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German dies of complications from MERS infection

A 65-year old man has died in northern Germany of a lung disease, following an earlier MERS infection, state health officials have said. The German contracted the virus on vacation in the Middle East in February. The patient passed away from subsequent complications related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on June 6, despite managing to overcome the virus itself, the health ministry in German state of Lower Saxony announced Tuesday. "We deeply regret the death of this patient, our sympathies go to his relatives, who hoped for recovery and now have to suffer this heavy blow", Lower Saxony Social Minister for Health and Social Issues Cornelia Rundt said. The 65-year old was infected during his February trip to Abu Dhabi, and is so far the first German whose death can be traced back to the deadly infection believed to have originated in the Middle East. After overcoming the coronary virus in mid-May, the patient had been released from the isolation ward, and so his death came as a surprise for the doctors, according to the dpa news agency. Hundreds of lives lost Some 200 people who were in contact with the patient during his illness have been tested for MERS, with all the results coming back negative, officials have said. This conforms to the current scientific theories saying that MERS only rarely transfers between humans. Two people were treated for MERS in Germany in 2012 and 2013, with patients coming from Qatar and United Arab Emirates. One of them died. Historically, most MERS patients have been reported in Saudi Arabia. However, South Korea is currently combating an outbreak of the disease, which killed 19 people since it was first reported in May this year. MERS currently has a 35-percent mortality rate, according to the World Health Organization, and no vaccine has been developed so far. Around 1,200 people have been infected with MERS since it first appeared in 2012, with virus claiming some 450 lives.

A 65-year old man has died in northern Germany of a lung disease, following an earlier MERS infection, state health officials have said. The German contracted the virus on vacation in the Middle East in February. The patient passed away from subsequent complications related to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on June 6, despite managing to overcome the virus itself, ... Read More »

Italy battles to house migrants at border with France

Italian officials have been forced to take emergency measures to accommodate a flood of migrants who were staging a sit-in at a border crossing with France. Rome says it has increased border monitoring as a result. More than 200 migrants, who had been rescued at sea, had been sleeping in train stations after France tightened their border controls, preventing many of the immigrants from continuing their journeys to northern Europe. Italian officials closed a migrant reception area close to the main entrance of the Milan train station where hundreds of immigrants, many from Somalia, Eritrea, Ivory Coast and Sudan, have been sleeping this week. Authorities cited increased heath and sanitation concerns as the reason for closing the main entrance hall. The migrants, mostly arriving from southern Italy after being rescued at sea, have taken refuge in and around Milan's central station due to insufficient bedding at emergency housing centers. Borders across 'borderless Europe' French police have blocked the border with Italy since Thursday, with the country's Interior Ministry saying it had reinforced border checkpoints over the past few weeks after an increase in migrant arrivals. Meanwhile, the Austrian Interior Ministry said its border surveillance measures had been increased after its neighbors, Germany, began border controls during the recent G7 summit and the international Bilderberg conference, which is to take place in Austria this weekend. Speaking to the Associated Press, Gemma Azuni, a Rome city official, said the border closures were causing many headaches. "All stations are crowded with people who are not receiving sufficient help," she said. The French news agency AFP reported Saturday that Italian police had been deployed to the border with France after French police refused to let the migrants enter. Wearing riot gear, the police pushed migrants back to the township of Ventimiglia, five kilometers (three miles) from the border crossing. Around 50 members of the group subsequently escaped the police cordon, taking refuge on rocks near the border post. "Where are our human rights?" several of the men reportedly shouted, claiming the police had mishandled them. The migrants eventually complied with police orders, before officials said migrants would be taken by bus to immigrant reception centers in the western province of Imperia. Migrants landing in Italy are usually able to travel through neighboring France, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia due to the Schengen open border accord. On Sunday, June 14, Europe celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Schengen Agreement which abolished internal border controls between the 26 member states.

