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Civilians escape Kherson after Russian strikes on freed city

Nov. 26, 2022 15:30 PM EST

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Fleeing shelling, civilians on Saturday streamed out of the southern Ukrainian city whose recapture they had celebrated just weeks earlier. The exodus from Kherson came as Ukraine solemnly remembered a Stalin-era famine and sought to ensure that Russia's...

China's Xi pledges support for Cuba on 'core interests'

Nov. 25, 2022 22:54 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Cuban counterpart pledged mutual support over their fellow communist states’ “core interests” Friday at a meeting further hailing a return to face-to-face diplomacy by Beijing. In comments to Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, Xi...

Germany, France pledge mutual support to avert energy crunch

Nov. 25, 2022 15:13 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France pledged Friday to provide each other mutual support in preventing a possible energy crisis after supplies from Russia dried up amid the war in Ukraine. As part of a joint agreement signed by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French Prime Minister...

Most Ukrainians left without power after new Russian strikes

Nov. 23, 2022 18:28 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia unleashed a new missile onslaught on Ukraine's battered energy grid Wednesday, robbing cities of power and some of water and public transport, too, compounding the hardship of winter for millions. The aerial mauling of power supplies also took nuclear plants and...

First floating LNG terminal arrives at German port

Nov. 23, 2022 09:00 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The first of several ships that will serve as floating terminals to receive liquefied natural gas imports in Germany arrived Wednesday off the Baltic Sea port of Mukran. In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Germany has scrambled to secure alternative sources...

Germany rejects former UK PM's claim on Ukraine war stance

Nov. 23, 2022 08:19 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday rejected former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that Berlin initially wanted Ukraine to quickly “fold” following Russia’s invasion in February. CNN Portugal quoted Johnson saying Monday that “the German view...

Germany to wind down Mali military mission by mid-2024

Nov. 22, 2022 12:26 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Tuesday that it plans to wind down the country's participation in a U.N. military mission in Mali by the middle of 2024. Chancellor Olaf Scholz's spokesman, Steffen Hebestreit, said in a brief statement that the government will propose to...

German government, opposition reach deal on benefit overhaul

Nov. 22, 2022 08:04 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties and the main opposition bloc reached a compromise Tuesday that should allow an overhaul of the country's unemployment benefit system — a central policy of Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government — to go ahead in somewhat watered-down form. ...

Soccer-mad Germans turning their backs on World Cup

Nov. 18, 2022 11:25 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Normally when the World Cup comes around, Germans happily wave their country’s flag and enthusiastically back their team. Not this time. Anyone walking around Berlin this week will struggle to notice any signs of World Cup fervor. There are no flags,...

Sweden: Traces of explosives found at Baltic Sea pipelines

Nov. 18, 2022 08:35 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Investigators found traces of explosives at the Baltic Sea site where two natural gas pipelines were damaged in an act of “gross sabotage,” the prosecutor leading Sweden's preliminary investigation said Friday. Mats Ljungqvist of the Swedish Prosecution...