Despite Berlin's backing of the Cyprus bailout, Germany remains divided over how to deal with the eurozone crisis
Lawmakers in Cyprus have turned down a bill which would prepare for the privatization of three major public utility corporations. The vote puts payment of the next tranche of EU and IMF bailout funds in doubt.
Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders have pledged to end the island's four-decade division as soon as possible, they said in a joint statement. This comes after peace talks had stalled for nearly two years.
A second day of peace talks between Syria's warring sides has focused on the release of prisoners and the fate of those kidnapped or missing in the country. The direct negotiations began on Saturday in Switzerland.
Members of the German armed forces may soon be sent to Somalia to take part in a training mission. The opposition is skeptical, saying the security situation in the east African state remains unstable.
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