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Merkel: Ukraine vote gives leader Zelenskiy 'strong mandate'

Apr. 23, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel's office says the German chancellor has called Ukraine's president-elect to congratulate him, saying the vote gives him "a strong mandate." Merkel spoke Tuesday with Volodymyr Zelenskiy as election officials said the former TV comedian received 73% of the vote in Sunday's runoff...

Official in Austria quits over poem comparing migrants, rats

Apr. 23, 2019 6:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's vice chancellor said Tuesday that a member of his party will resign after penning a poem that compared migrants to rats, drawing widespread criticism and angering Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said Christian Schilcher will leave the...

German, US military police oversee boy's rescue from shaft

Apr. 22, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police say they have rescued a 17-month-old boy three hours after he fell into a three-meter (nearly 10-foot) shaft in western Germany. Rescue workers were called on Monday afternoon after the boy lifted a cover from the empty conduit while playing with his brother and fell inside the shaft....

The Latest: Ukraine's routed leader vows to reclaim office

Apr. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy's projected landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The outgoing president of Ukraine is telling supporters he plans to try to win the job back in a future election. President Petro Poroshenko was...

German plane evacuates 15 injured in Madeira bus crash

Apr. 20, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — A German military plane on Saturday evacuated 15 German tourists who survived this week's bus crash on the island of Madeira that claimed 29 lives, Germany's Foreign Ministry said. The injured were put on a German air force plane and flown out of the Cristiano Ronaldo international...

German parliament speaker rebuffs far-right party

Apr. 20, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The speaker of Germany's parliament says the far-right Alternative for Germany has no legal right to a deputy speaker, a position it has been unable to get other parties' support to fill. It is customary for each party in the lower house to have a deputy alongside speaker Wolfgang Schaeuble,...

Relatives of German bus crash victims arrive in Madeira

Apr. 19, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Relatives of some of the 29 German tourists who died in a bus crash in Madeira arrived on the Portuguese island on Friday as investigators pushed on with the task of finding out why the bus veered off the road and plunged down a slope. German tour operator Trendtours said it had...

Portugal says all 29 dead in bus crash were German

Apr. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — All the 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Portugal's Madeira Island were German, Portugal's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday. The bus carrying 55 people, all German tourists except a Portuguese driver and guide, rolled down a steep hill after veering off the road on a bend...

The Latest: Portugal confirms 29 Germans killed on Madeira

Apr. 18, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on the deadly bus crash on Portuguese island of Madeira (all times local): 2 p.m. Portugal's foreign ministry has confirmed that all 29 people killed in a tour bus crash on Madeira Island were German. Authorities previously said they were still working to identify the...

Portuguese foreign ministry confirms the 29 people killed in tour bus crash in Madeira were German

Apr. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EDT
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese foreign ministry confirms the 29 people killed in tour bus crash in Madeira were German .