germany

TWO GERMAN VANDALS GET 3 STROKES OF THE CANE EACH

Germans Andreas Von Knorre, 22, and Elton Hinz, 21 who vandalised an MRT train were sentenced to nine months' jail and three strokes of the cane each. They used spray paint to spray graffiti on a train at the depot along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1.

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LEE HSIEN LOONG: WE FORCE DIFFERENT RACES TO LIVE TOGETHER

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in Germany for an official visit to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between Germany and his island republic, spoke about integrating citizens, religious harmony and the South China Sea conflict in an interview on Tuesday with German publication Suddeutsche Zeitung. He explained that his government plays the leading role in integrating people of various cultural backgrounds in Singapore.

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ANTI-ISLAM GROUP MARCHES IN GERMAN CITY OF DRESDEN

Clutching German flags, candles and banners, thousands of people joined a demonstration ostensibly against the so-called Islamisation of Germany. "No sharia law in Europe!" proclaimed one banner. But it rapidly became clear that most here are protesting against high levels of immigration and asylum seekers.

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GERMAN GOVT COMMITTEE: INCEST IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT

Laws banning incest between brothers and sisters in Germany could be scraped after a government ethics committee said the they were an unacceptable intrusion into the right to sexual self-determination. “Criminal law is not the appropriate means to preserve a social taboo,” the German Ethics Council said in a statement. “The fundamental right of adult siblings to sexual self-determination is to be weighed more heavily than the abstract idea of protection of the family.”

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GERMANY: DISPLAYING OF ISIS BLACK FLAG IS A CRIME

Germany banned images and activities linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham on Friday, including social media support and display of the militant group's signature black flag. Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that ignoring the ban - which also covers participating in demonstrations or supporting the group financially - "is a crime with immediate effect."

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WORLD CUP WINNING GERMAN FOOTBALL TEAM IS LIKE SG EDUCATION SYSTEM?

In contrast, I wonder what Andy Chen, the ST deputy editor who compared Germany’s recent success to Singapore’s education system will say to Singapore’s very own Goal 2010 – the exciting aim to get the Lions to appear in their first World Cup Finals ever. Did our education system produce a nation of quitters who dissipate at the first sight of failure instead of carrying on the goal the manner we would expect from people who went through a ‘rigorous education system that should be celebrated’?

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