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Germany and Poland say they're not sending troops to Ukraine as the Kremlin warns of a wider war

Feb. 27, 2024 19:10 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European military heavyweights Germany and Poland affirmed Tuesday that they would not be sending troops to Ukraine, after reports that some Western countries may be considering doing so as the war with Russia enters its third year. The head of NATO also said the...

Putting Western troops on the ground in Ukraine is not 'ruled out' in the future, French leader says

Feb. 26, 2024 22:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday that sending Western troops on the ground in Ukraine is not “ruled out” in the future after the issue was debated at a gathering of European leaders in Paris, as Russia’s full-scale invasion grinds into a third year. ...

Germany's Scholz explains his reluctance to send Taurus long-range missiles to Ukraine

Feb. 26, 2024 12:34 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz made clear Monday that he remains reluctant to send Taurus long-range cruise missiles to Ukraine, pointing to a risk of his country becoming directly involved in the war. Germany is now the second-biggest supplier of military aid to...

Germany's parliament votes to legalize limited marijuana possession and allow 'cannabis clubs'

Feb. 23, 2024 09:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved a government plan to liberalize rules on cannabis, paving the way for the country to decriminalize limited amounts of marijuana and allow members of “cannabis clubs” to buy it for recreational purposes. Parliament's lower house,...

German lawmakers back sending further long-range weapons to Ukraine, but vague on details

Feb. 22, 2024 10:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday called on the government to deliver further long-range weapons to Ukraine, but voted down an opposition call explicitly urging it to send Taurus long-range cruise missiles. Germany is now the second-biggest supplier of military aid to...

Western officials and Kremlin critics blame Putin and his government for Navalny's death in prison

Feb. 16, 2024 19:30 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — World leaders and Russian opposition activists wasted no time Friday in blaming the reported death of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny on President Vladimir Putin and his government. “It is obvious that he was killed by Putin,” said Ukrainian...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy in Paris signed security agreement with France after similar deal with Germany

Feb. 16, 2024 17:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement with France hours after he officialized a similar one with Germany. The agreements send a strong signal of long-term backing as Kyiv works to shore up Western support nearly two years...

Alexei Navalny, galvanizing opposition leader and Putin’s fiercest foe, died in prison, Russia says

Feb. 16, 2024 17:11 PM EST

Alexei Navalny, who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive anti-Kremlin protests as President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, died Friday in the Arctic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, Russia’s prison agency said. He was 47. The stunning news...

German chancellor welcomes Microsoft's $3.5 billion AI investment in Germany

Feb. 15, 2024 07:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed an announcement Thursday by Microsoft that it would invest almost 3.3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in Germany over the next two years to massively expand its data center capacities for applications in the field of artificial intelligence and...

Poland, France and Germany vow to make Europe stronger as fears grow over Russia and Trump

Feb. 12, 2024 16:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The governments of Poland, France and Germany vowed Monday to make Europe a security and defense power with a greater ability to back Ukraine, amid concerns that former U.S. President Donald Trump might return to the White House and allow Russia to expand its aggression on the...