Italian officials have been forced to take emergency measures to accommodate a flood of migrants who were staging a sit-in at a border crossing with France. Rome says it has increased border monitoring as a result. More than 200 migrants, who had been rescued at sea, had been sleeping in train stations after France tightened their border controls, preventing many ... Read More »

A night to remember in Faro for Gibraltar’s fans

Despite losing 7-0, Gibraltar's fans celebrated their players as champions when they walked off the pitch. For Brian, Sergio, Peter and Eric, this was a night to remember in Gibraltar's short history of internationals. “Buena, buena, buena,” yells Sergio, standing up off his chair as Gibraltar charges forward. Once again the ball is blasted in the direction of Germany's goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller. It's the fourth attack on goal in the half for Gibraltar - not bad for a team of part-timers against the world champions. But before he sits back down Sergio has a warning. “In the second half, you watch, they will struggle with their fitness,” he says, in perfect English with a thick Spanish accent. “It's a stamina problem,” adds Sergio's friend Brian, leaning over. A long day Speaking of stamina, it's been a long day for Sergio and Brian too. They piled into a car at 8am on Saturday morning together with their old friends Peter and Eric, to get to their 'home ground' in Faro. All four of them are born-and-bred Gibraltarians, all four of them are new fans of the national team. They are just one small part of around 5000 fans that came from Gibraltar to Faro, for the team's home game on a mild night in the southern Portuguese city. The reason they can't play at home: Gibraltar's Victoria Stadium is deemed not up to standard for internationals. It's annoying for the fans, but you wouldn't have noticed it watching them celebrate their team. They remain in good spirits throughout the game – no matter what happens on the pitch. “I don't know everyone here tonight, it's not like that,” says Sergio. “But I do recognize a lot of them by sight.” The best is yet to come Sadly, things do take a turn for the worse in the second half though, just as Sergio predicted. Gibraltar let in three goals in quick succession after the break and the home crowd goes quiet. At the same time, the German fan block on the other side of the stadium starts to break into song. Still, the Gibraltarians keep cheering on their team. “C'mon Lee” yells one fan, calling his favorite player by his first name. There's something you don't hear every day at a European Championship qualifier. But despite the friendly atmosphere, the Gibraltarians know that this isn't the standard that they should aim for. “We have just started at this level,” Sergio explains. “It's going to take a while for our players to get used to this atmosphere and this level.” In fact all four Gibraltarians are convinced that – despite the heavy loss – tonight was an important step in Gibraltar's footballing history. “We're very small, but when we unite we can be very strong,” Sergio says. “You wait.”

Despite losing 7-0, Gibraltar’s fans celebrated their players as champions when they walked off the pitch. For Brian, Sergio, Peter and Eric, this was a night to remember in Gibraltar’s short history of internationals. “Buena, buena, buena,” yells Sergio, standing up off his chair as Gibraltar charges forward. Once again the ball is blasted in the direction of Germany’s goalkeeper ... Read More »

Bundestag counting cost of cyberattack

جرمن پارلیمان کے کمپیوٹرز پر سائبر حملے میں اندازوں سے کہیں زیادہ نقصان ہوا ہے۔ ذرائع ابلاغ کے مطابق اس ہیکنگ کے بعد جرمن پارلیمان کو ایک نئے کمپیوٹر نظام کی ضرورت ہے۔ بتایا گیا ہے کہ مواصلات کے شعبے کی حفاظت پر مامور محکمے نے بھی کمپیوٹرز کو فوری طور پر تبدیل کرنے کی تجویز دی ہے۔ جریدے ڈیئر اشپیگل نے اپنی ایک رپورٹ میں لکھا ہے کہ سائبر حملے کو چار ہفتے گزر چکے ہیں اور ابھی بھی اعداد و شمار اور دستاویزات کی کسی نامعلوم مقام کی جانب منتقلی جاری ہے۔ ابھی تک یہ واضح نہیں ہے کہ اس ہیکنگ کے پیچھے کس کا ہاتھ ہے۔

Germany’s parliament has rejected rumors its IT system will need to be completely replaced following a recent cyberattack. Reports say large amounts of data are still being stolen from the network. Germany’s parliamentary speaker Norbert Lammert has dismissed media reports that all 20,000 computers in the country’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, would need to replaced. The job would ... Read More »

