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Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44

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Argentina’s navy was hunting on Friday for one of its submarines which has been reported missing off the country’s south coast with a crew of 44 on board. The navy said it had not had contact with the submarine, the San Juan, for 48 hours. "We have not been able to find, or have visual or radar communication with the submarine," navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference. The TR-1700 class diesel electric submarine had been returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia near the southernmost tip of South America, to its base at Mar del Plata, around 400 kilometers (240 miles) south of Buenos Aires. The San Juan’s last contact with the navy command was on Wednesday morning, Balbi said. Argentina said it launched an air and sea search on Thursday, involving a destroyer and two corvettes. An initial search in an area around the sub’s last known position, some 430 kilometers off the southeastern Valdez peninsula, provided no clues. Picture released by Telam on November 17, 2017 showing the ARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires Balbi said the search was hampered "because it was carried out at night and in bad meteorological conditions prevailing in the area of operations." The navy denied a press report that there may have been a fire onboard. Balbi appealed for caution. "I don’t want to dramatise the issue. We’re lacking communication and don’t know what happened," he said. "There may be a battery issue, a problem of power supply," the spokesman said, adding that navy protocol was that the submarine would surface if any power problems were detected. The San Juan sailed 10 days ago from Mar del Plata to Ushuaia. It spent three days there before heading off on the return voyage, Balbi said. Among those on board is Argentina’s first female submarine officer, weapons officer Eliana Krawczyk, 35. "Let us pray that nothing has happened to any crewmember. At sea they are all brothers, and a submarine carries more risk than a ship," her father Eduardo told Todo Noticias TV. The San Juan is one of three submarines in the Argentine fleet. Sixty-five meters (213 feet) long and seven meters wide, it was built by Germany’s Thyssen Nordseewerke and launched in 1983. It underwent a re-fit between 2007 and 2014 to extend its usefulness by some 30 years.  

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German parties at 'pain threshold' on immigration in coalition talks

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Germany's would-be coalition partners appeared to be stalled over the thorny issue of immigration policy on Sunday despite inching closer to agreement on other major sticking points including climate policy.


German parties forge ahead with talks on new government

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BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are seeking compromises on the thorny issues of migration and climate change so they can proceed with formal talks on forming a new coalition government. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and sister Bavarian-only Christian Social Union is meeting with the pro-business Free Democrats ...]

Adidas 'would have problem' with FIFA if it has broken law: Bild am Sonntag

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Adidas, a long-standing sponsor of FIFA, "would have a problem" with the global soccer body if it was found to have broken the law by a U.S. investigation into bribery, the company's chief executive told a German paper.


Merkel to make one last push to form coalition government in Germany, failure means fresh elections

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November 19, 2017 7:58 PM
BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a last push on Sunday (Nov 19) to forge a coalition government, in a twin battle to save her political future and avert fresh elections that could destabilise Germany and Europe.


Merkel’s nightmare: Germany braced for snap election as parties have ONE DAY to reach deal

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ANGELA Merkel has one day to save her leadership, as she enters the final round of of make-or-break talks to form a new coalition government.


Controversial First Game In German League For China's Under-20 Team

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China’s under-20 side played its first game in German soccer’s fourth tier at the weekend. The experiment in Germany is aimed at helping China succeed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but such top-down efforts won’t bring long-term gains to Chinese soccer.

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Germany's Merkel in final push for coalition to avert crisis

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November 19, 2017 11:13 AM
BERLIN (AFP) - Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a last push on Sunday (Nov 19) to forge a government, in a twin battle to save her political future and avert fresh elections that could destabilise Germany and Europe.


Electric cars not ready for mass production yet: Toyota chairman to Spiegel

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Battery-powered cars are not ready for mass production yet, the chairman of Japan's Toyota Motor Corp told a German magazine, adding that he did not see U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla as a role model. "Battery-powered cars with a long range are very expensive and it takes a long time to charge them," Takeshi Uchiyamada was quoted as saying by Der Spiegel. "Such cars do not fit in our program." Toyota in September established a venture to develop electric vehicle technology with partner Mazda Motor Corp, seeking to catch up with rivals in an increasingly frenetic race to produce more battery-powered cars.

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