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The Latest | G7 warns of new sanctions against Iran as world reacts to apparent Israeli drone attack

Apr. 19, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

Group of Seven foreign ministers warned of new sanctions against Iran on Friday for its drone and missile attack on Israel, and urged both sides to avoid an escalation of the conflict. Meanwhile, an apparent Israeli drone attack on Iran saw troops fire air defenses near the central...

Prominent figure in German far-right party stands trial over alleged use of Nazi slogan

Apr. 18, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — One of the most prominent figures in the far-right Alternative for Germany party went on trial Thursday on charges of using a Nazi slogan, months before a regional election in which he plans to run to become his state's governor. Björn Höcke, 52, is the...

Germany arrests 2 for allegedly spying for Russia, plotting sabotage to undermine Ukraine aid

Apr. 18, 2024 07:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two German-Russian men have been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage, one of them accused of agreeing to carry out attacks on potential targets including U.S. military facilities in hopes of sabotaging aid for Ukraine, prosecutors said Thursday. The two,...

Europe wants 2 things from China. It may not get far on either of them.

Apr. 18, 2024 03:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine. Second, a reduction in the trade imbalance — Chinese goods exports to the EU exceeded its imports from the 27-nation bloc by 291 billion euros ($310 billion) last year....

10 detained in large-scale raid in Germany targeting human smuggling gang that exploits visa permits

Apr. 17, 2024 05:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities conducted a large-scale raid against an international human smuggling gang early Wednesday, police said in a statement. More than 1,000 police officers searched dozens of homes, stores and offices across western and southern Germany and detained 10...

The German chancellor presses China on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Apr. 16, 2024 11:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Tuesday to pressure Russia to end its “insane campaign” in Ukraine, the latest in a parade of European leaders and senior officials to make such an appeal. The Chinese side gave no sign of...

Abortion in Germany should be decriminalized during pregnancy's first 12 weeks, experts recommend

Apr. 15, 2024 20:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An independent commission reviewing abortion law in Germany recommended Monday that the procedure be made legal during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Currently, abortion is considered illegal in Germany but not punishable if a woman undergoes mandatory counseling...

Germany's Scholz calls for fair competition and warns against dumping during China visit

Apr. 15, 2024 08:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for fair competition in trade relations with China while warning about dumping and overproduction as he spoke to students in Shanghai on Monday. Scholz is visiting China against the background of looming EU tariffs on Chinese-made...

Germany's Scholz arrives in China on a visit marked by trade tensions and Ukraine conflict

Apr. 14, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in China on Sunday on a visit focused on the increasingly tense economic relationship between the sides and differences over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Scholz's first destination was the industrial hub of Chongqing, where...

Ukraine's military chief warns of 'significantly' worsening battlefield situation in the east

Apr. 13, 2024 13:06 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's military chief on Saturday warned that the battlefield situation in the industrial east has “significantly worsened in recent days,” as warming weather allowed Russian forces to launch a fresh push along several stretches of the more 1,000 km-long (620-mile)...