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Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Biden actions

Apr. 16, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Friday responded to a barrage of new U.S. sanctions by saying it would expel 10 U.S. diplomats and take other retaliatory moves in a tense showdown with Washington. The Russian Foreign Ministry also published a list of eight current or former...

France, Germany, Ukraine call for Russian troops withdrawal

Apr. 16, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of France and Germany are demanding the withdrawal of Russian troop reinforcements recently deployed at the border with Ukraine, the German chancellor's office said Friday after the two heads of state held security talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy....

China calls for closer cooperation on climate change

Apr. 16, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping called Friday for closer cooperation on combating global change as he held a video meeting with the leaders of Germany and France, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and...

German's IDT to make 10M AstraZeneca vaccine doses in 2021

Apr. 16, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German vaccine-maker IDT Biologika said Friday it plans to bottle this year some 10 million doses of the coronavirus shot developed by AstraZeneca. IDT Biologika and AstraZeneca previously announced they would expand production capacity for the...

Germany's Merkel urges lawmakers to support pandemic bill

Apr. 16, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged parliament Friday to pass a bill that would mandate a nationwide “emergency brake” when the spread of the coronavirus becomes too rapid, saying that it was needed to prevent the health care system from becoming overwhelmed. ...

Polls support Bavarian governor to run for German chancellor

Apr. 16, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — New polls Friday bolstered Bavarian Governor Markus Soeder's bid to be the candidate of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc in fall elections, showing a wide margin of popular support for him over Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia. ...

Protests after Germany's top court nixes Berlin rent cap

Apr. 15, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of Berliners took to the streets, many banging pots and pans, to protest a ruling Thursday by Germany's highest court that a cap on rent prices implemented last year by Berlin's state government is unconstitutional and void. ...

Ukraine seeks stronger Western backing amid Russian buildup

Apr. 15, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top diplomat asked Thursday for stronger Western backing, saying “words of support aren't enough” amid escalating tensions in the country’s east and a Russian troop buildup across the border. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba,...

Germany sees record vaccinations amid hospital warning

Apr. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials said Thursday that the country has set a new record for the number of COVID-19 vaccinations in a single day, even as authorities warned that hospitals are seeing a “dramatic” rise in the number of coronavirus patients needing treatment. ...

Merkel stays out of battle over who runs for German leader

Apr. 13, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she will stay out of a battle in her center-right bloc over who should be its candidate to succeed her, while the two rival contenders prepared to take their case to lawmakers. Armin Laschet, leader of Merkel's...