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Funeral of Umer Sharif to be offered in Germany today

NUREMBERG: The funeral of legendary comedian Umer Sharif will be offered today in Germany. The body of the Pakistani comedian will probably be brought to Pakistan on Tuesday and the comedian’s widow Zareen Ghazal will arrive in Karachi with the

Air ambulance carrying Umer Sharif makes emergency landing in Germany

The air ambulance, which is carrying Pakistan’s legendary comedian Umer Sharif to the United States has just made an emergency landing in Germany’s Berlin after his health began to deteriorate. Germany allowed the emergency landing on humanitarian grounds and approved

Germany, Pakistan sign pact to boost climate change cooperation

BERLIN: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said Germany has joined hands with Pakistan for boosting partnership to resilience against adverse impacts of climate change and environmental sustainability. He said the German government

FM Qureshi urges global community to stay engaged with Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has urged the world community to stay engaged with Afghanistan for peace and stability there. Addressing a joint news conference along with his German counterpart Heiko Maas after delegation-level talks, the foreign minister said

German foreign minister to arrive in Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas will arrive in Islamabad today (Monday) on a two-day visit to Pakistan. During his stay in Pakistan, the German foreign minister will hold wide-ranging talks with high-level dignitaries, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi,

European countries to shut down Kabul embassies, reduce staff

BERLIN: European countries have decided to close their embassies or reduce staff in Kabul amid the Taliban offensive after similar announcements by the United States and other Western governments. Germany will reduce its embassy staff in Kabul to the bare

Tokyo Olympics: India wins hockey bronze after victory over Germany

TOKYO: India won the bronze medal in hockey after a thrilling 5-4 victory over Germany at the Tokyo Games on Thursday, giving the country its first Olympic medal in the sport in more than forty years. India forward Simranjeet Singh

Death toll rises to 170 in Germany and Belgium floods

MUNICH: The death toll in devastating flooding in western Germany and Belgium rose to at least 170 on Saturday after burst rivers and flash floods this week collapsed houses and ripped up roads and power lines. Some 143 people died

Germany, Italy complete troop pullout from Afghanistan

ROME: Italy has completed its troop pullout from Afghanistan, ending a 20-year deployment as part of an accelerated withdrawal of NATO forces. Members of the US-backed alliance agreed in April to wrap up their 9,600-strong mission in Afghanistan after US

Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators march in Europe

LONDON: Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through London and other British cities on Saturday to protest against Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. Protesters called for sanctions on Israel during the march in London. Some were draped in Palestinian flags

FM Qureshi calls for enhancing bilateral ties with Germany

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday held a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas at the foreign office. The European diplomat arrived on an official visit and discussed issues of mutual interest including the challenges posed by

Pakistan to increase economic linkages with Germany: FM

BERLIN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan wants to have more economic linkages with Germany for enhancement of bilateral trade and investment. He was addressing a joint news conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas after delegation level talks

Govt pursuing economic diplomacy to attract investment: FM

BERLIN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has arrived in Berlin with a delegation on a two-day official visit to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations with Germany. Speaking at the dinner hosted in his honor at the Pakistan House in

FM departs for Berlin on two-day official visit to Germany

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday morning left for Berlin on a two-day official visit to Germany. Speaking before his departure, the foreign minister said Pakistan enjoys cordial relations with Germany. Terming Germany as Pakistan’s most important trading

Pakistan’s exports to Germany increased to $2bn: FPCCI

Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) President Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo has said that Germany is the biggest trading partner of Pakistan in the EU with a trade balance in favour of Pakistan which reflects a good economic

‘German sister’ serving in Pakistan awarded Order of Merit

ISLAMABAD: German Federal President has awarded ‘Order of Merit’ to Dr Chris Schmotzer, medical doctor and director of the Leprosy Hospital in Rawalpindi, for her tireless service to humanity. German Ambassador to Pakistan Bernhard Schlagheck bestowed the Cross of Merit

Hydrogen-powered trains to run in Germany

LONDON: Germany has announced plans to test a hydrogen-powered train with a range of more than 370 miles. The hydrogen-powered train is a technology that promises to reduce CO2 emissions and help make 1,300 diesel units obsolete. The first hydrogen train

Open Skies Treaty: US withdraws from another global agreement

WASHINGTON: The United States has withdrawn from another international agreement. The US formally announced to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies. Under the agreement, countries could observe each other’s forces. The US government notified the parties of its withdrawal.

Germany issues warrants for founders of Panama Papers firm

BERLIN: Germany has issued international arrest warrants for the two founders of the firm at the centre of the tax haven scandal exposed by the Panama Papers data leak. Mossack Fonseca founders Juergen Mossack and Ramon Fonseca, suspected of tax

Germany opens money laundering probe against Wirecard

MUNICH: German state prosecutors have launched an investigation against individuals at insolvent financial services provider Wirecard for suspected money laundering. Investigators are also probing the payment processor into alleged fraud, balance falsification and market manipulation at the collapsed firm. The

Dr Faisal presents diplomatic credentials to German president

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new Ambassador to Germany, Dr Muhammad Faisal, has officially taken over diplomatic responsibilities in Berlin. The ambassador presented his letter of credence to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The ceremony was held on Monday at the official residence of

US to reduce nearly quarter of troops in Germany

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has ordered the military to reduce the number of troops it maintains in Germany by more than a quarter in the coming months. According to reports in US media, the Defense Department would cut the

Merkel declines to attend in-person G7 summit hosted by Trump

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has declined to attend an in-person summit of G7 leaders that US President Donald Trump has suggested hosting despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Leaders from the Group of Seven, which the United States heads

Muslims pray in Berlin church to comply with social distancing rules

BERLIN: A Berlin church hosted Muslims who were unable to fit into their mosque for Friday prayers due to social distancing guidelines. The Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukolln district normally welcomes hundreds of Muslims to its Friday services, but

Germany designates Hezbollah as terrorist organisation

BERLIN: Germany has completely banned Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement from carrying out activities on its soil, as police raided mosques and venues linked to the group. Like the European Union, Germany had until now only outlawed Hezbollah’s military wing while allowing

Coronavirus: Germany makes face masks compulsory

BERLIN: All states of Germany have announced plans to make face masks compulsory from next week onwards to combat the spread of coronavirus. The measure, which will apply to people shopping or using public transport including taxis, mandates that people

Angela Merkel invites PM Khan to visit Germany at Davos

DAVOS: Prime Minister Imran Khan held an informal meeting on Thursday at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum 2020 with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos, Switzerland. During the informal meeting, Angela Merkel invited Imran Khan to visit Germany.

India today looks more like Hitler’s Germany: Shireen Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari expressed sadness on how India had become Germany; the one under the leadership of Adolf Hitler. In her tweet, Dr. Shireen Mazari wrote, “Sadly India today looking more and more like

Germany sentences 2 Indians for spying on Kashmiris, Sikhs

BERLIN: A Frankfurt court has sentenced two Indian nationals for spying on Kashmiris and Sikhs in Germany. According to German news agencies, the accused married couple was working in Germany for the Indian intelligence agency, the Research and Analysis Wing

Defence Minister discusses bilateral ties with German envoy

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has underscored the friendly bilateral ties between Pakistan and Germany and the importance Islamabad attaches to its relations with Berlin. Talking to German ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck, who called on him in Islamabad, Pervez Khattak appreciated