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Beer flows as overcrowded Oktoberfest opens in Munich

Sep. 21, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The first keg was tapped, and the beer started flowing as the 186th Oktoberfest got underway Saturday in the southern German city of Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap in the first keg with two blows of a hammer and the cry of "O'zapt is" — "it's tapped." As tradition...

Parachutists jump over Dutch heath to mark WWII operation

Sep. 21, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

GINKEL HEATH, Netherlands (AP) — Parachutes glowing gold and white against clear blue skies, hundreds of paratroopers floated to the ground in the eastern Netherlands on Saturday to mark the 75th anniversary of a daring but ultimately unsuccessful mission that Allied commanders hoped would bring a swift...

'I want a future': Global youth protests urge climate action

Sep. 20, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer. Marches, rallies and demonstrations were held from Canberra to Kabul and Cape...

'Climate strike' crosses continents: A look at the protests

Sep. 20, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of mostly young people marched, rallied and demonstrated around the world Friday, demanding action to combat climate change. A look at some of the "Global Climate Strike" protests: AFRICA — KENYA: Some young protesters in Nairobi wore hats and outfits fashioned...

A year in the ice: Scientists set sail on Arctic expedition

Sep. 20, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An international team of researchers set off Friday on the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic, a yearlong journey they hope will sharpen the scientific models that underpin human understanding of climate change. The 140-million euro ($158 million)...

The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

Trump scolds Europe over captured Islamic State fighters

Sep. 20, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning European nations to take back citizens who joined the Islamic State and are now being held prisoner in Syria and Iraq. Trump told reporters Friday at the White House that the U.S. did Europe a "tremendous favor" by leading the fight to force the Islamic...

German government agrees $60 billion climate policy package

Sep. 20, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Under pressure from environmental protests and growing support for the opposition Green party, the German government agreed Friday on a 54 billion euro ($60 billion) package of measures for tackling climate change. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the deal hammered out by governing...

Germany's Commerzbank plans 4,300 job cuts in restructuring

Sep. 20, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Commerzbank AG says it's planning to cut 4,300 jobs and close 200 branches as part of a restructuring that will also see it sell its stake in Poland's mBank. The bank, Germany's second largest, said Friday the sale of its majority share in mBank should reduce risk and help bring in...

No small fry: German govt haggles over climate change policy

Sep. 19, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany's governing parties are meeting Thursday to thrash out the final details of a plan to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions, a day before protesters plan to descend on Berlin demanding climate action. German media have reported that Chancellor Angela Merkel said...