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Bavarian state minister for health and nursing Melanie Huml, President of the Bavarian state office for health and food safety Dr. Andreas Zapf, second right, and Bavarian head of the task force of infectious diseases Dr. Martin Hoch, right, brief the media during a news conference, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Germany has declared its first confirmed case of the deadly coronavirus that broke out in China. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Germany confirms 1st cases of new virus from China

Jan. 28, 2020 4:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A man confirmed as Germany's first case of the new virus that emerged in central China is believed to have been infected by a Chinese colleague who visited his workplace, authorities said. Another three cases were confirmed later Tuesday, all connected to the first. The 33-year-old man from...

Germany rejigs reconnaissance system plan, drops US drones

Jan. 28, 2020 12:33 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany said Tuesday it is abandoning plans to install a new airborne reconnaissance system on U.S.-made drones and will instead install it on manned aircraft. The defense ministry said it concluded that the existing plan wouldn't allow it to get the system up and running by 2025, as called...

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, and Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, right, sing as they attend a performance of the school choir during their visit at the Jewish Moses Mendelssohn school in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)

Israeli president warns of hatred during Berlin school visit

Jan. 28, 2020 7:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin visited a centuries-old Jewish high school in Berlin on Tuesday, telling students from a mix of religious and ethnic backgrounds about the importance of learning about diversity and different identities in order to counter hatred. Sitting alongside German...

This Jan. 27, 2020, photo provided by Dr. Khamis Hassan Bakari of Tanzania, shows an empty street in Wuhan, China. Bakari is among more than 4,000 African students in the Chinese city of 11 million people, and has been sending updates on social media about the outbreak of a new virus to the more than 400 other Tanzanian students in Wuhan, as China’s astonishing lockdown of more than 30 million people continues. (Khamis Hassan Bakari via AP)

Countries evaluate evacuation of citizens in virus epicenter

Jan. 27, 2020 7:43 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Countries with citizens in the central Chinese city that's the epicenter of a viral outbreak are planning evacuations as the number of illnesses grow and China takes drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the virus. A look at steps being taken: — CHINA: The government cut...

Germany wants consequences for those breaking Libya embargo

Jan. 27, 2020 1:03 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister called Monday for countries that break the U.N. embargo on arms exports to Libya to face consequences. Heiko Maas told reporters he was “under no illusion” that much work is still needed to put into practice decisions taken at a recent high-level...

Indonesian migrant workers wear face masks as they play the traditional music instrument

UN health chief visits China to help with virus containment

Jan. 27, 2020 10:26 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — 11:20 p.m. The director-general of the World Health Organization has flown to China to meet with government officials and health experts trying to contain the spread of a deadly virus that has killed 81 people in China and infected 2,750. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of WHO,...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the situation in Libya and Venezuela, the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Sahel, and climate diplomacy. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

Jan. 26, 2020 7:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country. Heiko Maas said in an article Sunday for the weekly Der Spiegel that German politicians must do more “but there is one thing they...

German military resumes training troops in northern Iraq

Jan. 26, 2020 4:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German military resumed training Iraqi troops in the country's Kurdish north on Sunday, about three weeks after it was suspended following the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general in Baghdad. The military said the commander of the international operation fighting the Islamic State group...

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, shakes hands wit Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, following their joint news conference after their meeting in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Merkel met Erdogan for talks that are expected to focus on the future of a migration deal between Turkey and the EU that helped decrease refugee flows to Europe.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Erdogan urges international pressure on Libya's Hifter

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged international pressure to force the head of Libya's eastern-based forces to abide by a tentative truce and said Turkey was determined to continue supporting Libya's U.N.-backed government. Erdogan made the comments following meetings in...

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, center, looks at European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni, front left, and European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos, front right, as he arrives to an European Finance Ministers meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Germany says UK will face costs from Brexit

Jan. 24, 2020 8:26 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German finance minister says he is confident that his country won’t suffer from Brexit but that Britain will inevitably face “consequences” from its decision to leave the European Union. At a panel at the World Economic Forum, Olaf Scholz said Britain’s...