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WWII veteran on how he 'dodged death' after plane shot down

Aug. 20, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

NEW CASTLE, N.H. (AP) — Every Aug. 9, Edwin West and his family commemorate the day he parachuted from a burning B-17 Flying Fortress over Nazi-occupied Holland 75 years ago. "Just about this time overseas, five hours later, I was jumping out of an airplane at 20,000 feet," West, 97, said in his living...

The Latest: Merkel says Irish border is key Brexit issue

Aug. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 5:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the main stumbling block with Britain's departure from the European Union can be removed if a "practical solution" is found for the Irish border issue. Speaking Tuesday...

Croatia recalls diplomat from Germany over racist comments

Aug. 20, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's Foreign Ministry has suspended a senior diplomat whose posts on Facebook have been described as racist. Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic says Elizabeta Madjarevic has been recalled from Germany and will face a disciplinary court. Madjarevic served as first secretary at the...

German FM 'grateful' for Swedish teen's climate activism

Aug. 20, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's "grateful" for Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg's climate protests. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday — one year after Thunberg first staged a protest in front of the Swedish parliament — that she was addressing "the biggest crisis of...

Wide implications as Germany teeters toward recession

Aug. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday — a development that could have repercussions for the rest of the eurozone and...

AP Explains: Brazil's environmental changes under Bolsonaro

Aug. 19, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Pressure is rising around the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro to comply with Brazil's pledge to fight global warming, as the international community gathers in the northern state of Bahia for a week-long UN workshop on climate change. Bolsonaro, a far-right climate skeptic,...

4 German children born to IS to return home from Syria

Aug. 19, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Four German children fathered by Islamic State militants, including an ill toddler, were handed over to Germany on Monday by Syria's Kurdish-led administration, a Kurdish official and Germany's foreign minister said. The children had been held in detention camps in Syria alongside over 70,000...

German minister discusses Mideast conflict on Jordan visit

Aug. 19, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Germany's defense minister has reaffirmed its support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a visit to neighboring Jordan. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said Monday that such an agreement would be a "good basis for living together." She also spoke of the...

German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

Aug. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Germany sought to strike a conciliatory note Monday, largely setting aside the frostier tones that have dominated their recent relations as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of a key moment in Cold War history. Speaking at a ceremony recalling the "Pan-European...

The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law

Aug. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong laws guaranteeing freedom of speech and rule of law. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Hong Kong's 1997...