Merkel hints at relaxation of arms export rules Feb 28, 2019 0 1242 12345 dpaParisGermany could reconsider some of its strict rules on arms exports in response to complaints from France and Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said ahead of talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.“We can’t speak out in favour of a European army, we can’t publish a joint paper... and then say that we aren’t prepared to hold any discussions at all when there are joint projects and partners depend on us,” Merkel said at a joint press conference with Macron in Paris.France and Britain are aggrieved that German rules, notably a ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia due to its involvement in the devastating war in Yemen, affect joint projects and their own exports of weapons made with German parts.Germany would discuss the issue with its European partners “and we will also have these discussions among ourselves within government,” Merkel said. RELATED ARTICLES EU ready to give Britain conditional Brexit extra-time Feb 28, 2019 0 613 Trump, Kim shake hands, dine & exude optimism over nuclear talks Feb 28, 2019 0 896 Ex-Trump lawyer brands US president ‘conman’ and ‘racist’ Feb 28, 2019 0 916 France calls for close cooperation with Poland as relations warm AFP Warsaw France on Wednesday called Poland a “key player” in Europe, signalling warming ties between the two countries that had been chilled by diverging political views and Warsaw’s cancellation of a major military .. US calls on Russia to return Crimea, five years after annexation AFP Washington The United States reaffirmed Wednesday that it will keep sanctions on Russia until it “returns control of Crimea to Ukraine,” nearly five years after Moscow annexed the peninsula. US Secretary of State .. Nicaragua frees dozens of inmates ahead of talks: Rights group Managua: Nicaragua released dozens of prisoners Wednesday who were arrested during protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, ahead of long-awaited peace talks with the opposition, a human rights .. Three dead as car hit by two trains on US railway crossing New York: Three people were killed when their car was hit by two different trains as the vehicle was crossing a railway on Long Island, just outside New York. The car was on a railroad crossing late Tuesday when it was first .. Venezuela calls for talks between Trump, Maduro AFP Geneva Venezuela’s foreign minister on Wednesday called for direct talks between President Nicolas Maduro and his US counterpart Donald Trump to help ease the crisis in the country. The call from Venezuela’s top .. Guaido urges no let-up in protests until Maduro resigns Bogota/Geneva: Venezuela’s self-declared interim president Juan Guaido on Wednesday called on Venezuelans to take to the streets until President Nicolas Maduro steps down. “We shall not abandon the streets until we ..