Women’s World Cup: Germany left cursing poor finishing in Norway draw

Germany could only take a point from the second game of their campaign in Canada, despite turning in an impressive first-half display. The Germans' superior goal difference should see them through the group stage. Germany 1-1 Norway (Mittag 6' - Mjelde 61') Germany were left ruing missed opportunities after a 1-1 draw with Norway means qualification for the knockout phases is put on hold. A reward for arguably the best 45-minute performance of the whole competition to date, Anja Mittag scored to send Germany ahead before Maren Mjelde equalized from a free-kick on the hour mark. Two-time champions Germany managed to dictate the first half, getting shots on target 19 times before Norway's first chance of the game on 44 minutes. In their previous encounter, Germany ran out 10-0 winners over Ivory Coast and could set up a quarterfinal tie with France if they go through in first place in the group. In Ottawa, Norway coach Even Pellerud deployed two fresh center-backs - Maria Thorisdottir and Marita Skammelsrud Lund - to deal with Champions League-winner Celia Sasic. But the pair were consumed with a flexible front-four, supported by the roaming Dzsenifer Marozsan who returned to the team after a strained ankle to make her World Cup debut. Germany's pummeling of the Norway goal started from the first whistle. On five minutes, full-back Leonie Maier hit the target with a left-foot shot to warn the Scandinavians. And just 60 seconds later, Silvia Neid's side took the lead when Marozsan strolled through the center, striking a shot at goal only for the rebound to fall to Malmö striker Mittag, who notched up her fourth of the tournament. The Germans were in complete control of the first half, and there was even room for Marozsan to improvise, pirouetting with some confidence despite facing a one-v-four situation. From the right-hand side, Maier and Simone Laudehr were providing a constant supply of dangerous crosses that unsettled the Norwegian defense. On 28 minutes, Alexandra Popp headed wide from 10 yards out having shifted in from the left flank. But before the teams went in for the break, Norway were able to offer some warning shots of their own. Isabell Herlovsen controlled the ball in the box after a misunderstanding in the German defense, but her right-foot shot was plucked out of the air by the veteran goalkeeper Nadine Angerer. The German keeper was busy from the resulting corner, punching the delivery on to her own crossbar. Mjulde strikes back After the interval, Norway looked a more spirited outfit, competing robustly where they had let themselves down in the first period. Pellerud's side shaped up in a more attacking 4-3-3 formation, having played the first half with two deep banks of four and five. And within a quarter of an hour, his side were on level terms. Herlovsen was bundled over on the edge of the box by Bartusiak, and from the resulting free-kick, Mjedle clipped the ball over the defensive wall and into the top corner. In contrast to the first-half, it was Germany's turn to lose their composure. Neid's side barely forced the issue in attack with Goessling and Marozsan consistently outnumbered while service from the wings was limited. Germany's subs off the bench - Pauline Bremer, Sara Däbritz and Lena Lotzen - struggled to influence the flow of the game and Norway's growing assurance. Lotzen's late effort forced the Norway keeper to scramble across her line, but the DFB women remained largely toothless in the second half. Germany's third and final group game will be against Thailand on Monday at 10:00 p.m. (CEST) in Winnipeg. Norway, meanwhile, face Ivory Coast to close their group schedule in Moncton.

Germany could only take a point from the second game of their campaign in Canada, despite turning in an impressive first-half display. The Germans’ superior goal difference should see them through the group stage. Germany 1-1 Norway (Mittag 6′ – Mjelde 61′) Germany were left ruing missed opportunities after a 1-1 draw with Norway means qualification for the knockout phases ... Read More »

Germany’s Joachim Löw to ring changes against United States

The world champions take on the USA before the European Championship qualifier at the weekend and the head coach wants to test out some of the fringe players included in his squad. Germany national team boss Joachim Löw wants to use the friendly with the United States on Wednesday to test out the new players in his squad. The 50-year-old confirmed Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira would play 45 minutes and that Shkodran Mustafi and Antonio Rüdiger would play in central defense. Löw has a full compliment of players to select from despite doubts over the fitness of Andre Schürrle and Erik Durm. "Basically, I want to make the most of the number of substitutions to keep the burden on the players as low as is possible," he said at a press conference on Tuesday in Cologne. Germany's squad for the USA friendly and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar at the weekend has no place for Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus and Benedikt Höwedes, all key players in the World Cup triumph. Borussia Mönchengladbach winger Patrick Herrmann is included in the squad for the first time and could be the 75th debutant under Löw's tutelage since 2006 when he was successor to Jürgen Klinsmann, the current US national team boss. Meanwhile, the likes of Champions League winner Marc-Andre ter Stegen, German Cup winner Maxi Arnold and Schalke's Max Meyer remain with the U21 squad as they travel to Czech Republic for the European Championships next month. The Germany boss is looking forward to intense competition for squad places when 'two-or-three' players make the step up to the first-team in the coming months. "After the U21 championships, we will bring in fresh blood. I expect a lot of competition for places," he noted.

