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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 file photo, a man wearing a face mask walks past the Corona Center in Duisburg, Germany. The former Musical theater has been turned into a COVID-19 test and vaccination center. Thousands of elderly Germans faced online error messages and jammed up hotlines Monday as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the country's most populous state. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Chaos mars over-80s vaccine start in major German state

Jan. 25, 2021 10:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of elderly Germans faced online error messages and jammed up hotlines Monday as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the country's most populous state. North Rhine-Westphalia, whose population of almost 18 million is bigger than...

Shell buys European electric car charging firm ubitricity

Jan. 25, 2021 9:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Oil and gas giant Shell is buying ubitricity, a major provider of electric vehicle charging points in Europe. Shell said Monday that it would buy a 100% stake in the Berlin-based startup, without disclosing the price. “The move represents a further step in Shell’s efforts to...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2012 file photo, people wave flags in Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of the popular uprising that led to the quick ouster of autocrat President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo, Egypt. A decade later, thousands are estimated to have fled abroad to escape a state, headed by President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, that is even more oppressive. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Arab Spring exiles look back 10 years after Egypt uprising

Jan. 24, 2021 4:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Egyptians who took to the streets on Jan. 25, 2011, knew what they were doing. They knew they risked arrest and worse. But as their numbers swelled in Cairo's central Tahrir Square, they tasted success. Police forces backed off, and within days, former President Hosni Mubarak agreed to...

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo, a man with a face mask watches empty chairs with names of bars and restaurants on the Roemerberg square in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 50,000 people have died after contracting COVID-19 in Germany, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks as the country has struggled to bring down infection figures. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

German virus death toll tops 50,000 even as infections sink

Jan. 22, 2021 6:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in Germany has passed 50,000, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally declining. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another 859 deaths were reported over...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2021, file photo, Alexei Navalny is surrounded by journalists inside the plane prior to his flight to Moscow in the Airport Berlin Brandenburg (BER) in Schoenefeld, near Berlin, Germany. The return of Navalny from Germany after he spent five months in Berlin recovering from a nerve agent poisoning was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight carried him and his wife, along with a group of journalists documenting the journey. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov, File)

EXPLAINER: Why Navalny is a thorn in the Kremlin's side

Jan. 22, 2021 2:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The return to Russia from Germany by opposition leader Alexei Navalny was marked by chaos and popular outrage, and it ended, almost predictably, with his arrest. The Jan. 17 flight from Berlin, where Navalny spent nearly five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning, carried him and his...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 20, 2021 3:11 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 20 The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on the inauguration of President Joe Biden marking ‘a new day in America': Though it was hardly peaceful, it was a transition — an essential transition after four years of tumult capped by an...

Man detained for throwing snowballs at Berlin US consulate

Jan. 20, 2021 4:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A 26-year-old was detained in Berlin — twice — after throwing snowballs and other projectiles at the American consulate and scuffling with security personnel while yelling slogans against outgoing President Donald Trump, police said Wednesday. The man, an Afghan citizen who...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel puts on a face mask after a news conference on further coronavirus measures, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP)

Germany to extend virus shutdown until mid-February

Jan. 19, 2021 5:25 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that Germany is extending its pandemic restrictions, including the closure of schools and stores, until mid-February amid concerns that new mutations of the coronavirus could trigger a fresh surge in cases. Germany's infection rate has stabilized in...

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, right, is escorted hand-cuffed after a court hearing in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A judge has ordered Alexei Navalny to be held in custody for 30 days, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter. The ruling Monday concluded an hours-long court hearing set up at a police precinct where the politician has been held since his arrest at a Moscow airport Sunday. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Kremlin brushes aside Western calls to release Navalny

Jan. 19, 2021 3:08 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin on Tuesday brushed aside calls from the West to release opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was arrested upon his return to Russia from Germany following treatment for poisoning with a nerve agent. Moscow called his case “an absolutely internal matter.” Navalny...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...