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The Latest: Bach hails Koreas cooperation at Olympics

Feb. 25, 2018 8:02 AM EST

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local): 10 p.m. The IOC president, Thomas Bach, says that by marching together at the Winter Games, athletes from South and North Korea showed they both believe in "a peaceful future." In his wrap-up speech at the closing...

Germany's Merkel to name her team for new Cabinet

Feb. 25, 2018 6:07 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing to name her ministerial team for a new German government, amid reports that she plans to promote an ambitious conservative critic. Merkel has signaled she will put fresh faces in her Cabinet after a coalition deal with the center-left Social Democrats,...

New party aide close to Germany's Merkel, but no clone

Feb. 23, 2018 12:35 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown her conservative party that she's still very much in charge and keen to shape its future, installing a close ally who's popular in her own right in a top party post following weeks of muttering over a difficult coalition deal. A congress of Merkel's...

Germany says another citizen detained in Turkey released

Feb. 23, 2018 12:21 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says one of its citizens held in Turkey has been released, but must remain in the country. The foreign ministry's announcement Friday follows the release last week of German journalist Deniz Yucel, who had been detained in Turkey for over a year. Yucel was held on...

World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates

Feb. 22, 2018 7:31 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days. The U.N. Security Council heard a briefing from U.N. humanitarian...

The Latest: Russia's amended Syrian UN resolution circulated

Feb. 22, 2018 7:20 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria related developments (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Russia's amended U.N. resolution would rule out an immediate 30-day cease-fire in Syria to deliver aid and evacuate the critically ill proposed by Sweden and Kuwait and backed by most of the U.N. Security Council. Instead,...

Merkel urges solidarity from all EU on taking migrants

Feb. 22, 2018 5:35 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed European member states Thursday to do their share in helping to deal with the large influx of migrants, work together to strengthen external borders and fight the problems causing people to flee their homelands. Speaking to Parliament before a meeting...

German Social Democrats voting on coalition pact with Merkel

Feb. 20, 2018 7:43 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Members of Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party have started voting on whether to accept the coalition agreement negotiated by their leaders with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc on forming a new government. SPD leaders promised to give the party's 463,000 members the...

Germany's Merkel brings possible successor to Berlin

Feb. 19, 2018 8:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed Monday that the governor of Germany's tiny western state of Saarland run her party's day-to-day operations — putting her in prime position eventually to succeed Merkel as leader of the center-right Christian Democratic Union. Merkel said she wants the...

The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crash

Feb. 18, 2018 2:44 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the crash of an Iranian passenger plane in southern Iran (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is saying that the death toll in a commercial airplane crash is 65. IRNA reported Sunday night that one passenger did not make the flight. That puts the...