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Ten dead as commuter trains collide in Germany BAD AIBLING: German authorities were on Tuesday investigating how two commuter trains collided head-on, leaving at least ten dead and dozens injured, despite having been fitted with automatic braking systems to prevent accidents.Media reports said human error was to blame for the high-speed crash near the southern spa town of Bad Aibling, where one of the trains sliced into the other, ripping a hole in its side.Rescuers were still searching for one missing person in the mangled wreckage in a wooded area, although police said there was now little hope of finding the victim alive.Newspaper group RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschand (RND), citing sources close to the investigation, said a signalling station worker had manually disactivated the automatic signalling system to let the first train -- which was running late -- go past.The second train then forged ahead on the same track in the opposite direction, before the first was able to split ...

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Disneyland Paris visitor numbers down since attacks PARIS: Disneyland Paris has seen visitor numbers fall by eight percent since deadly attacks in the French capital last November in which 130 people died, the Euro Disney company announced Tuesday."Primarily due to the November events in Paris," Euro Disney saw its first quarter (from October-January) revenues fall to 337.6 million euros ($380 million), from 341.5 million euros for the same period in the previous accounting year, the company said -- a drop of 1.1 ...

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France, Germany press Brussels on terror funding crackdown PARIS: France and Germany pressed the European Union on Tuesday to speed up plans designed to crack down on the funding of terrorist groups.Paris -- left reeling by two major terror attacks last year -- and Berlin want the plans implemented by June, according to a source at talks between the two governments in the French capital."We have to accelerate the process," said French Finance Minister Michel Sapin at a press conference with his German ...

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EU's founding members back two-speed Europe ROME: The six founding members of the European Union on Tuesday reiterated their commitment to "ever closer union", even it means leaving less enthusiastic partners like Britain behind.London has demanded an opt-out from the "ever closer union" principle enshrined in the EU's treaties as part of reforms it wants to agree before holding a referendum on its membership of the bloc.At informal talks in Rome, the foreign ministers of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and ...

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Merkel 'can't recall' angry phone talk with pope: chancellery BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Tuesday said she had no memory of an angry phone call she reportedly made to Pope Francis after he compared Europe to a "barren woman"."The chancellor does not recall a phone call with the pope," a spokesman for Merkel told AFP, adding that she always "values any meeting with him extremely".Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper had on Monday quoted the pontiff as saying Merkel had called him after ...

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Varoufakis back in Germany to launch EU grassroots movement BERLIN: Greece's far-left former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came to Berlin Tuesday to launch a pan-European grassroots political movement, saying its goal was to "democratise" the 28-member bloc.Varoufakis, the maverick anti-austerity champion who battled with EU paymaster Germany over Athens' debt crisis, charged the union was failing on economic policy and the refugee crisis while member states were retreating into nationalism."The European Union is disintegrating, and it is doing so quite fast," Varoufakis told reporters ...

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Merkel 'dismayed' by Germany's deadly train crash BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "dismayed" over the head-on collision of two commuter trains on Tuesday that killed at least nine people and injured more than 100."I am dismayed and saddened by the serious train accident this morning at Bad Aibling," Merkel said in a statement. "My sympathy goes out especially to the families of the nine people who have lost their lives. "My thoughts are also with the many injured who ...