germany have been protesting Turkeyʼs military offensive against the Kurdish-held Afrin region of northern Syria since the operation started on January 20. Turkish-led forces have nearly surrounded the enclave controlled by the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia and have vowed to siege Afrin town. Kurds have warned of an impending "massacre" and "ethnic cleansing." The conflict has increasingly spilled over into Germany, home to large Kurdish and Turkish minorities.

Austria marks 80 years since Nazi Germany annexation In 1938, Adolf Hitler was greeted by boisterous crowds in Vienna as Nazi Germany annexed Austria. President Alexander Van der Bellen said Austrians "were not only victims, but also perpetrators." Austria marked the 80th anniversary of its annexation by Nazi Germany in Vienna on Monday at the square where Adolf Hitler was greeted by thousands of supporters in 1938. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said that Austrians "were not only victims, but also perpetrators, often in leading positions" during German occupation. He warned of how vulnerable democracies can be to populism, noting that "there is no excuse for self-inflicted ignorance."

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Germanyʼs Merkel to press Ukraine peace talks after Russian election The optimistic tone comes as the EU renewed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants a renewed push for peace in Ukraine as conflicting sides fail to live up to the Minsk agreements.

German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer pays ʼflyingʼ visit to Mobile World Congress Deutsche Telekom has ʼflownʼ in a special guest to showcase its broadband capabilities at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The German telecom giant focused on its activities to advance 5G mobile networking. Deutsche Telekomʼs Head of Innovation Claudia Nemat was just wrapping up her description of the European Aviation Network, a project that allows passengers to use broadband thousands of meters up in the air, when she casually invited CEO Timotheus Höttges up on stage, claiming she had a surprise for him. Next thing,legendary German goalkeeper

Manuel Neuerappeared on the screen behind them. He was sitting in a plane, live-streaming the Deutsche Telekom press conference. "Howʼs it going?" Höttges asked breezily. Neuer grinned and pointed his smartphone out the window at the clouds. The gimmick concluded a press event that was dedicated to showcasing Deutsche Telekomʼs advances in 5G, its new voice assistant Magenta (meant, Nemat stressed, as an alternative, not as a replacement to counterparts like Alexa) and a pair of smart glasses that could one day display a checklist for doctors to consult before performing surgery.

German university hospital defends auto firmsʼ nitrogen dioxide test ethics No experiments on animals or humans can take place in Germany without a go from an authorized ethics committee. Dr. Thomas Kraus from Aachen University Hospital says this was the case in the most recent NO2 scandal. The European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector (EUGT) "did not impinge in any way on the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) research it commissioned Aachen University Hospital to do," Professor Thomas Kraus from the

hospital told the German press agency DPA on Monday. The EUGT is a now defunct organization that was funded by German carmakers Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW plus partsmaker Bosch, thus raising questions of possible conflicts of interest. In 2013, 25 healthy volunteers were exposed to NO2 pollution for three hours, Kraus said. "None of them had any negative health effects," he went on, adding that the tests were meant to measure the impact of pollutants in the workplace.

Dozens killed in Kathmandu plane crash At least 40 people have died and more than 20 are injured after a Bangladeshi plane burst into flames as it came in to land at Kathmandu airport. Officials said the plane was "out of control" as it approached the runway. Rescuers at Kathmandu airport were scrambling to pull people out of the burning wreckage after a US-Bangla Airlines plane from Dhaka crashed and burst into flames as it attempted to land. Nepalese authorities said that 31 died on the spot when the aircraft crashed into a football field near the airport, while nine more died after being taken to the hospital. US-Bangla Airlines spokesman Kamrul Islam said 33 of the passengers on the flight were Nepali, 32 were Bangladeshi, one was Chinese and one from the Maldives. Kathmanduʼs airport was closed briefly following the accident, forcing other inbound flights to divert. It has since reopened.

Fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy dies French fashion icon Hubert de Givenchy, who famously designed Audrey Hepburnʼs iconic "little black dress," has died aged 91. The aristocratic designer set new standards for ladylike chic in the 1950s and 1960s. French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy has died aged 91, according to a statement released by his partner Philippe Venet on Monday.