The world champions take on the USA before the European Championship qualifier at the weekend and the head coach wants to test out some of the fringe players included in his squad. Germany national team boss Joachim Löw wants to use the friendly with the United States on Wednesday to test out the new players in his squad. The 50-year-old ... Read More »

World Cup winner Miroslav Klose expects to stay at Lazio until 2016

Klose has taken the option to spend another season in Italy and looks set to have one final crack at the UEFA Champions League in Lazio colors. The veteran striker helped his side to third this term. Former Germany international striker Miroslav Klose has confirmed he will stay with Serie A side Lazio for another 12 monhts. The 37-year-old's deal in Rome will end summer 2016 rather than this close season. Klose, who has played for Bayern Munich, Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern, signed for the two-time Italian champions in 2011 and has invoked a clause in his contract to add an extra season to his present deal by playing more than 20 games. "Another year in Lazio is a decision that I've taken with all my heart," he said in an official statement. "My family and I feel very comfortable in Rome and at Lazio. The fans here are fantastic." Helping Lazio to third in Serie A, and earning a crack at the Champions League, Klose scored 13 goals in 34 games in the league and netted another three on the road to the Italian Cup final, where his side went down to Champions League finalists Juventus. "I'm very proud of this season," he added. In 137 games for Germany's national team, the striker scored 71 goals and is the highest-scoring player at World Cup finals with 16 strikes at four tournaments.

Klose has taken the option to spend another season in Italy and looks set to have one final crack at the UEFA Champions League in Lazio colors. The veteran striker helped his side to third this term. Former Germany international striker Miroslav Klose has confirmed he will stay with Serie A side Lazio for another 12 monhts. The 37-year-old’s deal ... Read More »

Germany open World Cup with crushing win over Ivory Coast

In Germany's opening game of the 2015 Women's World Cup in Ottawa, Canada, the European champions smashed 10 goals past tournament debutants Ivory Coast on Sunday. Norway also won in Group B. Germany 10-0 Ivory Coast (Sasic 3', 14' 31, Mittag 29', 35', 64' Laudehr 71', Däbritz 75', Behringer 79', Popp 85') Germany cruised to an emphatic 10-0 win over Ivory Coast in their opening game of the Women's World Cup in Ottawa, Canada. Hat tricks from Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag, as well as goals from Melanie Behringer, Simone Laudehr, Sara Däbritz and Alexandra Popp sealed the near record-equaling win. Germany were dominant from start to finish, scoring five goals each half and creating 28 attempts on goal. The scoring began after just three minutes - Celia Sasic with a simple finish in the middle of the box. Leonie Maier, Alexandra Popp and Simone Laudehr all had chances to double the lead, but Ivory Coast captain Dominique Thiamale was keeping her side in the game. The pressure eventually relented, and Sasic grabbed the second on 13 minutes. One of the German stars, 21-year old Melanie Leupolz, had to leave the pitch with injury on 16 minutes. She would return to the bench later on in the half, but that was the only worry of the game for the European champions. Three goals came in the space of six minutes to take the score to 5-0 at the break, with Sasic completing her hat trick either side of an Anja Mittag brace after just 31 minutes. It was the earliest hat trick scored in Women's World Cup history. No contest for Neid's side It was Ivory Coast who started the better in the second half, though. They even had the ball in the German net after Diakite Binta had challenged Nadine Angerer in the air, but a foul was given against the Ivory Coast forward. Soon after, Mittag should have sealed her hat trick, but with the goal beckoning in the middle of the box, she dragged her effort wide. Eventually, though, a sixth goal came. Mittag followed Sasic's suit and grabbed her hat trick just after the hour mark, capitalizing on a defensive mistake - the third time in women's World Cup history that two players, on the same team, have scored hat tricks in a single game. A seventh goal followed minutes later, Simone Laudehr jinking her way into the box before slotting past Thiamale. Seven became eight as substitute Sara Däbritz tapped home at the back post and the ninth goal was scored with 10 minutes to play. Germany were closing in on their record scoreline of 11-0 that they produced to open the 2007 tournament against Argentina. The scoreline reached double figures just before the end, as Alexandra Popp smashed home a free kick from just outside the box, and that's how it finished. Norway put four past Thailand In the earlier game in Group B on Sunday, Norway strolled past Thailand 4-0. Norway, who have now won each of their six World Cup openers, took the lead after a quarter of an hour through a superb free kick from Trine Ronning. The lead was doubled 14 minutes later through Isabell Herlovsen and the 26-year-old added a second just five minutes later to leave the score at 3-0 through half-time. Nineteen-year-old Ada Hederberg scored a fourth after 68 minutes to seal the win. Just before the end, Maren Majelde had a penalty saved by Thailand goalkeeper Waraporn Boonsing. Norway face Germany next on Thursday, whilst Ivory Coast play Thailand.

