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Germans outraged as U.S. plays Nazi-era version of their anthem

German flagGerman tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany's national anthem during a Federation Cup tie in Hawaii.

The version played included the first stanza, beginning "Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles," which was used as Nazi propaganda. It was dropped after World War Two.

"I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I've never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup," Germany's Andrea Petkovic was reported as saying, adding that she considered walking off court before the singles match against Alison Riske.

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Hamburg airport evacuated after toxin sickens dozens

Hamburg Airport toxin sickens dozensAn airport in Hamburg, Germany, was evacuated after dozens were sickened by an unknown toxin Sunday afternoon.

German authorities believe the substance spread through the airport's air conditioning system and leaked into an area where passenger baggage is checked, a police spokeswoman said.

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Refugees cross to Canada to escape Donald Trump

Underground refugee railroad to CanadaFor five hours, Somalis Farhan Ahmed and Mohamed Mualim trekked through the barren and frigid snow-swept fields dividing North Dakota from the Canadian prairies. The snow was knee-deep and it was nearly -20 degrees Celsius.

Then, out of the darkness, a highway appeared. They had arrived in Canada. One of them pulled out their mobile phone to call 911.

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North Korea 'conducts missile test'

N Korea launches missileNorth Korea has fired an unidentified type of projectile, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports.

The missile was launched at 07:55 local time (22:55 GMT Saturday) and flew east towards the Sea of Japan, South Korean defence officials say. Initial reports had described it as ballistic missile.

Pyongyang has conducted a number of nuclear tests in the past year.

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U.S. expresses objection to Palestinian as U.N. envoy to Libya

Salaam FayyadThe United States has objected to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' choice of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad as the body's new representative to Libya.

It was unclear whether the objection, expressed in a statement late on Friday by Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Haley, had ended Fayyad’s candidacy.

The U.S. objection drew Palestinian condemnation.

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Russia considers giving Edward Snowden as 'gift' to President Trump, report says

Russia mulling Snowden gov'tFrom Russia with love?

Russia is considering sending surveillance leaker Edward Snowden back to the United States as a “gift” to President Trump, according to a report.

Snowden fled his job as an NSA contractor in 2013, when he leaked a trove of documents to journalists that exposed widespread surveillance on ordinary Americans through the bulk collection of metadata.

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Donald Trump backs down over 'one China policy' in call with Xi Jinping

Trump and XiDonald Trump has backed down over his confrontational stance towards Beijing, committing to the ‘One China policy’ in his first phone call with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, since taking office.

In a move that is certain to ease tensions between the United States and China, the US president “agreed, at the request of President Xi, to honour our ‘one China’ policy,” the White House said in a statement.

The “lengthy telephone conversation” on Thursday evening was “extremely cordial” and the two leaders “extended invitations to meet in their respective countries,” the statement added.

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