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    Germany banned the Iran-sponsored terrorist group Hezbollah from operating in the country, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer disclosed on Thursday. The announcement came ahead of police raids on several mosques located across Germany. "Police measures are underway in several federal states concurrently" against Hezbollah backers, Seehofer confirmed.

    After the postponement of this year's Tokyo Olympics, Germany has called off Oktoberfest set to take place between September 19 and October 4. With Germany struggling to contain Wuhan coronavirus, "the risk is simply too big," Bavarian state Prime Minister Markus Söder said while announcing his decision. "To live with coronavirus means to live carefully till there is a vaccine or a medicine," he added.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced strong support for the World Health Organization (WHO) after the United States cut its funding earlier this week. Chancellor Merkel "expressed her full support for the WHO," German government spokesman Steffan Seibert said on Thursday. German leader "defends the WHO's work following sharp criticism from Trump," German weekly Der Spiegel reported.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday rolled out a '"road map" for easing the nationwide lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. With the number of new infections and deaths starting to come down, Berlin wants to relax restrictive measures placed on public life and commercial activities. As a first step, the government will open schools and most shops on May 4.

    With Europe now officially the epicenter of the Coronavirus pandemic, Germany has announced its decision to close its borders with France, Austria, and Switzerland starting Monday, German news agency dpa reports. The German borders will remain closed barring some exceptions. Daily commuters and movement of goods have been exempted from the closure.

    With thousands of migrants amassing at Europe's outer borders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's left-wing coalition partner has called for a "Pact for Humanity" to bringing these asylum seekers directly into the country. Germany's ruling Social Democratic Party wants to take in "unaccompanied minors" trying to enter into Greece from Turkey, German media reports said.

    A summit of top European Union leaders failed on Friday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other heads of government left the conference without an agreement on how to fill the hole created in the bloc's budget by Britain's exit. The leaders of 27 EU member states had gathered in Brussels to finalize the trillion-dollar-budget for the next seven years.

    Almost a week after the United Kingdom left the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday unveiled a pan-European nuclear doctrine as part of country's new military strategy. "The vital interests of France now have a European dimension," he declared during the graduation ceremony at the French War College, l'Ecole de Guerre. Following Brexit, France is now the only nuclear power within the EU.
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