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Germany's Merkel doesn't see G-20 resolving global conflicts

Jun. 26, 2019 9:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is downplaying suggestions that the Group of 20 global powers, whose leaders meet in Japan later this week, could play a major role in resolving conflicts such as the standoff between Iran and the U.S. Merkel said as she answered lawmakers' questions in the...

Germany: Suspect in politician's slaying says he acted alone

Jun. 26, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right extremist suspected in the killing of a politician from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has told authorities that he acted alone, but investigators are still probing whether anyone else was involved, Germany's top prosecutor said Wednesday. Walter Luebcke, who led the...

Europeans cool on Iran coalition talk, seek de-escalation

Jun. 24, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — European officials on Monday appeared cool toward U.S. talk of building a global coalition against Iran, with the German foreign minister warning that "maximum pressure" without diplomacy increases the risks of a war and several others stressing that their priority is to de-escalate tensions...

1 pilot dies, 1 survives after German fighter jets collide

Jun. 24, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German air force pilot was killed Monday after his fighter jet collided with another during a training mission in northeastern Germany, the country's defense minister said. The pilot of the other Eurofighter Typhoon jet was able to eject safely and survived. Defense Minister Ursula von der...

Germany: Merkel partners set ballot on new leader this fall

Jun. 24, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left coalition partner on Monday decided to ballot its 440,000 members this fall on who the party's new leader or leaders will be, a decision that may determine how much longer the current government lasts. The Social Democrats, who have provided three...

Germany's Merkel urges crackdown on far-right extremists

Jun. 22, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said the German government is "very, very serious" about fighting far-right extremism that presents "a big challenge for all of us" after a man with anti-migrant views allegedly killed a regional official from Merkel's party. Far-right extremists "need to be fought...

The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike Iran

Jun. 22, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on The United States and Iran's tensions over the shoot-down of a massive U.S. drone (all times local): 8:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he abruptly called off the military strikes on Iran Thursday because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been out of proportion...

Thousands call for climate action, target German coal mine

Jun. 21, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

AACHEN, Germany (AP) — Thousands of students from across Europe protested Friday near a coal mine in western Germany, urging governments to take bolder action against climate change. Organizers said up to 20,000 protesters from 16 countries took part in the rally in Aachen, near Germany's border with...

EU fails to reach top jobs deal, will try again June 30

Jun. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed to reach a deal early Friday on candidates for a full slate of the bloc's top jobs and announced a special summit for June 30 to try and break the deadlock. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the issue was still far too complicated to reconcile...

The Latest: Juncker: filling Europe's top jobs won't be easy

Jun. 20, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU summit on the candidates for the bloc's top jobs (all times local): 2:20 a.m. European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will have to wait at least one more week before he finds out about his successor at the helm of Europe's executive arm. Although he is...