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German gov't press office employee probed over Egypt spying

Jul. 10, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating suspicions that an employee of the government's press office worked for years for an Egyptian intelligence service, according to Germany's domestic intelligence agency. The BfV agency said in its annual report, released Thursday, that “executive...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019 file photo a man runs on a small path as the sun rises in Frankfurt, Germany. The world could see average global temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial average for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. The 1.5-C mark is a key threshold that countries have agreed to limit global warming to, if possible. Scientists say average temperatures around the world are already at least 1 C higher now than during the period from 1850-1900 because of man-made greenhouse emissions.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Jul. 9, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The world could see annual global temperatures pass a key threshold for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. The World Meteorological Organization said forecasts suggest there's a 20% chance that global temperatures will be 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7...

Horst Seehofer (CSU), Federal Minister of the Interior, Homeland and Construction, presents the 2019 Report on the Protection of the Constitution at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 9 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP)

Germany sees rise in number of right-wing extremists

Jul. 9, 2020 7:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany recorded a significant rise in the number of right-wing extremists last year, after security agencies added thousands of members of the country's main far-right party to the count. An annual report on extremism in Germany released Thursday estimates the number of right-wing extremists...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan. Guterres expressed hope Tuesday, June 23, 2020 that Israel will hear global calls and will not go ahead with annexation of parts of the West Bank, which would undermine a two-state solution to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudhry, File)

UN chief warns foreign interference in Libya `unprecedented'

Jul. 9, 2020 1:24 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that foreign interference in Libya’s war has reached “unprecedented levels” and urged key players and their backers to unblock the political stalemate and agree to a cease-fire and peace talks. Calling the current...

The defendant Gregor S. sits in the continuation of the trial about the deadly knife attack against the Berlin chief physician Fritz von Weizsaecker in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The 57-year-old defendant is charged with murder and attempted murder of a police officer. Fritz von Weizsaecker, son of former German President Richard von Weizsaecker, was killed by a stab in the neck towards the end of a lecture at the Berlin  hospital Schlossparkklinik. ( Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

Man convicted of killing former German president's son

Jul. 8, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 57-year-old German man was convicted Wednesday of killing the son of Germany's former president Richard von Weizsaecker and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. He was ordered held in a psychiatric ward. Fritz von Weizsaecker, a doctor, was stabbed to death in November while delivering a...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Germany has just taken over the European Union's rotating presidency, and must chaperone the 27-nation bloc through a period of deep crisis for the next six months and try to limit the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Germany's Merkel: Pandemic highlights limits of populism

Jul. 8, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is showing the limits of “fact-denying populism,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, as she urged European Union countries to quickly agree on a major economic recovery package and deprive nationalists of any opportunity to take advantage...

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

German government split over police racial profiling study

Jul. 6, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security and justice officials are at odds over calls to study the use of racial profiling by police, a practice that human rights activists say is widespread in the country. Earlier this year, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance recommended that federal and...

Germany spent over $1B to cover costs linked to US troops

Jul. 6, 2020 7:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has paid more than $1 billion over the past decade to cover costs related to the stationing of U.S. troops in Germany, according to the finance ministry in Berlin. The ministry provided the figures in reply to a query from opposition Left Party lawmaker Brigitte...

A general view of the scene where a man was shot dead on Saturday, in Gerasdorf, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Police in Austria say they have detained a 47-year-old Russian man after a 43-year-old compatriot was shot dead near Vienna late Saturday. Austrian media report the killing is being investigated as a possible political assassination. Austrian news agency APA reported the victim was an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Russian man killed in Austria had declined police protection

Jul. 6, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Russian man shot dead near Vienna over the weekend had declined police protection before the killing, Austrian police said Monday. Austrian media have reported that the killing of the 43-year-old, an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for more than a decade, is being considered as a...

A general view of the scene where a man was shot dead on Saturday, in Gerasdorf, Austria, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Police in Austria say they have detained a 47-year-old Russian man after a 43-year-old compatriot was shot dead near Vienna late Saturday. Austrian media report the killing is being investigated as a possible political assassination. Austrian news agency APA reported the victim was an ethnic Chechen who had lived in Austria for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Russian shot dead in Austria, police probe political motive

Jul. 5, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Austria say they have detained a Russian man after one of his compatriots was shot dead near Vienna late Saturday in what Austrian media report is being considered a possible political assassination. Austrian news agency APA reported that the 43-year-old victim was an ethnic Chechen...