No journalists are arrested in Germany - Chancellor Merkel to Turkish foreign ministry

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A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the couple, who are of Turkish origin, were detained Sunday in Istanbul.

Germany would lend its weight to a diplomatic push to end North Korean nuclear weapons and missile development along the lines of a past deal with Iran, Chancellor Angela Merkel said today.

Before yesterday's news of additional arrests, 10 Germans were in detention in Turkey, including German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who has been held for more than 200 days. Berlin has called into question Turkish rule of law, freedom of speech, and human rights standards in Germany.

Tensions between Berlin and Ankara have been bubbling for months and Turkey's warning on Saturday came after Germany's foreign ministry said on Tuesday Germans travelling to Turkey risked arbitrary detention even in tourist areas.

She spoke out against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, saying Germany should not allow Turkey to join the European Union. The Chancellor believes that the issue of Crimea cannot "freeze".

It also cited fires of "undetermined causes" in immigrant neighborhoods in Germany as well as alleged ill-treatment of Turkish citizens at German airports as a basis for its warning.

German officials blocked rallies connected to Turkey's referendum campaign to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"It is, as a result, strongly advised not to make public political statements against the Turkish government or express sympathy with labelled terrorist organizations", the statement read.

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