World Bulletin / News Desk
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled a visit to Tunisia in early October, an aide said on Wednesday, with a German paper citing safety concerns over unrest in the region in protest against a U.S.-made anti-Islam video.
Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the visit was called off "by mutual agreement with the government of Tunisia". He declined to give a reason but the Financial Times Deutschland mentioned security worries in a preview of its Thursday edition.
The chancellor took a conciliatory tone with Germany's large Muslim community during a call-in event with her party followers late on Wednesday. With more than 3 million Muslims living in Germany, Islam had become a part of us, she said.
"The majority of Muslims in Germany have clearly distanced themselves from such actions," Merkel said of protests this month against the film "The Innocence of Muslims", during which Germany's embassy in Sudan was stormed.
The German government has criticised the film as a crude attack on Islam, with Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle calling it an "anti-Islamic hate video".
German authorities say they will consider banning any attempt to screen it.
Armenian armed forces to get new modern arms. Russia grants $200 mln loan to Armenia to help modernise army
Turkish Cypriot President Akinci says he feels the ongoing negotiations over the divided island of Cyprus may be concluded soon
Muslim leaders in Uganda have blamed police for not protecting Muslim imams.
According to new data from the Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), shows nearly 30 journalists were murdered in criminal acts outside war zones (especially in Latin America, Philippines and India)
Gas row between Russia and Ukraine flares up again with Russia and Ukraine trading words over decentralization of Donbass
Navy Yard spokesman says no casualties, no shooter spotted at Washington Navy Yard.
The German Chancellor's chief of staff has requested a meeting with US embassy over spying reports
The French President Francois Hollande has visited Benin to discuss the Boko Haram
The UNHCR has condemned the plan of the the Hungarian parliament to vote on Friday whether the planned change to asylum rules can be decided on a fast-track basis
Bulldozers backed by Israeli forced their way into al-Araqib village in Negev Desert
According to the Iraqi forces 90 percent of the district has been cleared and the remaining areas will be done in the coming hours
BBC director general says they need to save £50 million more every year
Activists say flotilla's interception by Israel will not stop them from making further attempts to break siege
Latino Muslims are considered to be one of the fastest growing segments of Islam in the U.S., according to PBS.
Chinese foreign ministery says in a statement China pays great attention to the Iran nuclear talks process and attends nuclear talks in Vienna.