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German government agrees $60 billion climate policy package

Sep. 20, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Under pressure from environmental protests and a surge in support for the opposition Green party, the German government agreed Friday on a 54 billion euro ($60 billion) package of measures for tackling climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the deal agreed by the country's...

Young people lead global climate change protests

Sep. 20, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In Canberra and Kabul, Cape Town and Berlin, and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit. Many were children who skipped school to take part in the second "Global Climate Strike,"...

No small fry: German govt haggles over climate change policy

Sep. 19, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany's governing parties are meeting Thursday to thrash out the final details of a plan to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions, a day before protesters plan to descend on Berlin demanding climate action. German media have reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel said...

Berlin police: In 3 months of e-scooters, 74 accidents

Sep. 17, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say in the three months since popular electric scooters have been allowed in the German capital, they've seen 74 accidents, 65 cases of drunken driving and 233 traffic violations. Police said Tuesday spot checks of scooter drivers in the evening hours show they are "frequently...

In leaderless Hong Kong movement, Joshua Wong just 1 voice

Sep. 16, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Overseas, Joshua Wong has emerged as a prominent face of Hong Kong's months-long protests for full democracy. At home, he is just another protester. The 22-year-old activist, who rose to fame as a leader of democracy protests five years ago, speaks to a U.S. congressional committee on...

The Latest: Trump says it's 'looking like' Iran is to blame

Sep. 16, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 3:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says it's "looking like" Iran was responsible for the attacks on key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, but he says he...

Berlin celebrates postwar visitor program for expelled Jews

Sep. 15, 2019 3:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin was the last place Helga Melmed had expected to see again. She was 14 when the Nazis forced her and her family onto a train from their home in the German capital to the Jewish ghetto in Lodz, Poland, in 1941. That started a gruesome odyssey that later saw her imprisoned at Auschwitz...

Hungarian writer and dissident Gyorgy Konrad dies at 86

Sep. 13, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Gyorgy Konrad, a writer and sociologist who was an iconic figure of Hungary's dissident movement while the country was under communist rule, died Friday at his home in Budapest. He was 86. Konrad's family said he had been gravely ill, but gave no specifics. Known internationally...

Berlin panda babies thriving _ and cute _ at 2 weeks old

Sep. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's zoo says giant panda twins born two weeks ago are thriving and already showing signs of how they'll look once they mature, with black ears and black rings around their tiny eyes. The two looked somewhat like bubblegum covered in lint after their Aug. 31 birth, but "from the gradual...

German police conduct human trafficking raids, detain 9

Sep. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say police in Berlin and four German states have raided 33 sites in connection with human trafficking and detained nine Vietnamese citizens. Berlin prosecutors said Thursday the raids targeted suspects who allegedly arranged fake marriages and false acknowledgements of paternity...