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Libya conference sees hope on elections, foreign forces

Jun. 23, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Libya's transitional government underlined its commitment to holding elections on Dec. 24 at a conference Wednesday with powers that have interests in the North African country, while the German hosts vowed to keep up pressure until all foreign forces have been withdrawn from...

Russian gas pipeline vexes U.S. charm offensive in Germany

Jun. 23, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United States and Germany struggled Wednesday to resolve a major dispute over a Russian gas pipeline, even as the Biden administration seeks to improve relations with Western Europe that had been strained during Donald Trump’s presidency. U.S....

EU, US, UK, Canada join forces to slap sanctions on Belarus

Jun. 21, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada joined forces Monday to impose sanctions on several senior officials in Belarus over the forced diversion to Minsk of a passenger plane travelling between two EU countries last month. Asset...

Ukrainian FM presses Germany on arms, cites Russia's weapons

Jun. 09, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister said Wednesday that he hoped allies such as Germany won't regret turning down his country's request for arms deliveries should Russia launch an attack. Dmytro Kuleba broached the sensitive subject with German Foreign Minister...

Some Namibian tribal chiefs accept German compensation offer

Jun. 03, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — A group of traditional chiefs in Namibia said Thursday they have accepted an offer of compensation by Germany and a recognition that the colonial-era massacre of tens of thousands of their people in the early 20th century was genocide. ...

Germany, UN to host conference on Libya in Berlin on June 23

Jun. 01, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and the United Nations plan to host a conference on Libya this month in Berlin, a gathering that aims to bring together powers with interests in the North African country and its transitional government. The agenda for the June 23 conference...

German minister rejects idea of arms deliveries to Ukraine

Jun. 01, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Tuesday rejected the idea of delivering weapons to Ukraine after the country's president indicated that he would like military help from Berlin. Germany, along with France, has led Western diplomatic efforts to resolve the...

Germany recognizes colonial killings in Namibia as genocide

May. 28, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is officially recognizing the colonial-era massacre of tens of thousands of people in Namibia as genocide and has agreed to provide funding to help the communities affected. But it is stopping short of formal reparations, which some have demanded. ...

EU weighs Belarus sanctions at sectors close to leader

May. 27, 2021 14:29 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European Union nations sketched out plans Thursday for new sanctions against Belarus, targeting economic sectors close to its authoritarian leader, as they sought to strike back at him for the diversion of a passenger jet to arrest a dissident journalist. ...

Russia tags 3 German NGOs 'undesirable,' drawing criticism

May. 26, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Wednesday designated three German non-governmental organizations as “undesirable,” a move that drew sharp criticism from Berlin. The Prosecutor General's office said that the organizations' activities “threaten the foundations of the...