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Revealed: Big Pharma tested dangerous new drugs on unknowing Germans

Western drug companies tested pharmaceuticals on more than 50,000 people in the former communist East Germany, often without the knowledge of patients, several of whom died, the Spiegel news weekly reported Sunday. Some 600 clinical trials were carried out in more than 50 hospitals until the 1989 fall of the…

Iran arrests second female reporter for wanting to cover women’s football World Cup

BERLIN — Iran has arrested another female reporter wanting to cover the women’s football World Cup in Germany, a press report said on Sunday, saying she was being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin jail. Pegah Ahangarani, 27, who is also an actress and film-maker and said to be a supporter…

Germany to sell tanks to Saudi Arabia: report

BERLIN — Germany has allowed the sale of 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia after decades of blocking heavy weapons sales to the kingdom, the Der Spiegel said Saturday. The federal security council approved the sale last week, the weekly news magazine said without citing sources. The Saudis want to…

BOMBSHELL: Greece threatens to quit the euro, emergency EU meeting tonight

by Gregory White Greece’s government is considering leaving the euro and returning to its own currency, according to Der Spiegel. The move comes as a result of austerity measures that have broken the back of the country’s economy, and limited its ability to escape recession. Der Spiegel claims to have…

US army apologizes for Afghanistan abuse pictures

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Army on Monday formally apologized “for the distress” caused by pictures portraying abuse allegedly committed by American troops serving in Afghanistan. “We apologize for the distress these photos cause,” said a statement released by the Army. German weekly Der Spiegel earlier Monday published photos that…

Spiegel: WikiLeaks logs may reveal war crimes

In its early analysis of the Iraq war logs released by whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Friday, the German paper Der Spiegel pointed to several accounts of what it calls “dubious attacks” by US Apache helicopters that may have amounted to war crimes. One of those accounts has to do with…

WikiLeaks releases trove of Iraq documents

As promised by a Twitter posting on Friday afternoon, the whistleblower site WikiLeaks is about to release a large number of documents related to hostilities in Iraq, and analysis of the documents by selected news sources has already begun to appear. “See TBIJ, IBC, Guardian, Spiegel, NYT, Le Monde, Al…

Karl Rove: Tea Party ‘not sophisticated’

Former top Bush adviser Karl Rove told a European publication that the Tea Party movement is “not sophisticated” and lacks the coherency and intelligence of prior right-wing uprisings in the United States. “If you look underneath the surface of the Tea Party movement, on the other hand, you will find…

Koran-burning pastor ‘has gone mad’ and ‘needs help,’ daughter says

The estranged daughter of a Florida pastor who has threatened to burn copies of the Koran believes he has gone mad and needs help, she said in a German media interview conducted on Friday. Emma Jones, the estranged daughter of Pastor Jones, told Spiegel Online she had e-mailed her father…

Poles arrest alleged Mossad agent in Dubai killing

Polish authorities have arrested at the request of Germany a suspected Mossad agent thought to have played a role in the Dubai assassination of a Hamas commander, German prosecutors said Saturday. “He was arrested in Warsaw and is suspected of being involved in illegally obtaining a (German) passport,” a spokesman…

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