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.
Iraq says al-Baghdadi's aide was killed in airstrike near Syrian border
Reinforcements come amid protests in Tripoli and other Libyan cities against French military intervention in the country
U.S. authorities have issued subpoenas to Goldman Sachs for documents related to the bank’s dealings with the Malaysia 1MDB investment fund
Additional police have been deployed as a security measure following a threat at Amsterdam
Petrobras said Friday it had sold its majority stake in a pre-salt exploration block in the Santos Basin to Norway's Statoil for $2.5 billion.
Madrid is seeing if it can bring criminal charges against the speaker of the Catalan parliament for urging the assembly vote for independence.
With three million Iraqi's being displaced already by the current battle against ISIL another one million risk being forced out of their homes
Facebook may be forced to pay back more than $3 billion in taxes after federal investigators asked a judge in California to force Facebook to open up its financial and business records for 2010
Six Michigan state workers have been charged with hiding data that showed that Flint's water was contaminated with lead
Brazilian police have said that they have arrested a a Lebanese man who was a former member of the militant group Hezbollah and also wanted for drug trafficking.
UNICEF will continue its effort to provide aid in the north east Borno state despite an ambush attack on a convoy on Thursday
The Gülen movement has founded charter schools and universities across the world in particular in Central Asia with the Turkish ambassador warning the country over its Gulen linked schools
Viktoria Zeynep Gunes, 18-year-old swimmer who escaped Crimea in 2013, will now represent Turkey in Rio Olympics
Juncker has warned of concerns of the EU refugee deal collapsing after the failed July 15 coup attempt
Security forces have exchanged fire with protesters backing opposition group holding hostages in a police building in Yerevan.
Austria has turned over two men who were part of the ISIL network who were responsible for the Paris attack in November