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Berlin urges Turkey to respect freedom to demonstrate

Germany on Sunday urged Turkey to "respect the freedom to demonstrate and of expression," in a tweet by government spokesman Steffen Seibert. In another tweet, Seibert said there should be "a continuation of dialogue" in Turkey, adding: "The German government again calls on all parties to reason." clp/bm/lc

German government "moved" by Pope Benedict's resignation

BERLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The German government said it was "moved and touched" by the surprise resignation of German-born Pope Benedict on Monday. "As a Christian and as a Catholic, one can't help but be moved and touched by this," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said at a regular government news conference.
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