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.
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Nearly 100,000 sign document calling for Israeli prime minister's arrest for war crimes
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SDSM's return is part of Brussels-brokered deal between government and opposition
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Court rules that detention of three Tunisians in 2011 'diminished their human dignity'
Government blames ultra-nationalists for the unrest, saying they detonated a live grenade near the entrance to the parliament building
Some people use situation in Syria, country's fake documents to have easier access into EU
Obama has put forward new plans to anchor the US in the Arctic in order to keep up with Russia's fleet of icebreakers.
Announcement came after around 500 refugees tried to board the latest train to Vienna
Malala Yousafzai's advocacy group will launch an index to highlight gaps in secondary educational opportunities as well as gaps in donor funding
A Russian forwarding base set up in an area near Damascus controlled by Assad, will be used to combat ISIL, with thousands of Russian personnel to arrive in a few weeks.