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Saturday 18.01.2020 | Name days: Antis, Antons

German zoo hit by tragic fire, police points to New Year paper lanterns

A German zoo has been hit by a tragic fire, which has destroyed a primate house taking the lives of over 30 animals. Police have pointed to flying New Year paper lanterns as a possible cause. The Chinese miniature hot air balloons have been banned in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

U.S. Congress adopts sanctions against Nord Stream 2-linked firms

American legislators have passed legislation to introduce sanctions against companies and governments involved in the construction of the Baltic Sea gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany. Berlin has criticised the move.

Russia expels German diplomats, retaliating to German step over Berlin murder

Russia has asked two diplomats of the German Embassy to leave the country. This is a tit-for-tat measure after Germany declared two Russian diplomats personae non grata as Berlin investigates an international murder in the German capital, TASS reported.

Nurse in Germany sentenced to life in prison after attacks on babies

A court in Germany has been sentenced to life imprisonment after found guilty of attempted murder of prematurely-born infants. It was found she administered unnecessary injections to three babies in her care.

Germany to increase its NATO spending to U.S. level

Germany plans to spend more in its payments to NATO budget seeking to match U.S. contribution from 2021, German media report after Berlin has been criticised by Washington of not meeting NATO recommendations in national defence spending.

Germany to partly lift solidarity tax for support of ex-communist east

Germany has had since 1991 a solidarity tax requiring people in western Germany to support the east of the country to support its economic development. The government has decided to largely lift it from 2021.

Tesla to build its Europe electric car factory in Germany

American electric carmaker Tesla will build a factory for the production of «batteries, powertrains and vehicles», its chief executive office Elon Musk has stated.

Both Russia and Germany positive about Ukraine’s deal with separatists

Leaders of Germany and Russia have welcomed as a positive development the agreement between Ukraine and pro-Kremlin separatists on holding local elections in war-torn eastern Ukraine. Local ex-leaders, meanwhile, point to the dangers of the deal.

Volkswagen unwilling to settle diesel mass lawsuit in Germany

German carbuilding giant Volkswagen has rejected an offer to settle in a lawsuit by around 450 000 diesel car owners.


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