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France summons Italian envoy over Di Maio's migrant remarks

Jan. 21, 2019 2:59 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's Foreign Ministry summoned the Italian ambassador Monday over sharp anti-French comments from an Italian official about Europe's migrant crisis. With Italy's government on the defensive over recent deaths at sea of migrants, Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio sought to shift the...

The Latest: Italy deputy PM downplays France migrant remarks

Jan. 21, 2019 2:33 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio has brushed off tensions with France over remarks about Europe's migrant crisis. Di Maio said Sunday that France is leading colonial-style policies in Africa that are "impoverishing"...

Reinvented legacy: Nazi's paintings fund foundation for Jews

Jan. 21, 2019 2:08 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — When Hilde Schramm inherited several paintings collected by her father, Hitler's chief architect and Armaments Minister Albert Speer, she was only sure of one thing: she didn't want them. Despite determining they probably hadn't been looted from Jews during World War II, she wanted their...

World, Olympic champ Biles to compete in Germany in March

Jan. 21, 2019 12:42 PM EST

World and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles will make her 2019 debut at a World Cup meet in Germany in March. Biles hasn't competed since the 2018 world championships in Doha, Qatar, where she won five medals, including four golds. That pushed her overall world championship medal total to 20, tied for the...

Ireland nominates top banker for key ECB job

Jan. 21, 2019 11:53 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ireland on Monday nominated the head of its national central bank, Philip Lane, for a top spot at the European Central Bank in a year that will see key leadership posts change hands at the monetary authority for the 19-country eurozone and its 340 million people. Finance Minister...

AP FACT CHECK: Shared French-German UN seat? Not in treaty

Jan. 21, 2019 11:43 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of France and Germany are preparing to sign a treaty Tuesday that will deepen the alliance between their countries in Europe and internationally. One provision says the governments in both nations will work to get Germany accepted as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council,...

Germany bans Iran's Mahan Air amid security concerns

Jan. 21, 2019 10:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has banned Iran's Mahan Air from landing in the country with immediate effect, citing security concerns and the airline's involvement in Syria, officials said Monday. Mahan Air is on a U.S. sanctions list and Washington has long urged allies to ban the airline from their territories....

Interest rates could stay lower for longer in Europe

Jan. 21, 2019 9:49 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Multiple threats stalking Europe's economy mean the European Central Bank could keep interest rates at rock-bottom levels longer than expected, extending skimpy returns for savers — but supporting indebted companies and governments with low borrowing costs. Speculation...

Unclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany

Jan. 21, 2019 8:38 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The emperor has no clothes in this production of Puccini's "Turandot" by the Lithuanian National Opera, but then again neither does any other character. Guetersloh police said Monday the costumes coming from Spain for the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini's three-act opera were stolen...

Tanker ship runs aground on Germany's Elbe river

Jan. 21, 2019 6:25 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa says a tanker ship carrying 9,000 metric tons (nearly 10,000 U.S. tons) of hazardous goods has run aground on the Elbe river near Cuxhaven in northern Germany. Dpa says nobody was injured and there is no leak in the ship. Experts have been called to find out how to...