Germany faces calls for mobile phone disaster alerts after floods
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BERLIN - German authorities faced pressure on Tuesday to set aside longstanding privacy concerns and send mobile phone alerts directly to people in potential disaster zones following the devastation wrought by last week's catastrophic floods.