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LONDON | Germany lacked ‘greed’ to defend WC; France to heed lessons

LONDON — More than two months after Germany’s embarrassingly brief World Cup title defense, Joachim Loew offered a reason for the failure to his coaching compatriots on Sunday: The squad lacked motivation. “After such a long time at the top,” Loew said, “we were missing the last percent, the fire, the passion, and this greed to … Continue reading LONDON | Germany lacked ‘greed’ to defend WC; France to heed lessons

PYONGYANG, North Korea | North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

PYONGYANG, North Korea— North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in a statement Wednesday that the countries planned to jointly bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. At a major summit, the two leaders gave no details of which cities might host certain events at the games, or how advanced … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea | North and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

BERLIN | Top German spy ousted after clash with Merkel over migrants

BERLIN — The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency lost his job Tuesday after his remarks downplaying anti-migrant violence became a battleground between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative critics. The ouster of Hans-Georg Maassen is the latest political aftershock resulting from the influx of more than a million refugees into Germany since 2015, which … Continue reading BERLIN | Top German spy ousted after clash with Merkel over migrants

CAIRO | Germany’s DW: Harassment claims against ex-staffer credible

CAIRO— Allegations of sexual harassment against a former employee at the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle have proven credible, the broadcaster said Friday, but it would not say whether that case was related to recent accusations of sexual misconduct against a famous Egyptian-British TV host who worked for DW. In an internal statement confirmed by spokesman … Continue reading CAIRO | Germany’s DW: Harassment claims against ex-staffer credible

MUNICH | Mesut Ozil’s absence casts shadow over German national team

MUNICH — The start of Germany’s post-Mesut Ozil era showed Germany is missing a player like Mesut Ozil. Without the Arsenal midfielder on the field, Germany tried hard but ultimately failed to break through France’s defense, playing out a 0-0 draw Thursday in the UEFA Nations League. The 29-year-old Ozil quit the national team in … Continue reading MUNICH | Mesut Ozil’s absence casts shadow over German national team

BERLIN | Reports: Iran drops bid to transfer millions out of Germany

BERLIN  — German media outlets are reporting that Iran has rescinded its request to transfer 300 million euros ($347 million) in cash from a Hamburg-based bank in a case that been closely followed by the U.S. The dpa news agency, along with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and NDR and WDR broadcasters, reported Tuesday that Iran … Continue reading BERLIN | Reports: Iran drops bid to transfer millions out of Germany

BERLIN | Ticket reseller sues Sheeran promoter in Germany for fraud

BERLIN — International ticket reseller Viagogo says it’s suing superstar Ed Sheeran’s promoter for fraud on allegations the company confiscated genuine tickets from concert-goers and forced them to purchase new tickets. Viagogo said its suit filed Tuesday in Germany alleges Stuart Galbraith and his company, Britain-based Kilimanjaro Live Ltd., defrauded fans out of several million … Continue reading BERLIN | Ticket reseller sues Sheeran promoter in Germany for fraud

CHEMNITZ, Germany | German authorities take aim at far-right party’s youth wing

CHEMNITZ, Germany — German authorities announced efforts Monday to tighten their surveillance of the far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD, amid growing concern that it is closing ranks with extremist groups. Those fears were heightened over the past week, when AfD activists marched alongside leading figures of the anti-migrant group PEGIDA and members of … Continue reading CHEMNITZ, Germany | German authorities take aim at far-right party’s youth wing