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At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism BERLIN: Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a rise in anti-Semitism that authorities and Jewish leaders blame mainly on Muslim extremists and young immigrants, saying anyone who attacks Jews is attacking all of Germany."That people in Germany are threatened and abused because of their Jewish appearance or their support for Israel is an outrageous scandal that we won't accept," Merkel said. "It's our national and civic duty to fight anti-Semitism."Merkel only rarely attends demonstrations, but she joined German President Joachim Gauck and Jewish community leaders for the rally at the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin."Anyone who hits someone wearing a skullcap is hitting us all. Anyone who damages a Jewish gravestone is ...

British PM chairs emergency meeting over beheading video LONDON: Prime Minister David Cameron will gather some of his top security advisors on Sunday to discuss Britain's response to an online video showing the murder of an aid worker by Islamic State militants.He will chair a meeting of the government's emergency response committee, Cobra, attended by senior representatives of the military and security services, the Foreign Office and Home Office interior ministry, a spokeswoman said.Cameron has condemned the beheading of 44-year-old David Haines as ...
Dutch Ebola doctors 'to be evacuated on Sunday' THE HAGUE: Two Dutch doctors feared to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone are set to be flown back to the Netherlands "as soon as possible", the foreign ministry said Saturday.The healthcare workers could be back home by Sunday afternoon "if all goes well", spokesman Harald Wychgel from the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) told AFP.The two men are not yet showing any symptoms of the ...
Social Democrats, far right seen as winners in Sweden vote STOCKHOLM: Sweden is expected to vote the Social Democrats back into power in general elections Sunday, while the anti-immigration far right is likely to make historic gains.Stefan Loefven, the stocky leader of the Social Democrats, looks set to become the next prime minister for the nearly 10 million Swedes, probably in a coalition with the Greens and the former communist Left Party.But on the eve of the election, the 57-year-old former welder admitted that governing ...
Greece will not need third bailout: PM ATHENS: Greece is beating its fiscal targets and will not need a third bailout from its international creditors, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told Sunday's Realnews newspaper, confident that the country's debt will soon be deemed viable. After nearly crashing out of the euro zone two years ago, Greece has managed to bring its finances back on track and post a budget surplus before interest payments last year. Athens has relied on a 240 billion euro ...
Spain urges common stance as euro zone at odds over ABS guarantees MILAN: Spain called on Saturday for the euro zone to find a common stance on whether to provide guarantees for the European Central Bank's debt-buying programme after governments dragged their feet and the ECB said the programme risked being less effective. As part of efforts to spur lending in the euro zone and revive its stagnating economy, the ECB has pledged to buy senior tranches of repackaged debt issues, or asset-backed securities (ABS).It could also ...
Merkel warns SPD to shun coalition with Left in eastern state APOLDA: Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), her junior partners in national government, against forming a coalition to install the first hardline Left party regional premier after Sunday polls in the eastern state of Thuringia."There's something strange happening in Thuringia," Merkel said, referring to speculation the SPD might switch allegiances in Thuringia, where they are now junior partners in a similar grand coalition as at the national level in Berlin, and join ...


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