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Namibian President Hage Geingob laid to rest at Heroes' Acre cemetery after state funeral

Feb. 25, 2024 13:19 PM EST

WINDHOEK, Namibia (AP) — Namibian President Hage Geingob was laid to rest in the country's Heroes' Acre cemetery on Sunday following a state funeral attended by African leaders, the German president and Princess Anne, the sister of Britain's King Charles III. Geingob died earlier...

German bishops to head to Rome after Vatican demands they scrap a vote on contentious lay council

Feb. 23, 2024 16:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A delegation of German bishops is expected in Rome soon after the Vatican insisted they scrap a planned vote this week on a controversial proposal to let laypeople participate in a decision-making council alongside bishops. The aborted vote was the latest in years of...

Germany's parliament votes to legalize limited marijuana possession and allow 'cannabis clubs'

Feb. 23, 2024 09:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved a government plan to liberalize rules on cannabis, paving the way for the country to decriminalize limited amounts of marijuana and allow members of “cannabis clubs” to buy it for recreational purposes. Parliament's lower house,...

German lawmakers back sending further long-range weapons to Ukraine, but vague on details

Feb. 22, 2024 10:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday called on the government to deliver further long-range weapons to Ukraine, but voted down an opposition call explicitly urging it to send Taurus long-range cruise missiles. Germany is now the second-biggest supplier of military aid to...

Germany says Europe's largest economy is in 'troubled waters' and cuts its growth forecast

Feb. 21, 2024 11:31 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German government said Europe's largest economy was in “troubled waters” and slashed its growth forecast for this year as it struggles with a lack of skilled labor, excessive bureaucracy, high interest rates and lagging investment in new projects — while a...

Ursula von der Leyen is seeking a second term as head of the EU's powerful Commission

Feb. 19, 2024 10:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany's Ursula von der Leyen will seek a second term as head of the European Union's powerful Commission in a move that could make her the most significant politician representing the bloc's 450 million citizens in over a generation. Following five years of...

Western officials and Kremlin critics blame Putin and his government for Navalny's death in prison

Feb. 16, 2024 19:30 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — World leaders and Russian opposition activists wasted no time Friday in blaming the reported death of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny on President Vladimir Putin and his government. “It is obvious that he was killed by Putin,” said Ukrainian...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy in Paris signed security agreement with France after similar deal with Germany

Feb. 16, 2024 17:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement with France hours after he officialized a similar one with Germany. The agreements send a strong signal of long-term backing as Kyiv works to shore up Western support nearly two years...

Alexei Navalny, galvanizing opposition leader and Putin’s fiercest foe, died in prison, Russia says

Feb. 16, 2024 17:11 PM EST

Alexei Navalny, who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive anti-Kremlin protests as President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, died Friday in the Arctic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, Russia’s prison agency said. He was 47. The stunning news...

US secretary of state assures Western Balkans of support for path toward European Union integration

Feb. 15, 2024 14:54 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Albania on Thursday to reaffirm relations with a key partner in the region and assure Western Balkan countries of Washington’s support for their integration into the European Union. Blinken met with top...