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Bayern held 2-2 at home by Hertha in Bundesliga opener

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After agreeing to sign Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, Bayern Munich was held to 2-2 by Hertha Berlin in the opening game of the Bundesliga on Friday. Bayern's inability to break down what looked like a shaky Hertha defense aptly illustrated its need for a player like...

German shipping firm: 8 crew seized by pirates off Cameroon

Aug. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German shipping company says pirates have abducted eight crew members from one of its vessels off the coast of West Africa. Shipping company MC-Schiffahrt said on its website that pirates attacked the MarMalaita late Wednesday while it was anchored off Douala, Cameroon. The Hamburg-based...

Sailing team to fly 2 crew to US to bring Thunberg boat back

Aug. 16, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The sailing team that's taking climate activist Greta Thunberg from England to the United States aboard a high-tech racing yacht says it will fly two crew across the Atlantic to bring the boat back, but that the carbon emissions from their flights will be compensated for. A spokeswoman for...

Court rejects German girl's bid to join all-boys choir

Aug. 16, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has rejected a 9-year-old girl's bid to join a centuries-old Berlin boys choir. In its ruling Friday, the Berlin administrative court said the choir's right to choose its singers outweighed the principle of gender equality. The girl's lawyer, who is also her mother, claimed...

The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law

Aug. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong laws guaranteeing freedom of speech and rule of law. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Hong Kong's 1997...

Germany charges man with spying for Iran

Aug. 16, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany say they have indicted an army employee with spying for an Iranian intelligence service. The federal prosecutor's office said in a statement that the German-Afghan dual citizen is charged with "a particularly serious case" of treason and of breaching official secrecy...

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

Aug. 16, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday. Asked about reports of a possible imminent meeting, Steffen Seibert told reporters that "indeed, a meeting is planned in the very near future." Seibert said it...

German finance minister offers to join party leadership race

Aug. 16, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister is offering to throw his hat in the ring to lead the center-left Social Democratic Party, a traditional powerhouse in German politics that's seen a sharp drop in support in recent years. The weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday that Olaf Scholz told party colleagues...

Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown, not recession

Aug. 15, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American manufacturers and...

Bolsonaro fires back after Norway, Germany suspend funding

Aug. 15, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro took aim at Germany and Norway after they cut donations for Brazilian forestry projects in criticism of his policies, with the far-right leader saying they should focus on their own environmental problems. "Isn't Norway the one that kills whales up there in...