In Berlin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Germany for its unrelenting support amid a wave of stabbing attacks by Palestinians in Israel. He was meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel who called for a de-escalation in the violence.
The leaders of Germany's two biggest parties went head to head on TV for the only time ahead of the September 24 vote. Merkel and Schulz sparred on topics ranging from migration to foreign policy.
A 26-year-old rejected asylum seeker who went on a knifing rampage in a Hamburg supermarket is being held on one count of murder and five of attempted murder. The case has reopened debate on deportation procedures.
The international protest movement to boycott Israel is increasingly encountering resistance in Germany's big cities. Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich have said BDS uses language from the Nazi era.
German federal prosecutors have taken over the probe into a deadly knife attack in Hamburg. Authorities say they believe the 26-year-old suspect was a self-radicalized Islamist extremist who hoped to die as a "martyr."
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