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German Jewish group applauds museum director's resignation

Jun. 15, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Central Council of Jews is welcoming the resignation of the director of Berlin's Jewish Museum amid accusations he promoted views critical of Israel. Council President Andreas Schuster told dpa news agency Saturday Peter Schaefer's resignation was appropriate, especially at a time...

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....

Director of Berlin's Jewish Museum quits following criticism

Jun. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The director of Berlin's Jewish Museum is stepping down following strong criticism of the museum's leadership by Germany's Jewish community. A statement Friday said director Peter Schaefer was resigning to prevent further damage to the museum. There was no immediate word on a long-term...

Correction: Bitcoin-Carbon Footprint story

Jun. 14, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In a story June 13 about the carbon footprint of bitcoin, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the electricity required for a bitcoin transaction results in hundreds of times as much CO2 emitted as a credit card payment. It is hundreds of thousands of times as much. A corrected...

Gynecologists in Germany fined for abortion advertising

Jun. 14, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has fined two gynecologists for violating a ban on advertising abortions, the first such case to be tried since the rules were loosened earlier this year. The Berlin district court on Friday fined the two women 2,000 euros ($2,250) each because their practice's website offered...

Merkel to face angry tenants as Germany debates rent caps

Jun. 14, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing tenants angry over rising rents in a country where home ownership is traditionally low. Merkel is speaking Friday at a meeting in Cologne of the German Tenants Association. Its head, Franz-Georg Rips, recently called for urgent measures to make...

Ships operating in Gulf region urged to take extreme caution

Jun. 13, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Governments and maritime agencies urged an abundance of caution Thursday for ships operating in the Persian Gulf region after two oil tankers were damaged in suspected attacks near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Though details of the suspected attack on the ships in the Gulf of Oman of the...

About 20 people injured in thunderstorms in eastern Germany

Jun. 13, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — About 20 people have been injured in eastern Germany by gusty winds and thunderstorms while there were reports of lightning hitting a man in Denmark and causing the death of five horses in Sweden. German news agency dpa reported Thursday eight people were injured Wednesday night at an outdoor...

The Latest: Japanese leader seeks to cool US-Iran tensions

Jun. 12, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 12:25 a.m. The leader of Japan is visiting Iran to warn that an "accidental conflict" could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Prime Minister...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...