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FILE -- A medical staff takes a sample for a voluntary coronavirus disease test (COVID-19) at the new corona test station at the 'Hochfelln' service station on the A8 motorway between Salzburg and Munich near Bergen, Germany, Thursday, July 30, 2020. German authorities worked through the night to clear a backlog of coronavirus tests from travelers after it emerged 900 people who were positive for COVID-19 had yet to be informed. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader file)

Coronavirus positive? Thousands in Germany left wondering

Aug. 13, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of travelers who were tested for the coronavirus upon entering Germany in the last two weeks waited Thursday to learn whether they were infected as Bavaria state officials acknowledged that many recipients had yet to be notified, including hundreds with positive results....

In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese president Michel Aoun, right, meets with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Maas said that Lebanon needs a

FM says Germany ready to help Lebanon but reforms necessary

Aug. 12, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Germany stands ready to help Lebanon with reconstruction and further investment after last week's massive explosion, but any support will be linked to economic reforms and an end to pervasive corruption in Lebanon, Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday. Heiko Maas spoke after a tour of...

Pupil Moritz is on his way to the first day at his new school in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Students in North Rhine-Westphalia will have to wear face masks at all times due to the coronavirus pandemic as they return to school this Wednesday. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Concerns grow over rising COVID-19 infections in Germany

Aug. 12, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s government urged citizens Wednesday to keep their guard up and stick to public health guidelines, as new COVID-19 infections hit a three-month high and schools reopened in the country's most populous state. Germany's response so far has widely been seen as successful in...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a ceremony at the General Patton memorial in Pilsen near Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Czech Republic at the start of a four-nation tour of Europe. Slovenia, Austria and Poland are the other stations of the trip. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, Pool)

In Europe, Pompeo warns of China, Russia authoritarianism

Aug. 11, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PILSEN, Czech Republic (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Tuesday of a rise in authoritarianism led by Russia, China and Iran that threatens freedoms around the world. Opening a four-nation tour of eastern and central Europe in the Czech Republic, Pompeo paid tribute to American forces...

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, attend a joint news conference following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Russia, Germany emphasize shared interest despite frictions

Aug. 11, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Germany's top diplomat emphasized Russia's global role while in Moscow for wide-ranging talks Tuesday but also the irritants that have strained relations between the two countries. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas described Russia as an essential partner in resolving “the many...

Police use truncheons on protesters during a mass protest following presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Thousands of people have protested in Belarus for a second straight night after official results from weekend elections gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, extending his 26-year rule. A heavy police contingent blocked central squares and avenues, moving quickly to disperse protesters and detained dozens. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

Aug. 11, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President...

Women wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus walks by an advertising board displaying an American flag and Statue of Liberty on a street in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. China's biggest recent outbreak of coronavirus has grown slightly. Hundreds people have developed COVID-19 in the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, with more than dozens of new cases reported Thursday in its capital and largest city, Urumqi. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 20 million

Aug. 10, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the world has reached 20 million. That’s according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. Health officials believe the actual number is much higher, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all those who...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right, and his counterpart from South Korea Kang Kyung-wha have put face masks on after a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)

Germany's Maas confronts Pompeo over pipeline threat

Aug. 10, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday he has personally told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of his “dismay” over a warning by three Republican senators who threatened sanctions against a German port operator for its part in a pipeline project with Russia. The U.S....

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz attends a news conference in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Olaf Scholz announces that he will run for the for the Social Democratic Party as chancellor candidate at next year's general elections in Germany.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

German finance minister to lead center left into 2021 vote

Aug. 10, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party named Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Monday as its candidate to become chancellor in the country's national election next year. Scholz, 62, who is considered to be on the right of the Social Democrats, has won widespread praise for his handling...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...