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Two German aid workers killed in Yemen: FM

BERLIN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The German foreign minister said Thursday that two German aid workers and a local colleague were killed in the terrorist attacks against Yemen's Ministry of Defense which has reportedly claimed lives of at least 52 people. "The German government harshly condemns this cowardly attack," Guido Westerwelle said in Berlin, adding that he hopes the Yemeni authorities hold to account those responsible for the attack. He said the three victims are employees of GIZ, a German government aid agency, providing no further details.

German FM says Iran talks 'not a done deal'

GENEVA (Reuters) - Talks on Iran's nuclear program were "not a done deal," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Saturday, as foreign ministers of six world powers gathered in Geneva for a fourth day of negotiations. "It's not a done deal. There's a realistic chance, but there's a lot of work to be done," Westerwelle said on arriving in Geneva. (Reporting By John Irish; editing by Justyna Pawlak)

German foreign minister to join Iran talks

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will join US Secretary of State John Kerry and other world power counterparts on Saturday for nuclear talks with Iran, a spokesman said. "The foreign minister will be in Geneva on Saturday," a spokesman told AFP. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is already in Geneva and is due to be joined on Saturday by Kerry, Britain's William Hague and France's Laurent Fabius. mnb/stu/gk

German foreign minister to join Geneva Iran talks

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will travel to Geneva Friday to join talks on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, a ministry source said, as hopes grew for a historic agreement. The source said Westerwelle had spoken Friday with his counterparts in France and Britain and believed "an important moment in the negotiations" with Iran had arrived. dlc/kjm/yad

Germany summons US envoy over Merkel phone spy claims bur-dlc/fz

Germany on Thursday summoned the US ambassador to Berlin over suspicion Washington spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle will personally meet with US envoy John B. Emerson later Thursday, the spokeswoman told AFP, in a highly unusual step between the decades-long allies. cp-dlc/fz/ric

Iran's new tone 'encouraging'

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Tuesday met Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, welcoming a "new tone" from Tehran but demanding "substantial action" on its controversial nuclear program. "This is a good day for those who bet on a political and diplomatic solution," Westerwelle told journalists, calling Rowhani's speech to the UN General Assembly "encouraging." He later met Iran's new leader, who has made diplomatic overtures in his country's nuclear standoff with the West.

Iran's new tone 'encouraging'

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Tuesday welcomed a "new tone" from Tehran ahead of a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani but demanded "substantial action" on its controversial nuclear program. "This is a good day for those who bet on a political and diplomatic solution," Westerwelle said, calling Rowhani's speech to the UN General Assembly "encouraging." He was later set to meet Iran's new leader, who has made diplomatic overtures in his country's nuclear standoff with the West.

EU wants 'clear, strong response' to Syria chemical attack

European Union foreign ministers on Saturday called for "a clear and strong response" to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria last month blamed on the Damascus regime. Speaking after the bloc's 28 ministers held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry, the EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said: "We want to see a clear and strong response."

Germany to back G20 statement on Syria, Westerwelle says

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Germany will sign a Group of 20 statement supported by 10 nations calling for a strong international response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Saturday.

France seeks EU backing for Syria stance but meets scepticism

By Adrian Croft and Justyna Pawlak VILNIUS (Reuters) - France, which backs military action to punish Syria for a deadly chemical weapons attack, tried to rally support from its European Union partners on Friday but met scepticism from governments wary of turning their backs on the United Nations.
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