In Germany’s opening game of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Ottawa, Canada, the European champions smashed 10 goals past tournament debutants Ivory Coast on Sunday. Norway also won in Group B. Germany 10-0 Ivory Coast (Sasic 3′, 14′ 31, Mittag 29′, 35′, 64′ Laudehr 71′, Däbritz 75′, Behringer 79′, Popp 85′) Germany cruised to an emphatic 10-0 win over ... Read More »

Merkel, Hollande discuss economic crisis with Greece’s Tsipras

Germany's Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have spoken to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to discuss the debt crisis. The deadline to reach a deal runs out at the end of this month. Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande spoke by telephone with Greece's prime minister on Saturday, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert told news agency dpa. The call, which took place on the eve of the G7 summit, seemed to suggest that the Athens debt crisis could dominate the meeting of the seven nations. Tsipras himself is not attending the meeting. Sources close to the government in Greece said that the three politicians agreed to meet on the sidelines of an EU summit with Latin American and Caribbean countries on Wednesday. G7 countries had meanwhile made up their minds to display a united front when it came to Athens. Frustration with Athens Tsipras on Friday urged his creditors, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank, to withdraw "absurd" demands and unlock 7.2 billion euros ($8 billion) worth of funds for his country. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker however showed his displeasure with Greek leaders' reluctance to implement reforms. There were also rumors that Juncker refused to speak with Tsipras when the latter called him, saying there were no new developments to talk about. Tsipras' office said it was waiting for "comments from EU institutions" on its financial suggestions. Time is running out Athens has very little time to resolve its debt issues. Pressure has also increased after Greece opted to postpone a key payment to the IMF on Friday and decided to pay all its due loans, totaling 1.6 billion euros, by June 30. Juncker met with Tsipras and Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem earlier this week to renegotiate terms, but to no avail. Tsipras and his left-wing Syriza party is unwilling to implement cuts on pensions and salaries, but the IMF and the European Central Bank (ECB) are unwilling to release the last tranche of a 240-billion-euro bailout package to the economically stricken country.

Germany’s Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have spoken to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to discuss the debt crisis. The deadline to reach a deal runs out at the end of this month. Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande spoke by telephone with Greece’s prime minister on Saturday, Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told news agency dpa. The call, which ... Read More »

FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off with Canada victory

The FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 has begun in Edmonton, Canada. The hosts had a fantastic start to the tournament after their team beat China 1-0. Hosts Canada were elated after Christine Sinclair scored an injury-time penalty against rivals China. Some 54,000 people gathered in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium to watch the Group A match. This year's World Cup has been dedicated to women's issues. The kick-off celebrations depicted the idea through the story of a little girl soccer player. Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan sang the song "In Your Shoes" for the ceremony. But organizers earned criticism after it was revealed that the FIFA's matchtracker had been referring to the players' performances as "his." The references were changed at halftime. Outgoing FIFA President Sepp Blatter sent his best wishes, despite a massive corruption scandal that threatened to steal the limelight from the tournament. FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, accused of making a $10-million (9-million euro) payment to fellow executive Jack Warner, was scheduled to attend the opening ceremony, but canceled after Blatter announced he was stepping down. More teams this year The next Group A match will take place between New Zealand and Netherlands on Friday. Two-time winners Germany and the US are set to play against Ivory Coast and Australia respectively on Sunday and Monday. Saturday's match witnessed the largest number of people for a Canadian national match in any sport, the Canadian Soccer Association said. Tickets have also sold out for the final on July 5, which Blatter is scheduled to attend. US matches were selling out particularly quickly, organizers said. Around 1.5 million people were expected at games venues in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton, well more than the nearly 850,000 visitors who made it to Germany for the 2011 Women's World Cup. The FIFA Women's title was held for the first time in China in 1991 and includes 24 teams this year, up from 16 in 2014. This year's games were also the first to be played on an artificial turf.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 has begun in Edmonton, Canada. The hosts had a fantastic start to the tournament after their team beat China 1-0. Hosts Canada were elated after Christine Sinclair scored an injury-time penalty against rivals China. Some 54,000 people gathered in Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium to watch the Group A match. This year’s World Cup has been ... Read More »

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