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Merkel announces aid package for Niger to stem migrant flow

Niamey, Niger | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday announced a 27-million-euro aid package for Niger, her second stop in a three-nation Africa tour aimed at fighting terrorism and stemming the migrant influx to Europe. The German leader said the army of the arid west African country, one …

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Germany’s Merkel in Africa on trip aimed at stemming migrant flows

Bamako, Mali | AFP |  German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned against Africa suffering from a “brain drain” as she arrived on a three-day tour of the continent focused on security and stemming the migrant influx to Europe. Merkel also underscored the need to “establish coherent cooperation” in development …

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Rosetta’s comet adventure in numbers

Darmstadt, Germany | AFP | Europe’s ground-breaking quest to unravel the Solar System’s mysteries concludes Friday with the Rosetta comet chaser crashlanding onto the cosmic wanderer’s rocky surface. The mission, summarised in numbers: 1: Rosetta became the first spacecraft, in August 2014, to enter the orbit of a comet. In …

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Boat with up to 450 migrants capsizes off Egypt, 42 drowned

Rosetta, Egypt | AFP | A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt’s north coast on Wednesday, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said. The vessel overturned off the port city of Rosetta, police and health officials said. …

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Missing comet lander Philae spotted at las

Paris, France | AFP |  Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has finally spotted the tiny lander Philae stuck in a dark crack on the surface of its comet home — the first glimpse since the robot lab crashlanded in 2014, ground controllers said Monday. The European Space Agency (ESA) released a photograph …

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Fertile times for Europe’s populist parties

Vienna, Austria | AFP | Alternative for Germany is not the only populist party enjoying electoral success. Across Europe, these are fertile times for protest movements tapping into unease about immigration to attack a long-cosy political establishment. The anti-immigration AfD scored a major symbolic victory on Sunday by relegating German …

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Germany’s anti-migrant populists beat Merkel’s party in local vote

Schwerin, Germany | AFP | Germany’s anti-migrant populists made a strong showing at Sunday’s state polls, scoring ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party as voters punished the German leader over her liberal refugee policy. The xenophobic Alternative for Germany (AfD) clinched around 21 percent in its first bid for seats …

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‘Lone wolf’ attacks rising, hard to track Europol warns

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Europe is at major risk of so-called “lone-wolf” terror attacks, its policing agency said Wednesday, with the latest incidents showing “how difficult it is to detect and disrupt suspects”. Recent incidents including Monday’s attack on a German train and last week’s carnage in Nice …

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