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This combination image shows a file photo dated Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 of the Roemerberg square in Frankfurt, Germany, with the traditional Christmas market, top, and the Roemerberg square on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, below. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of institutions canceled or diminished because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

AP PHOTOS: Pandemic calls off Christmas markets in Europe

Nov. 29, 2020 2:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European plazas where people would usually gather at crowded stalls to partake in hot mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages and other delicacies are just empty squares. Christmas markets, a cherished tradition in Germany and neighboring countries, have joined the long list of annual...

This undated photo provided by the 'Senckenberg Institute' shows a 'Danish Mayfly'. The Danish Mayfly has been selected by a German entomological society as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but won’t have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs. (Wolfgang Kleinsteuber via AP)

Brief buzz: Danish Mayfly named 2021 insect of the year

Nov. 27, 2020 10:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Danish Mayfly was selected Friday by an international group of entomologists and others as the Insect of the Year for 2021, but it won't have long to celebrate its 15 minutes of fame. The insect, whose scientific name is Ephemera danica, only has a few days to fly, mate and lay new eggs....

File -- In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 file photo an employee of Binder, the world's largest manufacturer of serial-production environmental simulation chambers for scientific or industrial laboratories, checks an ultra low temperature freezer in Tuttlingen, Germany. Germany prepares for the vaccination of the German population during the upcoming month. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)

Keep cool: Germany preps vaccine drive as COVID cases hit 1M

Nov. 27, 2020 9:44 AM EST

TUTTLINGEN, Germany (AP) — Hulking gray boxes are rolling off the production line at a factory in the southern town of Tuttlingen, ready to be shipped to the front in the next phase of Germany's battle against the coronavirus as it became the latest country to hit the milestone of 1 million confirmed cases...

In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 photo the German Chancellery is illuminated in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors are expected Wednesday to extend a partial shutdown well into December, and discuss tightening some restrictions while allowing somewhat more generous rules for the Christmas period. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany extends partial shutdown to curb virus spread

Nov. 25, 2020 4:48 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country's 16 state governors on Wednesday agreed to extend a partial shutdown well into December in an effort to further reduce the rate of COVID-19 infections ahead of the Christmas period. Germany embarked on a so-called “wave-breaker”...

FILE - In this July 30, 2014 file photo US and German flags fly outside the Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Germany's top administrative court has ruled that the country's government can't be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig overturns a ruling last year that held the German government partly responsible for making sure that such military operations comply with international law. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool, File)

Court overturns ruling that Germany must press US on drones

Nov. 25, 2020 3:30 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top administrative court has ruled the country's government can't be forced to ensure that U.S. drone strikes controlled via an American military base on German territory are in line with international law. The decision Wednesday by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig...

A car stand in front of the chancellery after it crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellors Angela Merkel's offices in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Slogan reads 'stop the globalization policies'. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Man held for driving into gate outside Merkel offices, again

Nov. 25, 2020 9:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A car crashed into the front gate of the building housing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices on Wednesday morning, causing minor damage, authorities said. The driver, who authorities say had been involved in an almost identical incident six years ago, was detained. The Volkswagen...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, front right, arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkish complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors behaved correctly. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

German defense minister rejects Turkey complaint over search

Nov. 24, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors acted correctly. Sunday's incident prompted Turkey to summon diplomats...

Germany warns of anti-Semitism among lockdown protests

Nov. 24, 2020 11:07 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German government official warned Tuesday that anti-Semitism is emerging as a common position among people protesting pandemic lockdown measures who otherwise come from widely differing political backgrounds. Felix Klein, who was appointed in 2018 to head the government's efforts to combat...

Witnesses testify against Russian accused of Berlin killing

Nov. 24, 2020 8:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Berlin heard Tuesday how witnesses alerted police after seeing a man dump a wig, clothes and a bicycle in a river last year, allowing officers to swiftly arrest the suspect in an alleged Russia-ordered political assassination. Testimony by the two men is central to the trial of the...

Drone and logistic operator Peter Trempeck monitores the automatic landing of a drone with a case for medical stuff during a presentation for media, near the Labor Berlin laboratory in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Each drone can carry about 40 test samples, not only for Corona tests, that need to be examined in a laboratory. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Drones to the rescue: Berlin lab seeks quicker virus tests

Nov. 24, 2020 8:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German lab is hoping to cut the time it takes to send coronavirus tests across Berlin by using drones, thereby avoiding the capital's clogged roads. California-based company Matternet is currently testing drone deliveries between a hospital and Labor Berlin, one of the largest laboratories...