Germans fret over Europe's future but still believe

German Chancellor Merkel and Finance Minister Schaeuble attend the session of Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, in BerlinBy Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The battle for Europe will be won or lost in Germany. If the European Union falls apart, it will likely be due to a return of nationalism and a refusal by the French, British and Dutch to share more sovereignty, rather than to German insistence on fiscal discipline and respect for the rules. "If the euro fails, then Europe fails," Chancellor Angela Merkel has repeatedly warned parliament.



Memphis police officer fatally shot during traffic stop

This undated photo released by the Memphis Police Department shows officer Sean Bolton, 33, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop Saturday night, Aug. 1, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. A manhunt is underway for the suspect, Tennessee police officials said. (Memphis Police Department via AP)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A police officer was fatally shot Saturday night during a traffic stop in Memphis and a manhunt is underway for the suspect, Tennessee police officials said.



Tracking the retreat of Arctic ice

Not so long ago, skeleton staff overwintering at the Ny-Alesund research centre could walk on the Arctic town's frozen bay and race their snow mobiles across its surfaceNy-Alesund (Norway) (AFP) - Not so long ago, skeleton staff overwintering at the Ny-Alesund research centre could walk on the Arctic town's frozen bay and race their snow mobiles across its surface. Now there is liquid water even in the coldest months, the glaciers are retreating at a rate of hundreds of metres per year, and alien species from warmer climes are making the bay their home, say longtime residents of the sparsely-populated town on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. "In the 1990s, we could cross the bay in snow mobiles," recalled Juergen Graeser, a technician at the Franco-German Awipev research station which collects weather, atmospheric and chemical data.



After Cecil, second lion poached by foreign tourist in Zimbabwe - parks source

Cecil the lion is seen at Hwange National Parks in this undated handout pictureBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - After the killing of Zimbabwe's best known lion, a second animal has been poached by a foreigner, a source said on Saturday as authorities banned big game hunting outside the park from which Cecil was lured to his death. Reports that a brother of Cecil had been killed on Saturday were untrue, a field researcher said, but the news rekindled the fury of animal lovers that was sparked by American dentist Walter Palmer who admitted hunting down the lion on July 1. The hunter had since left Zimbabwe, but police had recovered the lion's head and carcass.



Japan releases master recording of emperor's war-end speech

A container that stored the orignal vinyls of the master recording of late Japanese Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender speechThe master recording of Emperor Hirohito's speech announcing Japan's World War II surrender has been brought back to life in digital form ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday released the original audio from the vinyl master records of Hirohito's radio broadcast on August 15, 1945. In the speech the emperor announced the nation's acceptance of the Potsdam Declaration, which demanded Japan's unconditional surrender, pledging "to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is unsufferable".





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