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Pakistan, Germany sign financing accord on polio eradication

ISLAMABAD: Secretary Economic Affairs Division Mr. Noor Ahmed and Germany’s KfW Country Director Mr. Wolfgang Moeller on Friday signed a financing agreement for polio eradication phase- II worth €5 million in Islamabad. According to a statement released from the ministry, the agreement envisages to exclusively finance polio vaccines as well as vaccination campaigns to strengthen measures for the implementation of Pakistan’s 2018-2019 National Polio Emergency Action Plan (NEAP). The programme is to be executed by UNICEF and…

Town puts Elvis Presley on traffic lights

FRIEDBERG: Cross the road, it's now or never. Or that's what residents in the German town of Friedberg may start humming when their traffic light jumps to green to reveal Elvis Presley. The jailhouse rocker performed his military service there between 1958 and 1960 and the town remains all shook up about its celebrated visitor. To commemorate the "Love me Tender" singer's link to Friedberg, located north of Frankfurt, local authorities have transformed three traffic lights into Elvis lights. On red, they show…

Germany seeks European cooperation on artificial intelligence

NUREMBERG, Germany: Germany called on Tuesday for European cooperation on developing artificial intelligence (AI) to close the gap on leaders China and the United States. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier made the call after Berlin’s AI strategy was faulted by researchers, entrepreneurs and investors for lacking the vision and cash to sustain German industrial prowess. Critics say that US and Chinese tech companies are leading the way in deploying AI to automate office tasks, support autonomous driving, or talk to a…

Germany to ease immigration rules to tackle worker shortage

BERLIN: Worker-starved Germany will ease immigration rules to attract foreign jobseekers, including giving well-integrated, irregular migrants who are employed a shot at staying in the country, ministers said Tuesday. In a deal hammered out after marathon talks deep into the night, Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU party, their Bavarian allies CSU and the centre-left SPD agreed on a new strategy to combat fast-ageing Germany's worker shortage. Migrants without residency permits who are awaiting decisions on…

PM Imran accepts Angela Merkel’s invitation to visit Germany

ISLAMABAD: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed desire to expand cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields and work together on issues of mutual interest at the regional and global levels. In a felicitating telephone call to Prime Minister Imran Khan on his election as Prime Minister of Pakistan today, the German chancellor emphasized the importance of deepening bilateral relations. Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed the desire for further enhancing bilateral relations with Germany into a mutually…

‘The most adorable act of random kindness ever’

A boy who has chained his bicycle to the same lamp post for well over a year has been rewarded with a reserved parking spot in the cutest possible way. A woman Christie Dietz said a kind-hearted stranger had permanently reserved the parking spot for her son by using a custom-made sticker. The food and travel writer shared a picture of a lamppost where her four-year-old son parked his bicycle for the past one year in Wiesbaden, Germany, “My son has parked his bike by this lamp post just about every day for the last…

Germany to raise funds for Palestinian refugee agency

BERLIN: Germany will provide additional funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency and has appealed to other EU members to do the same following a cut in US aid, its foreign ministry said Friday. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has been struggling to balance its books since the United States announced in January it was cutting its annual funding by $300 million (260 million euros). German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a letter to European Union colleagues that the…