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The Latest: Italy, Malta at odds over boat with 450 migrants

Jul. 13, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on the migrant crisis in Europe (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Malta says a fishing boat with some 450 migrants on board was in Italian waters when it learned about the vessel so it's not up to Maltese authorities to carry out a rescue. Italy said Friday that Malta was obliged to save...

Court orders former bin Laden aide brought back to Germany

Jul. 13, 2018 1:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany ordered authorities Friday to bring back a former aide to Osama bin Laden — hours after he was deported to his native Tunisia on Friday. Sami A., whose last name wasn't given due to privacy laws, was flown to Tunis on a charter aircraft and handed over to Tunisian...

A look at NATO and what the alliance does, past and present

Jul. 12, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known as NATO, grew largely out of Cold War fears of Soviet aggression and expansionism following a communist coup in Czechoslovakia, the Soviet blockade of Berlin and other incidents. It also was meant to prevent the resurgence of nationalist...

German court: parents can access dead daughter's FB account

Jul. 12, 2018 6:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the parents of a deceased girl can access her Facebook account, saying they had inherited the right to the social media data just like to her diary or letters. Thursday's ruling overturned a decision by a lower court in Berlin, which had ruled...

Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany

Jul. 11, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany's ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for decades. Trump...

The Latest: Trump questions value of NATO, slams Germany

Jul. 11, 2018 8:59 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Europe (all times local): 2:50 a.m. President Donald Trump has jolted the NATO summit in Brussels by turning a spotlight on Germany's ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign...

Steady drum of Trump's anti-Germany remarks raises questions

Jul. 11, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The steady drum of anti-German rhetoric from the United States, one of the country's traditionally closest friends, has people wondering whether to get ready for a messy breakup. First, it was then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign trail contention that Chancellor Angela Merkel was "ruining...

Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest

Jul. 10, 2018 9:33 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In the fall of 2010, Liu Xia traveled to a prison in northeast China to tell her husband, dissident intellectual Liu Xiaobo, that he had just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. That was the last time she left home as a free woman. Until now. China allowed her to leave the country Tuesday,...

The Latest: US concerned for freed widow's brother in China

Jul. 10, 2018 3:36 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the release of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's widow, Liu Xia, from house arrest (all times local): 3:20 a.m. The United States is welcoming the release of poet Liu Xia after eight years under house arrest but voicing concern for her brother who remains in...

Germany presents new, more restrictive migration plan

Jul. 10, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security official on Tuesday unveiled his new plan on controlling and limiting migration, which he called a "turning point" in the country's asylum policy. The main goals of the 63-point "migration master plan" include the quick deportation of people living in Germany whose...