Journalist feared missing in Egypt
BERLIN. The German government has called on Egypt to help find a German journalist who has disappeared – feared kidnapped – in Cairo after receiving death threats from Islamic extremists.
Hamed Abdel-Samad’s brother told Egyptian news site youm7 he feared the writer had been kidnapped after he disappeared from near the Al-Azhar park in Cairo on Sunday afternoon.
The German Foreign Ministry has set up a crisis team to try to find Abdel-Samed, who writes for politics magazine Cicero and wrote a book in 2009 about Islam called Mein Abschied vom Himmel (My Farewell from Heaven).
Ministry spokesman Martin Schäfer said the German embassy in Cairo had no confirmation that Abdel-Samad had been kidnapped, but did confirm he had spoken with embassy staff about his personal safety while in Egypt.
The 41-year-old received death threats after publicly criticising the Muslim Brotherhood.
German universities are breaking ethics rules by taking millions of euros from the US military for research projects into munitions, environmentally-friendly explosives and drone software, critics claim.
At least 22 universities and research institutes have confirmed accepting more than €10million in Pentagon research grants since 2000, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said on Monday.
Its research, conducted with broadcaster NDR, revealed that although there were some cases of US Defence Ministry money being used for basic research, other projects were clearly military.
It is this that critics say is impossible to square with academic ethics. “Research for war is not ethically responsible,” said Reiner Braun from the Federation of Germany Scientists.
Bavarian has been voted the sexiest of all German accents, but largely because they like the sound of their own voice, a poll has revealed.
The survey showed two-thirds of Germans find regional dialects sexy.
According to the survey by dating site FriendScout24, speaking a regional dialect is no bad thing – in fact most Germans find it attractive.