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July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Some 3,500 policemen have been deployed in Munich in advance of the arrival of the U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who will address an international security conference Saturday. Authorities are concerned that Rumsfeld will face a hostile reception following remarks that grouped Germany with Libya and Cuba.During congressional testimony this week, Rumsfeld said that only "three or four countries" have indicated they wouldn't participate in military action in Iraq or post-war rebuilding.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - The German government continued to urge more time for U.N. weapons inspectors over the weekend as hundreds of thousands of protesters voiced their support for diplomacy in rallies across the country.In one of the biggest political rallies Germany has ever witnessed, organizers said more than 500,000 protesters turned up in the capital Berlin to protest possible U.S. military strikes on Iraq. Police put the numbers at around 175,000.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Frosty relations with the United States are raising fears in Germany that Bush administration officials may move military operations eastward -- costing Germans jobs in the process.Some 40,000 U.S. soldiers have already left Germany for deployment in Kuwait, and thousands more will leave if military action against Iraq goes ahead.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Adding another sticking point to strained relations with the United States, Germany says its troops will not come to the rescue of American soldiers if they invade Iraq and face a chemical or biological attack there. German defense minister Peter Struck said Friday that his forces will only defend and assist American soldiers and civilians based in Kuwait, where some German troops are currently stationed.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Germany's deputy defense minister has been rebuked after describing the Bush administration as a collection of "dictators."His superior, Defense Minister Peter Struck, chided Walter Kolbow, but Struck said that he would not take any further action against his deputy.Kolbow's remarks are likely to add further problems to already strained U.S.-German relations.According to news reports, Kolbow told a rally last week at Mainbernheim in Bavaria: "The Americans look more and more like dictators with their unilateral decisions."
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Vienna, Austria (CNSNews.com) - In a landmark achievement, the United States and Russia on Wednesday inked an agreement to close down the last three Russian nuclear reactors that are capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium.The reactors will be decommissioned in the next eight years, effectively ending Russia's known capability to produce weapons-grade plutonium. Currently used for producing electricity, the reactors will be replaced with two new fossil-fuel power plants for which the United States will spend some $500 million.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com ) - In a departure from his defiant stand, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has dropped his staunch opposition to the war in Iraq and expressed hope that it would end soon.Addressing the parliament Friday, Schroeder said the defeat of dictatorship in Iraq would help establish peace in that country.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - "My mandate, as I see it, is to fight for peace with all my might," German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told a rally in his hometown of Hanover last week. But Schroeder's anti-war stance backfired on Sunday when voters punished the SPD in state elections where local issues and the state of the German economy turned out to be more important than Iraq.Venting their anger over tax hikes, the government's failure to check spiraling unemployment, and an economy on the brink of recession, voters rejected the SPD in Lower Saxony and Hesse.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Ending a turbulent 74-year history, the Yugoslav parliament became the first legislature ever to vote itself out of existence Tuesday.From now on, the country will be called Serbia and Montenegro, a loose union of two republics, each of which will be able to hold a referendum on outright independence in three years' time.The dissolution of Yugoslavia comes after a decade of division and secession. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia all left the republic of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
July 7, 2008, 8:13 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - The German government expressed "concern" Thursday over the evidence presented by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in front of the U.N. Security Council. Berlin has supported the French government's position that inspections should intensify and said that a majority of Security Council members were in favor of a political resolution.In a statement issued Thursday, Bela Anda, the German government's chief spokesman, said that Germany wanted the evidence presented yesterday to be handed over to U.N. weapons inspectors.
July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Hundreds of former German soldiers are suing their Defense Ministry for $350 million in damages, claiming they contracted cancer from exposure to damaging rays from U.S.-built radar equipment forming part of NATO's defense systems along the erstwhile Iron Curtain.Reiner Geulen, an attorney representing the ex-servicemen, said a separate lawsuit would be filed in the U.S. against the manufacturers of the radar systems.
July 7, 2008, 8:10 PM EDT
Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNSNews.com) - In a major policy departure, Sri Lanka Wednesday offered a "mutually agreed" truce to separatist Tamil guerrillas in a bid to revive a stalled peace initiative.Foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar told reporters the government was looking to invite the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to hold talks aimed at\tab establishing peace in the country."There has been a reassessment of policy on this matter and the government is now ready for a mutually agreed ceasefire before talks," Kadirgamar told CNSNews.com.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNSNews.com) - Separatist rebels carried out a shocking suicide attack on Sri Lanka's international airport and neighboring air force base Tuesday, killing 18 people and destroying 13 aircraft.Foreign tourists were forced to flee the terminal building in fear of their lives.Armed with mortar launchers and automatic guns, the teenage guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) infiltrated the air force base at Katunayake, some 36 kilometers north of the capital, Colombo.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - Washington's ambassador-designate to Berlin is caught up in a domestic row in Germany over the state of Germany's armed forces.Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's office plans to protest recent remarks by ambassador-designate Daniel Coats, expressing its disapproval through the "appropriate channels," according to spokesperson Bela Anda.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - German customs officials are investigating two companies suspected of illegally selling India the technology it needs for its controversial long-range nuclear missile system.Customs officers raided a company in Wurzburg and confiscated records as part of their investigation into the alleged weapons deal. The homes of some company personnel also were searched.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Berlin (CNSNews.com) - The former East German government imprisoned some 75,000 people, including many soldiers, for trying to cross Berlin Wall, according to a report published a week ahead of the 40th anniversary of the building of the wall.The new research published by two historians states that, on average, one person was caught fleeing to the West every three and a half hours. Some 800 people were killed trying to cross.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNSNews.com) - For the first time in Sri Lanka's bloody, 17-year civil war, the United States has directly intervened in the political situation, raising hopes that political stability may in turn provide a climate in which a settlement to the conflict may be found.Recent initiatives aimed at ending the conflict between the Singhalese majority and Tamil separatists have all but collapsed amid political uncertainty.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A raging war in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula and recent gains of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have shattered a renewed push for peace in the Indian Ocean island.The Tamil Tiger rebels have made significant military gains in the Tamil-dominated peninsula, driving the government troops out of at least half-a-dozen strategic positions.On Monday the group offered to declare a temporary cease-fire if the government agreed to withdraw troops from the Jaffna area.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNSNews.com) - Just few hours after Sri Lanka paid homage to thousands of soldiers killed in the country's protracted ethnic war, a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed a government minister and at least 21 other people.C.V. Gunaratne, the government's federal industrial development minister, was walking in a procession organized to raise money for the survivors of dead, maimed and missing soldiers when the suicide bomber detonated the explosives.
July 7, 2008, 8:08 PM EDT
Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNSNews.com) - Attempts to negotiate an end to the long and bloody civil war in Sri Lanka have run into serious trouble, with even moderate Tamil leaders rejecting government proposals to devolve more powers to parts of the island nation dominated by their minority group.As the differences between minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese continue, the Norwegian government, which is attempting to mediate between them, has found itself the target of terrorists.