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Merkel heads to China to talk economy, trade, rule of law

May. 23, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was heading to China on Wednesday with a business delegation, amid tension in both Beijing and the European Union over trade issues with the United States and Washington's rejection of the Iran nuclear deal. Merkel's trip to China follows visits to Washington...

Many protests planned against Berlin right-wing party rally

May. 23, 2018 6:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — More than a dozen groups are planning weekend protests against a rally by the right-wing nationalist party Alternative for Germany being staged under the motto "Germany's Future," police said Wednesday. Officials from the party, known by its German abbreviation AfD, have told authorities they...

Germany foreign minister to meet Pompeo over Iran deal

May. 21, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday that he will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss Washington's position on the nuclear deal with Iran. The Trump administration on Monday demanded that Iran make wholesale changes in its military and regional...

Turkey's Erdogan seeks expatriate support for re-election

May. 20, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Turkey's president addressed thousands of expatriate Turks in Bosnia's capital Sunday to shore up support before his country's snap presidential and parliamentary elections next month. Adapting his domestic campaign speeches to include promises to Turkish citizens living...

Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral

May. 20, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — On the roof of Berlin's cathedral, bees are buzzing. Beekeeper Uwe Marth pulls out a honeycomb produced in the hive he tends beneath the dome of the neo-baroque landmark, a tourist magnet in the German capital — and home to perhaps 30,000 bees. On a warm but windy May day, the insects...

Putin says Russian gas shipments via Ukraine may continue

May. 18, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Friday that gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine may continue even after the launch of a new prospective Germany-bound pipeline under the Baltic Sea. The question of whether Ukraine would be frozen out of future Russian gas deliveries is seen as one...

The Latest: Putin: Europe must help Syria rebuild

May. 18, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Latest on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's trip to Russia (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Europe to help rebuild Syria to encourage the return of refugees to their homes. Speaking after Friday's talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,...

The Latest: Putin says gas may keep going via Ukraine

May. 18, 2018 9:30 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The Latest on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin says that gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine may continue even after the launch of a new prospective Germany-bound pipeline under...

German-Russian pipeline takes shape despite US protests

May. 17, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

MUKRAN, Germany (AP) — Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany's northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel...

EU takes 6 member states to court over air quality

May. 17, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is taking six member states to court for exposing their citizens to too much air pollution. The European Commission on Thursday referred Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Romania to the EU's highest Court of Justice, saying they failed to respect air quality...