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Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel are standing in front of the church of St. Peter and Paul for a group photo before an ecumenical service, Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct.3, 2020. Potsdam, as the capital of Brandenburg, will host this year's central celebrations of the Day of German Unity. (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)

'Best Germany yet' marks 30th anniversary of reunification

Oct. 3, 2020 8:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany marked the 30th anniversary of its reunification on Saturday, drawing a generally positive picture of the progress made in knitting together east and west. The country's president declared that today's is “the best Germany there has ever been” and proposed a new memorial...

In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 photo Gunnar Dedio, German film producer and managing director of PROGRESS Film GmbH poses for a photo between rolls of film in the archive of PROGRESS Film, in Leipzig, Germany. A new project is underway to digitize thousands of East German newsreels, documentaries and feature films 30 years after Germany’s reunification. The movies that are being scanned, transcribed and posted online provide a look inside a country that no longer exists but was a critical part of the Cold War. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

History on screen: East Germany through its filmmakers' eyes

Oct. 3, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — As John F. Kennedy peered over the Berlin Wall into communist East Germany in 1963, red curtains blocked the U.S. president's view through the Brandenburg Gate and a banner perched in front of it accused the United States of breaking an international agreement “to prevent the rebirth...

FILE - In this July 9, 1960, file photo, the U.S. Navy nuclear powered attack submarine USS Thresher is launched bow-first at the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine. The Navy is releasing documents from the investigation into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history. A judge ordered the release of the documents that pertain to the sinking of the USS Thresher 57 years ago, and the first batch was made public on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

Navy releases documents from Cold War loss of submarine

Sep. 23, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Navy began releasing documents from the investigation into the deadliest submarine disaster in U.S. history on Wednesday, but the Navy said the documents released under a court order don’t shed any new light on the cause of the sinking. The first of the documents released...

U.S President Donald Trump is seen on a video screen remotely addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at U.N. headquarters. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

World powers clash, virus stirs anger at virtual UN meeting

Sep. 22, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Kept apart by a devastating pandemic and dispersed across the globe, world leaders convened electronically Tuesday for an unprecedented high-level meeting, where the U.N. chief exhorted them to unite and tackle the era’s towering problems: the coronavirus, the “economic...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 20, 2000 file photo, two Russian soldiers make a routine check of metal containers with toxic agents at a chemical weapons storage site in the town of Gorny, 124 miles (200 kms) south of the Volga River city of Saratov, Russia. Novichok, a deadly nerve agent that has left Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in a coma and nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in 2018, was the product of a highly secretive Soviet chemical weapons program. Just a few milligrams of the odorless liquid — the weight of a snowflake — are enough to kill a person within minutes.  (AP Photo, File)

AP Explains: Novichok that sickened Navalny a Cold War relic

Sep. 3, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Novichok, a deadly nerve agent that has left Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in a coma and nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in 2018, was the product of a highly secretive Soviet chemical weapons program. Here is a look at the agent and the history of its...