Protests rage in Iran as Germany issues travel warning
27 October 2022 | 5:45 am
The Islamic Republic has been gripped by five weeks of demonstrations and some hardliners want a stronger crackdown. Meanwhile, Germany has warned travelers of arbitrary arrests.
French authorities have warned there is a high risk of arbitrary detention in Iran. The announcement comes one day after Iranian television aired "confessions" from two French nationals held on espionage charges.
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Germany's nuclear shutdown is likely to be delayed, due to concerns about power supplies this winter. It's been over a decade since Germany decided to abandon atomic power. But energy shortages, caused by Russia's war on Ukraine, have forced a rethink.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene to Berlin Friday for discussions on increased cooperation. Raw materials and energy diversification were key topics.
A documentary film about Julian Assange, is premiering at the Berlin Human Rights Festival. The film follows Julian Assange's father's quest to free his son and challenge the authorities for keeping him in prison.
The ministers have gathered in Luxembourg to discuss increased financial aid and military training for Kyiv's forces. The EU is also set to approve new sanctions targeting Iran's so-called morality police.
The heads of Germany's spy agencies warned of continued "naivety" toward China at a parliamentary hearing. They also advised against handing Beijing too much leverage when it comes to cooperation and infrastructure.
After coalition wrangling over nuclear power, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has decided that all three plants should run throughout the winter. Germany has been scrambling to reorganize its energy mix amid gas cuts.
Germany has introduced a new program to relocate Afghans suffering persecution at the hands of the Taliban. Civil society members and minorities are considered most at-risk.
About half of Germany's food banks have seen their number of clients double since last year, and many are turning people away. Increasing demand and decreasing donations are leaving many in need of help with few options.
Iranian-German taekwondo athlete Parisa Farshidi is thousands of kilometers from her family back home, and since protests swept Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, keeping in touch has become difficult. As she worries for her relatives, Farshidi is determined to do all she can to help in the fight against the Iranian regime.
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