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A wreath is laid at the monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, as part of world observances of the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German death camp Auschwitz.  Some 1.1 million people, mostly Jewish, were killed during World War II. Most observances were held online, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and only few people attended the ceremony at the monument.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Auschwitz survivors mark anniversary online amid pandemic

Jan. 27, 2021 1:30 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Jewish prayer for the souls of the people murdered in the Holocaust echoed Wednesday over where the Warsaw ghetto stood during World War II as a world paused by the coronavirus pandemic observed the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Most International Holocaust...

FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2020 file photo the slogan 'It's Corona Time' is written on the chalkboard of an empty classroom of a high school in Frankfurt, Germany. The German government on Wednesday agreed on a strategy to boost the use of data for commercial purposes and signed a deal with state education authorities to fund laptops for teachers who have to work from home because of the virus lockdown. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Pushed by pandemic, Germany seeks to boost technology use

Jan. 27, 2021 10:39 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday agreed on a strategy to boost the use of data for commercial purposes and signed a deal with state education authorities to fund laptops for teachers who have to work from home because of the virus lockdown. The measures are part of a drive to boost...

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier presents the annual Economic Report 2021 at the federal press Ccnference in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021. The German government has revised its growth forecast for this year down to 3% as Europe’s biggest economy faces persistent headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

German government cuts 2021 economic growth forecast to 3%

Jan. 27, 2021 9:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday cut its growth forecast for this year to 3% as Europe's biggest economy faces persistent headwinds from the coronavirus pandemic. In late October, the government had forecast growth of 4.4% this year. The country started a partial shutdown shortly afterward...

A Rabbi sits in front of Germany's heraldic Eagel as he attends a special meeting of the German Parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 commemorating the victims of the Holocaust on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany remembers Auschwitz liberation in parliament

Jan. 27, 2021 8:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A survivor of the Holocaust and a young Jewish immigrant spoke about their lives in Germany at a special parliamentary session Wednesday commemorating the victims of the Holocaust 76 years after the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. Charlotte Knobloch, 88, and...

Thuringia's state governor Bodo Ramelow  holds his glasses during a break as part of a special plenary session of the Thuringian parliament in Erfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. State governor Ramelow has apologized for referring to her as “little Merkel” during a recent online event, saying he had unintentionally displayed macho behavior. (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)

German governor apologizes for 'little Merkel' comment

Jan. 27, 2021 6:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German state governor has apologized for referring to Chancellor Angela Merkel as “little Merkel” during a recent online event, saying he had unintentionally displayed macho behavior. Bodo Ramelow, who governs the state of Thuringia, told German weekly Die Zeit that he greatly...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 14, 2020 file photo Helge Braun, Head of Federal Chancellery and German Minister for Special Task, poses for a photo after an interview with the Associated Press at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says Germany may have to suspend for several years rules to prevent the government running up new debt as Europe’s biggest economy digests the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

Merkel aide floats long suspension to German debt rule

Jan. 26, 2021 9:15 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff has floated the idea of Germany suspending rules to prevent the government running up new debt for several years as Europe's biggest economy digests the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In an article for Tuesday's edition of the Handelsblatt...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 during an online conference at the Davos Agenda. The Davos Agenda from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2021 is an online edition due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. The global effort in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic is among the major topics facing the Davos forum this year. (Sean Gallup/Pool Photo via AP)

Merkel: pandemic shows German weaknesses, need to cooperate

Jan. 26, 2021 8:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded that the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted significant shortcomings in her country as she told the World Economic Forum on Tuesday that it has underlined the need for international cooperation on issues such as vaccines. Germany had a relatively...

Volunteers take down information as they register people to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination clinic put on by the City of Odessa, Odessa Fire Rescue and Medical Center Hospital Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021 at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas. (Eli Hartman/Odessa American via AP)

The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

Jan. 25, 2021 8:10 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas — The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic. State health officials Monday reported fewer than 13,000 people were being treated for the virus in Texas hospitals,...

President Joe Biden answers questions from reporters in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden tells Merkel he wants to revitalize Germany alliance

Jan. 25, 2021 6:38 PM EST

President Joe Biden told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he is looking to revitalize the transatlantic alliance with Germany, a relationship that became strained under former President Donald Trump. The new president has made a series of calls to his foreign counterparts in recent days as part of...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 file photo, a man wearing a face mask walks past the Corona Center in Duisburg, Germany. The former Musical theater has been turned into a COVID-19 test and vaccination center. Thousands of elderly Germans faced online error messages and jammed up hotlines Monday as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the country's most populous state. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Chaos mars over-80s vaccine start in major German state

Jan. 25, 2021 10:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of elderly Germans faced online error messages and jammed up hotlines Monday as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the country's most populous state. North Rhine-Westphalia, whose population of almost 18 million is bigger than...