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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) wants talks on forming a new German government to focus on security and curbing immigration, a senior party official said, after sharp gains by a far-right party in Sept. 24’s federal election.
BARCELONA - Agence France-Presse
Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sept. 20 as Spanish police detained 13 Catalan government officials in a crackdown ahead of an independence referendum which Madrid says is illegal.
BERLIN - Reuters
Germany will have no choice but to restrict its economic ties with Turkey to pressure its NATO partner into releasing German citizens it imprisoned on political grounds, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in remarks published on Sept. 16
The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year and has been rising steadily since last year’s failed coup attempt, German government data showed on Sept. 18.
PARIS - Reuters
French journalist Loup Bureau has been released from jail, his lawyer said on Sept. 15.
FRANKFURT - Reuters
The first far-right party set to enter Germany’s parliament for more than a half a century says it will press for Chancellor Angela Merkel to be “severely punished” for opening the door to refugees and migrants.
LONDON – Reuters
A homemade bomb on a packed rush-hour commuter train in London engulfed a carriage in flames and injured 22 people on Sept. 15 in what police said was Britain’s fifth terrorism incident this year, but apparently failed to fully explode.
PARIS - Agence France-Presse
French reporter Loup Bureau, who had been held on “terror” charges in Turkey in a case that sparked tensions between Ankara and France, arrived in Paris on Sept. 17 after being freed.
WASHINGTON – Reuters
Harvard University on Sept. 15 withdrew a fellowship invitation to Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. Army soldier who was convicted of leaking classified data, after two top intelligence experts distanced themselves from the school over the invite.
THESSALONIKI – The Associated Press
Greek police say they freed 14 Pakistani migrants held captive by 5 compatriots of theirs who demanded money for their release.
Greek police said they have detained two Turkish men who crossed into the country illegally from Macedonia, and arrested a Macedonian man accused of smuggling them into Greece.