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Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge

Apr. 13, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced on Tuesday that he is expanding the U.S. military presence in Germany by 500 troops and has stopped planning for large-scale troop cuts ordered by the Trump administration. Adding 500 troops to a current total of...

Merkel stays out of battle over who runs for German leader

Apr. 13, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she will stay out of a battle in her center-right bloc over who should be its candidate to succeed her, while the two rival contenders prepared to take their case to lawmakers. Armin Laschet, leader of Merkel's...

Putin foe Navalny says he sues prison for withholding Quran

Apr. 13, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday he was suing his prison for withholding the Quran, which he intended to study while serving time outside Moscow. Navalny has been on a hunger strike for two weeks, protesting prison...

German government seeks more powers to set pandemic rules

Apr. 13, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday her government wants clear rules that include nighttime curfews imposed in all regions with high numbers of COVID-19 infections, ending the patchwork of measures that have characterized the pandemic response across Germany's 16 states. ...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 13, 2021 07:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a cornerstone of...

Trial starts of German far-right group that planned attacks

Apr. 13, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Twelve Germans went on trial Tuesday accused of being part of or supporting a far-right group that plotted to carry out deadly attacks on Muslims with the aim of stoking civil unrest and overthrowing the government. Members of the so-called “Group S”...

Volkswagen reaches wage deal with German workers

Apr. 13, 2021 05:12 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen and Germany’s largest industrial union have agreed on a 23-month wage deal that provides a 1,000 euro bonus recognizing employee efforts during the coronavirus pandemic and a 2.3% wage increase from January 2022. The deal covers...

Pentagon chief orders review of deadly 2020 attack in Kenya

Apr. 12, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday ordered an Army review of an investigation into a January 2020 militant assault on the Manda Bay military base in Kenya that killed three Americans and wounded three others. In a written statement announcing...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 12, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a...

Ukraine's leader requests a talk with Putin, gets no answer

Apr. 12, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's leader has asked for a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the Russian troop buildup across his country's border and the escalating tensions in eastern Ukraine, but the request has not been answered so far, his spokeswoman said Monday. ...