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Global protest seeks to turn up heat on leaders over climate

Sep. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Youth activists are hoping to turn up the heat on governments Friday with the first large-scale international protest against climate change in six months. Greta Thunberg and fellow activists said Monday they plan to stage demonstrations in cities around...

Pope inadvertently quotes Putin to chide West's Afghan war

Sep. 01, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Pope Francis has criticized the West's two-decade-long involvement in Afghanistan as an outsider's attempt to impose democracy — although he did it by citing Russian President Vladimir Putin while thinking he was quoting German Chancellor Angela Merkel. ...

Europe urges unity on Taliban but is quiet on failed mission

Aug. 16, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European leaders said Monday they will press for a unified international approach to dealing with a Taliban government in Afghanistan, as they looked on with dismay at the rapid collapse of two decades of a U.S.-led Western campaign in the country. British...

1 dead, 1 missing in Europe floods after heavy rainfall

Jul. 14, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Storms caused severe flooding across parts of western and central Europe, with a fireman drowning Wednesday during rescue work in Germany and a man missing after he was swept away by a raging stream elsewhere in the country. The fireman died in the western...

Merkel brings message of stability to US on farewell visit

Jul. 14, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel left Wednesday for Washington on what is likely to be her last official visit , carrying a bag full of issues to discuss with President Joe Biden and an overarching message for Berlin's close ally: you've got a friend. The...

Germany to base COVID restrictions on more than case numbers

Jul. 12, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — With COVID-19 cases again on the rise, German officials said on Monday said that authorities need a “broader focus” beyond the country’s infection rate to fully gauge the impact the pandemic is having on the health system and the kind of measures that should be taken. ...

The Latest: COVID-19 cases grow in hard-hit area of Missouri

Jul. 05, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

MISSION, Kan. — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients jumped by nearly 27% over the Fourth of July weekend in a hard-hit area of Missouri where immunization rates are low, leading to a temporary ventilator shortfall and a public call for help from respiratory therapists. ...

Germany gets British support for UN Security Council seat

Jun. 30, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German and British foreign ministers have agreed to hold an annual “strategic dialogue” on international affairs, in a joint statement that supports a permanent seat for Germany on the U.N. Security Council. The joint declaration signed by German...