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Merkel does not rule out EU treaty change at meeting with UK's Cameron

ImageGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel could be open to changes to the EU treaty, she said at a meeting with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. She stressed that Germany wants the UK to remain in the bloc.


Rebels gain more ground in Syria's Idlib

ImageInsurgents who captured the last government-held town in Syria's Idlib province have made more advances in surrounding areas. The rebels are coming closer to Assad's stronghold and homeland of Latakia.

Greek crisis

G7 finance ministers unhappy about Greece

ImageFinance ministers from the wealthiest democracies have renewed their calls on Greece to speed up its reform process so as to get its finances in order. Time is running out for Athens with more debt repayments looming.


Don't point fingers says Myanmar at migrant summit

Delegates from 17 governments, along with international organizations, have met in Thailand to address the refugee crisis in Southeast Asia. Myanmar has taken exception to being blamed for the problem.


German aid worker kidnapped by Taliban now free in Afghanistan

A German national working for the GIZ is free again after spending more than 40 days in Taliban capitivity. Foreign Minister Steinmeier said he was "relieved" to know the aid worker was in government care.


Belgium demands Germany explain BND spying

The Belgian government has begun investigating whether any companies or organizations in Belgium were victims of German and American spying. A coalition of lawmakers has accused the BND of culling data from neighbors.


India heat wave death toll surpasses 1,800, crisis response questioned

A heat wave in the South Asian country has left nearly 2,000 dead after a week of scorching temperatures. But some are concerned the government's response is not enough to ease the crisis.


29.5.1453: The sacking of Constantinople


1894: Josef von Sternberg

Days to remember

1913: Stravinskys "Le sacre du printemps"