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German prosecutors seek 5 years for alleged ex-Nazi guard

May. 17, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors on Tuesday sought a five-year prison sentence for a 101-year-old man who is on trial for his alleged role as a Nazi SS guard at a concentration camp during World War II. The defendant is charged with 3,518 counts of being an accessory to murder at...

Finland, Sweden inch closer to seeking NATO membership

May. 15, 2022 14:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Finland's government declared a “new era” is underway as it inches closer to seeking NATO membership, hours before Sweden's governing party on Sunday backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia's war in Ukraine. Russia has long bristled about...

G7 seeks more ways to help Ukraine, unblock grain supplies

May. 12, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

WEISSENHAUS, Germany (AP) — Top diplomats from the Group of Seven wealthy nations gathered Thursday in northern Germany for a three-day meeting centered on Russia's war against Ukraine and the wider impact it is having around the world, particularly on food and energy prices. ...

Today in History: May 12, Soviets lift Berlin Blockade

May. 12, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2022. There are 233 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 12, 1949, the Soviet Union lifted the Berlin Blockade, which the Western powers had succeeded in...

German airline apologizes for excluding Jewish passengers

May. 11, 2022 13:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa has apologized for refusing to let any members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers onto a flight after some of them had refused to wear masks. In a statement late Tuesday, Lufthansa said that it “regrets the circumstances...

EU commission proposes plan to fight child pornography

May. 11, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm on Wednesday unveiled a plan to require online platforms to detect and report the sharing of child sex abuse images on the internet, which quickly triggered privacy concerns. The regulation, which needs to be endorsed by member...

Germany reopens embassy in Kyiv, supports war crimes probes

May. 10, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

KYIV (AP) — German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Tuesday reopened her country's embassy in Kyiv that was closed more than two months ago following the Russian invasion. Baerbock, the first German Cabinet member to visit Ukraine since the start of the war, also pledged that...

Germany saw more politically motivated crimes in 2021

May. 10, 2022 05:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The number of politically motivated crimes reported in Germany rose 23% last year compared to the year before, Germany's top security official said Tuesday. The increase included a sharp rise in crimes that could not be assigned to the traditional categories of crimes...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 09, 2022 23:27 PM EDT

One of the Ukrainian fighters holding out in the Mariupol steelworks said Monday they were still defending the city. Valeri Paditel, who heads the border guards in the Donetsk region, said the fighters were “doing everything to make those who defend the city in the future proud.”...

Macron proposes new political union for non-EU countries

May. 09, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — France’s president warned Monday that decades could pass before Ukraine joins the European Union, and proposed a new political organization to bring together countries on the continent that share EU values but are not part of the bloc. During a speech marking...