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.
The execution of a commander of Hamas for spying on Israel has drawn swift condemnation from the HRW
Riyadh has announced discussions between Saudi and Venezuelan oil minister over ways to boost oil prices
Fighting breaks out between Rwandan rebels and a local Mai Mai militia
Vienna is considering deploying troops and police to the Balkans to reduce the flow of refugees on the route between Turkey and Austria
The country's PM Trudeau is set to pull out Canada's six F18s from bombing Syria
The legislation giving the government control over Poland's public broadcasters and top court prompted a series of demonstrations and harsh criticisms both at home and across Europe
Thousands have protested in Sarajevo against a ban on wearing the hijab in courts and other legal institutions
Hamas in a short Twitter statement that Mahmoud Eshtewi, a local member of the group’s military wing, was killed after he confessed to spying for Israel.
Buhari under fire for saying Nigerians not welcome abroad for high crime rate
Mosques across Britain open up for visitors as part of Visit My Mosque Day in bid to counter negative portrayal of Islam in mainstream media
Amendments will limit future presidents to two 5-year terms in office and officially recognize language of country’s Berber minority
Strikes kill two members of Mujahideen Shura Council, city of Derna’s de facto ruling body, according to local official
'I appeal to the international community to spare no effort to urgently bring parties back to the negotiating table,' Pope Francis says
Move comes despite November ceasefire deal that temporarily halted fighting between Tebu and Tuareg ethnic groups
The barrier stretches some 200 kilometres across about half the length of the frontier between the two neighbours