The German government will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State militants in the north of the country, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday. "The German government has not reached a decision yet today but I believe that a decision should be made on Sunday on concretely what should be supplied," said the German minister.
Germany has drafted legislation to help prevent a repeat of a racist murder spree by a neo-Nazi cell in 2011, giving a bigger role to federal prosecutors and allowing courts to focus more on xenophobic motives. The killings shocked Germany after going undetected for more than a decade and coming to light only by chance in late 2011. The draft law, approved by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday, will implement recommendations made by a parliamentary panel after the murders of eight Turks, a Greek and a policewoman in Germany between 2000 and 2007. "Overall it will become easier to justify the responsibility of the federal prosecutor," the government said in a statement.
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NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Wednesday filed suit against the federal government, arguing that it has coerced states into adopting Common Core education standards. The move by the Republican governor comes amid a backlash against the multistate standards that aim to boost critical-thinking skills and apply consistency to a patchwork of state guidelines. (Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Eric Beech)
In this photo by Dar Yasin, a Muslim in Indian-ruled Kashmir is hugged by her relative before leaving on the hajj to Mecca. Governments of many countries help arrange travel for local Muslims making the journey, and daily flights from Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, to Saudi Arabia started Wednesday and continue until Sept. 12. More than 3 million Muslims worldwide make the pilgrimage each year, but recent reports say Saudi Arabia plans to restrict the number this year to about 1.3 million because of construction projects in the holy city.