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Germany to compensate Algerian Jewish Holocaust survivors Jews who lived in Algeria during the Vichy regime will receive compensation, said the Claims Conference. Algerian Jews were "one of the last" groups to be recognized by Germany, the organizationʼs vice president told DW. The Claims Conference Hardship Fund on Monday announced that a new group ofJewish Holocaust survivorswill be eligible forcompensation from the Germany government. The group consists of Jews who lived in Algeria between July 1940 and November 1942. Those eligible for compensation will receive a one-time payment of €2,556 ($3,180), which the German government will begin paying out in July. "Even at this late stage, itʼs very important both for the individuals, because it acknowledges what they went through, and in general, because it creates a historical record which will stand the test of time," Eric Schneider, who serves as executive vice president of the Claims Conference, told DW. "The further we get away from the events, I think thereʼs the greater possibility of Holocaust revisionism … When the German government takes responsibility and acknowledges the event, then it makes it a lot harder to refute it.

British parliamentary doping report slams Wiggins, Sky A British parliamentary report has sharply criticized Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins for using permitted medication to enhance his performance at the 2012 Tour de France. Sky and Wiggins have rejected the criticism. The report published on Monday by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, said Team Sky and Bradley Wiggins, had crossed an "ethical line" by using corticosteroids to treat a medical condition during the 2012 Tour.

The end of competition in the energy market German energy giants RWE and E.ON want to reposition themselves and are planning a radical change. Itʼs a necessary development but will come at the expense of both workers and consumers, says DWʼs Andreas Becker. German energy giants RWE and E.ON want to reposition themselves and are planning a radical change. Itʼs a necessary development but will come at the expense of both workers and consumers, says DWʼs Andreas Becker. In the past, the German energy industry was all about the future.Long-term planning was paramount. Now decisions are being made under more pressure and with greater urgency, a reflection of the sectorʼs current nervous mood. A couple of years ago, the major energy providers E.ON and RWE started carving up their companies. Eon channeled its coal, gas and water

concerns into a new company called Uniper and floated it on the stock market. It was a similar story at RWE, except it was their green and renewable interests which were floated as a new company called Innogy. In the process,RWE became a sort of "bad bank"that had a legacy of producing fossil fuels. Two years later and this fundamental restructuring has already seemingly been laid to waste. If the complicated new superstructure that RWE and E.ON have dreamed up becomes a reality, Innogy will be no more — a problem not just for its 40,000 employees but also for its management.

Effective flu vaccine too expensive for most health insurers in Germany Think getting the regular flu shot thatʼs free in Germany will keep you from getting sick? Think again. The flu is going around in Germany. If you work in a large office or at a school,chances are that half your colleagues are out sick. The Robert Koch Institute, the German governmentʼs central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine, registered 24,000 cases of the flu in the third week of February. 136 patients have already died as a result of influenza this year. To protect themselves, many people

decide to get a flu shot. The vaccination is covered by all health insurers in Germany. Doctors recommend it especially for the elderly, pregnant women and the chronically ill. Even the European Commission encourages people to get immunized. "I call on all European Union citizens to get vaccinations for themselves and their children," EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukatis told German daily newspaper Welt in February. But German experts are saying that the regular flu shot covered by health insurers doesnʼt protect people effectively.

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German metalworkers finally secure wage agreement Following weeks of bitter fighting, a wage agreement for the German metal and electrical industries has finally been struck. Employees were able to secure higher wages and more flexible working hours. A wage agreement was reached in the early hours on Tuesday in Germanyʼs metal and electrical industries. The powerful IG Metall union announced the deal initially covering workers in the southern German state of BadenWürttemberg, but expected to be eventually implemented for a total of 3.9 million workers in the sector nationwide. According to the deal, employeesare to receive a pay hike of 4.3 percent from April this year. Additionally, monthly one-off payments of €100 ($124) were agreed for January through March. Employers and trade union representatives also agreed on the possibility of workers reducing their hours from 35 to 28 hours per week for two years, should they need to look after children or care for older relatives.

A record 28 French restaurants get Michelin three-star ratings Twenty-eight French restaurants have been honored with the gastronomic sectorʼs most coveted rating. Thatʼs a record number of three-star ratings for any single country in the Michelin Red Guide. A comeback by La Maison des Bois mastermind Marc Veyrat (pictured) and the emergence of Christophe Bacquieʼs Hotel du Castellet as another culinary force in southern France have given the country a record for most restaurants to hold a vaunted foodie guideʼs coveted three-star maximum. Set for official release on Friday, Michelin France has become the most prestigious of the publicationʼs 31 national editions and the domestic culinary bible. Michelin has faced criticism that its stars reward pomp and presentation rather than the food itself and for the guideʼs putting restaurateurs under unbearable scrutiny. The guide has made many a chefʼs name; others say it has nearly broken their wills. Veyrat — a 67-yearold who quit cooking after a skiing accident nine years ago and faced hardship again when La Maison burned down in 2015 — told The Associated Press that he does not mind the stress. "We need the pressure and adrenaline because we are creatives," he said late Monday.

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