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German Greens won't back aspiring EU head who woos far right

Apr. 25, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading candidate for Germany's left-leaning Greens said Thursday that his party won't back any candidate for president of the European Union's executive branch who relies on support from the far right. Populist and far-right parties critical of the EU are expected to make gains in European...

The Latest: Granted asylum requests dropped in EU in 2018

Apr. 25, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The European Union's statistics agency says more than 300,000 people were granted asylum within the bloc last year, a drop of almost 40 percent from 2017. Eurostat said Thursday that around 333,400 people were...

EU slams Russia citizenship move as new attack on Ukraine

Apr. 25, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union hit out Thursday against Russia's move to fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, slamming it as an attack on Ukraine's sovereignty that would undermine an already-fragile peace agreement. Russian President Vladimir...

Major German banks scrap merger talks over fear of costs

Apr. 25, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank said Thursday they were halting talks on a possible merger that aimed to create a stronger global banking player, saying it would be too risky and costly. Deutsche Bank CEO Christian Sewing said in a statement that that the combination...

Study finds Germans increasingly hostile to asylum-seekers

Apr. 25, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A study has found that Germans are increasingly hostile toward asylum-seekers, whereas prejudices toward other minorities such as homeless or gay people have declined. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said Thursday that 54.1% of respondents expressed negative...

Today in History

Apr. 25, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, April 25, the 115th day of 2019. There are 250 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 25, 1507, a world map produced by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term "America," in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo...

2 firms first to export LatAm medicinal marijuana to Europe

Apr. 24, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Two companies from Uruguay and Colombia will become the first in Latin America to export medical marijuana products to Europe under deals announced Wednesday. Fotmer Life Sciences of Uruguay and Clever Leaves of Colombia will export cannabis extract and dried marijuana flowers to...

Minnesota signs German forward Isaiah Ihnen

Apr. 24, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has signed Isaiah Ihnen, a 6-foot-9 forward from Germany, to a national letter of intent. The Gophers on Wednesday announced the addition of Ihnen to their 2019 recruiting class, joining guard Tre' Williams and center Sam Freeman. Guards Marcus Carr and Payton Willis, both...

Germany: Dry weather raises fears of forest fires, drought

Apr. 24, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Meteorologists in Germany say rain forecast for the next few days is unlikely to provide much relief to parched fields and forests, raising fears of a repeat of last year's drought and serious wildfires. Udo Busch of the German meteorological agency DWD said if dry conditions prevail, the...

US WWII bomb detonated in Germany, causing widespread damage

Apr. 24, 2019 11:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The controlled detonation of an American World War II bomb in the southern German city of Regensburg has still caused widespread damage to nearby houses. Some 4,500 residents had to be evacuated from the area before experts performed the detonation. A spokeswoman for the Bavarian city, Dagmar...