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The Latest: Trump disputes ground rules of meeting with Iran

Sep. 15, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 4 a.m. President Donald Trump appears to be disputing the comments of senior aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

Italy: Rescue boat with 82 migrants can sail to Italian isle

Sep. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — Italy allowed a charity rescue ship to sail Saturday to a tiny southern island so that 82 migrants aboard could be transferred to shore, but the country's foreign minister cautioned against interpreting the move as a sign the new government is easing a crackdown on...

Germany's Merkel faces decisive week on climate protection

Sep. 14, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany faces a decisive week in its efforts to combat climate change, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging Saturday that Europe's biggest economy will find good solutions but her governing coalition still haggling over a long-promised policy package. Merkel's government has said for months...

Merkel: Germany, auto industry face 'Herculean' climate task

Sep. 12, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Environmentalist staged a protest Thursday at the start of the Frankfurt Motor Show, hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that her government and the country's powerful automakers face a "Herculean task" meeting the goals set for combating climate change....

The Latest: Joshua Wong defends meeting with German official

Sep. 12, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 9 p.m. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong is defending the decision of Germany's foreign minister to meet with him while he was in Berlin trying to raise European support. Wong told the Zeit newspaper on Thursday that...

The Latest: UK govt: Businesses not ready for no-deal Brexit

Sep. 11, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's planned departure from the European Union: (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The British government says U.K. citizens and businesses are not prepared for leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement, and a no-deal Brexit could see the number of trucks coming...

Germany's Merkel: Climate spending is 'money well invested'

Sep. 11, 2019 8:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country will have to spend money to combat climate change, but doing so is a good investment. Speaking to lawmakers Wednesday during parliament's annual budget debate, Merkel said "if we want to drive forward climate protection, this will cost money....

Merkel: Germany must engage in rights dialogue with China

Sep. 11, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's important for her country to engage in dialogue with China, including on issues such as human rights. Speaking to lawmakers during parliament's annual budget debate Wednesday, Merkel said China has a "growing responsibility for the global multilateral...

The Latest: Hong Kong fans boo Chinese anthem at soccer game

Sep. 10, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 8.40 p.m. Thousands of Hong Kong soccer fans have booed and turned their backs when the Chinese national anthem was played before a World Cup qualifier match against Iran. The crowd broke out into "Glory to Hong Kong," a song...

Germany aims for balanced budget to prepare for downturn

Sep. 10, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister is proposing a balanced budget for the coming year, withstanding calls for fresh borrowing in preparation for a possible economic downturn. Olaf Scholz told lawmakers Tuesday it was important that "with the solid financial basis we have today we can push back with...