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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and others protest in front of the Swedish Parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. ( Janerik Henriksson/TT News Agency via AP)

Greta Thunberg and youth climate protests make a return

Sep. 25, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg is back. She joined fellow demonstrators outside the Swedish Parliament on Friday to kick off a day of socially distanced global climate protests. “The main hope is, as always, to try to have an impact on the level of awareness and...

FILE-In this Sept. 19, 2020 file photo Horst Seehofer, Federal Minister of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs, arrives at the Kongresshotel Potsdam, Germany. German prosecutors said Friday they won't open an investigation of a newspaper column that disparaged police and infuriated the country's interior minister, finding that it was covered by the right to freedom of expression. (Fabian Sommer/dpa via AP)

Germany: No probe of column on police that angered minister

Sep. 25, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Friday they won't open an investigation of a newspaper column that disparaged police and infuriated the country's interior minister, finding that it was covered by the right to freedom of expression. Berlin prosecutors looked into the matter after receiving more than...

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German bishops set up system for larger sex abuse payments

Sep. 24, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Catholic Church in Germany is setting up a new system to compensate survivors of sexual abuse by clergy that will provide for payments of up to about 50,000 euros ($58,400) to each victim. Victims will be able to apply for payments under the new system starting Jan. 1, the head of the...

Kremlin critic Navalny's apartment seized, his aide says

Sep. 24, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities seized Alexei Navalny’s Moscow apartment while the opposition leader was still in a coma, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Thursday and linked the move to a tycoon with ties to the Kremlin. Navalny, the most prominent critic of Russian President...

Germany to replace head of its military intelligence agency

Sep. 24, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of Germany's military intelligence agency is being replaced as authorities step up efforts to root out right-wing extremists in the military, the defense ministry said Thursday. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer decided “with his agreement” that Christof Gramm...

A Lufthansa aircraft rolls to the parking position at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Lufthansa to try out pre-flight corona tests on routes to US

Sep. 24, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it will test the practice of offering on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in an attempt to find a way to get long-haul passengers flying again. The airline said Thursday it was working with partners in the...

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges related to the company's diesel emissions scandal, these ones related to alleged market manipulation. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in the company's diesel emissions scandal, this time accused of market manipulation. Thursday's announcement by the Braunschweig state court followed a decision earlier this month...

Top European court rules against German McCann suspect

Sep. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Europe's top court issued a ruling Thursday that should ensure Germany can keep in prison a new suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who vanished from a Portuguese resort 13 years ago. The Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice decided that German...

Long time exposure photo shows a cargo ship on the river Main with the buildings of the banking district in background in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

German economy rebounding, faces risk from virus resurgence

Sep. 24, 2020 6:02 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A widely watched indicator of German business confidence has risen for a fifth month in a row as Europe's largest economy rebounds from the coronavirus shutdowns - but the index remains below its long term average and uncertainty is high with virus cases rising. The Ifo...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China lifts pandemic bar on entry by foreigners

Sep. 23, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

BEIJING — Chinese officials say foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China as the threat of the new coronavirus continues to recede. The decision lifts a months-long blanket suspension covering most foreigners apart from diplomats and those in...