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In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a medical worker records down a patient's condition at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Chinatopix via AP)

Russia to ban entry of Chinese nationals to halt virus

Feb. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Russia will temporarily ban Chinese nationals from entering the country due to the virus outbreak centered in China that has infected more than 73,000 people worldwide, Russian authorities said Tuesday. The entry ban goes into effect Thursday at midnight Moscow time (2100 GMT) for an...

Norbert Roettgen, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Roettgen, a former environment minister, on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. (Michael Kappeler/dpa via AP)

German ex-environment minister seeks to lead Merkel's party

Feb. 18, 2020 7:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A former German environment minister on Tuesday became the first prominent figure officially to declare his candidacy for the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party. Norbert Roettgen, the 54-year-old chairman of the German parliament's foreign affairs committee, announced...

From left: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrive for a meeting about Libya alongside the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Powers renew pledge to uphold Libya arms embargo

Feb. 16, 2020 7:37 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Countries with interests in Libya's civil war recommitted themselves Sunday to uphold a barely working arms embargo, four weeks after a peace summit in Berlin was followed by numerous new arms violations, officials from Germany and the U.N. said. Germany and the U.N., which co-hosted the Jan....

Civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. Syrian troops are waging an offensive in the last rebel stronghold. (AP Photo)

Turkey, Russia to discuss grave situation in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 15, 2020 6:15 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — A Turkish delegation will travel to Russia on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib province amid mounting fears of a humanitarian disaster there, Turkey's foreign minister said. Hundreds of thousands of civilians in Idlib province are scrambling to escape a widening, multi-front...

Travelers wear face masks as they walk outside the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. People returning to Beijing will now have to isolate themselves either at home or in a concentrated area for medical observation, said a notice from the Chinese capital's prevention and control work group published by state media late Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

France announces 1st death of virus patient outside Asia

Feb. 15, 2020 4:10 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France on Saturday reported the first death outside Asia of a person infected with the new virus from China, an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who two French hospitals initially turned away, and also reported a new confirmed case that brought the country's total to 12. Health Minister Agnes...

Demonstrators attend a rally against the ousting of a popular governor by a far-right and two centrist parties in Erfurt, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020.  The politician Thomas Kemmerich was elected as Thuringian Prime Minister with votes of the far-right Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party. The poster reads: Heart instead of agitation - together against the right. (Bodo Schackow/dpa via AP)

Thousands protest state vote that shook up German politics

Feb. 15, 2020 10:40 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Saturday in eastern Germany to protest the ousting of a popular state governor by lawmakers from a far-right and two centrist parties. Speakers at the union-organized rally in the German town of Erfurt strongly criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb 3, 2020, file photo, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, and European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, shake hands for journalists prior to their meeting, in Tehran, Iran. Now that Britain has left the bloc, the EU hopes to find more time concentrate on its foreign policy. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Iran: US killing of general was a miscalculation

Feb. 14, 2020 2:02 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The U.S. killing of a top Iranian general was a miscalculation that has had the effect of bolstering support in Iraq for the removal of American troops, a longtime goal of Tehran, Iran's foreign minister said Friday. The U.S. killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a Jan. 3 drone strike as the...

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

Austria's Kurz: German conservatives right to shun far-right

Feb. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who led a coalition with a far-right party in his first term, on Friday endorsed his German conservative counterparts' refusal to cooperate with the far-right Alternative for Germany. German politics has been thrown into turmoil by the election last week of...

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier speaks at the opening session on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

German president criticizes US stance at security conference

Feb. 14, 2020 9:35 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Germany's president criticized the U.S. administration at a security conference on Friday for appearing to reject “even the idea of an international community.” President Frank-Walter Steinmeier's comments were made in an opening speech at the Munich Security Conference, an...

People form a human chain on the banks of the Elbe river with the historical old town in background, marking the 75th anniversary of the destruction of Dresden in the Second World War, in Dresden, Germany, Thursday Feb. 13, 2020.  A 1945 allied bombing campaign reduced the centre of Dresden to rubble leaving about 25,000 people dead. (Robert Michael/dpa via AP)

German president marks Dresden bombing, warns of rising hate

Feb. 13, 2020 3:44 PM EST

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Germany's president called Thursday for his countrymen to stand up to extremism and nationalism, warning that hatred and a desire for authoritarianism are on the rise again in Europe, including in his country. Speaking at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the bombing of...