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Germany spent over $1B to cover costs linked to US troops

Jul. 6, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has paid more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover costs related to the stationing of U.S. troops in Germany, according to the finance ministry in Berlin. The ministry provided the figures in reply to a query from opposition Left Party lawmaker Brigitte...

A general view of the scene where a man was shot dead on Saturday, in Gerasdorf, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Police in Austria say they have detained a 47-year-old Russian man after a 43-year-old compatriot was shot dead near Vienna late Saturday. Austrian media report the killing is being investigated as a possible political assassination. Austrian news agency APA reported the victim was an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Russian man killed in Austria had declined police protection

Jul. 6, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Russian man shot dead near Vienna over the weekend had declined police protection before the killing, Austrian police said Monday. Austrian media have reported that the killing of the 43-year-old, an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for more than a decade, is being considered as a...

A general view of the scene where a man was shot dead on Saturday, in Gerasdorf, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Police in Austria say they have detained a 47-year-old Russian man after a 43-year-old compatriot was shot dead near Vienna late Saturday. Austrian media report the killing is being investigated as a possible political assassination. Austrian news agency APA reported the victim was an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Russian shot dead in Austria, police probe political motive

Jul. 5, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Austria say they have detained a Russian man after one of his compatriots was shot dead near Vienna late Saturday in what Austrian media report is being considered a possible political assassination. Austrian news agency APA reported that the 43-year-old victim was an ethnic Chechen...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask as she arrives for a meeting of the upper house of the German legislative in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany's Merkel pictured wearing mask in public

Jul. 3, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has started making official appearances wearing a mask, after being called out for never having being pictured wearing one despite it being part of the government’s official guidance in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Merkel appeared in...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, then UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame speaks during the Mediterranean Dialogues conference in Rome. Salame, a former U.N. envoy to Libya accused the Security Council of “hypocrisy” and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country in a podcast interview aired Tuesday, July 2, 2020. Salame said the majority of the U.N. Security Council supported the military offensive launched last year by Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter to capture the capital, Tripoli, from the internationally recognized government. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

Former Libya envoy accuses Security Council of 'hypocrisy'

Jul. 2, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A former U.N. envoy to Libya has accused the Security Council of “hypocrisy” and of undermining his efforts to bring peace to the war-torn North African country. In a podcast interview aired Tuesday, Ghassan Salame said the majority of the U.N. Security Council supported the...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas greet each other by using their elbows before a meeting, in Berlin, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (Cam Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey demands French apology over Med naval incident

Jul. 2, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday demanded an apology from France over its depiction of a standoff between ships from the two countries in the Mediterranean Sea that prompted Paris to suspend its involvement in a NATO naval operation. France says its frigate Courbet was “lit...

Activists of Greepeace have covered the headquarters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cristian Democratic Party (CDU) with black panels to protest against the party's coal policy in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Activists protest German coal plans at Merkel party HQ

Jul. 1, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Environmental activists scaled the headquarters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party and covered the building in black drapes Wednesday to protest parts of the government's plan to close coal-fired power stations. Greenpeace activists climbed onto the roof of the center-right Christian...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 19, 2020 after video meeting with the members of the European Council. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Germany takes EU hot seat with big challenges, expectations

Jun. 30, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the European Union’s biggest economic power, is taking over the rotating presidency of the 27-nation bloc amid massive challenges and huge expectations as the continent grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Berlin's six months in the EU hot seat will likely...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, left, talk during a bilateral meeting at the German government's guest house Meseberg Castle in Gransee near Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 29 2020. The meeting takes place ahead of Germany's EU Council Presidency in the second half of 2020. (Hayoung Jeon, Pool via AP)

France, Germany push for rapid EU recovery plan agreement

Jun. 29, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and France said Monday they will use their influence as European Union powerhouses to help negotiate a rapid agreement on a coronavirus recovery package for the 27-nation bloc that leaves no country behind. In their first face-to-face meeting since the start of the...