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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, rear center, leads a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Germany downplays flap over Tunisia invite to Libya summit

Jan. 20, 2020 7:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Monday downplayed Tunisia's rejection of a last-minute invitation to a weekend conference on Libya that had ruffled feathers in the North African nation. Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted world powers and other countries that have backed one side or the other in Libya's...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, third left, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, second left, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, fourth right, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, third right, attend the talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Foreign and defense ministers of Russia and Turkey met as part of an effort by Moscow and Ankara to sponsor Monday's talks between rival parties in Libya in the Russian capital. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Libya ceasefire talks in Moscow adjourned for the night

Jan. 13, 2020 11:54 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Talks in Moscow about bringing an end to Libya's long-running civil war have been adjourned for the night after the country's rival governments on Monday considered ceasefire proposals from Russia and Turkey. Fayez Sarraj, the head of Libya's U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli, and his...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands after their joint news conference following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. Merkel visits Moscow to discuss current international issues such as the situation in Syria, Libya, Ukraine, US-Iran tensions, as well as bilateral relations. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

German and Russian leaders discuss Mideast tensions

Jan. 11, 2020 12:29 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks in Moscow on Saturday to discuss growing tensions in the Middle East and other issues. Earlier in the week, the German leader's spokesman described Russia as “indispensable when it comes to solving...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes questions as part of a meeting of the German parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Merkel to meet Putin in Moscow for talks on Mideast crises

Jan. 6, 2020 7:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere, officials said Monday. Merkel and Putin will discuss “current international questions," said Steffen Seibert, the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 14, 2018 file photo from left: German Science and Education Minister Anja Karliczek, Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Mueller, Labor Minister Hubertus Heil, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Helge Braun, Head of the Chancellery, pose for the media during the constitutive cabinet meeting of the new German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Markus Soeder, the leader of the smallest party in Merkel's coalition, said in a weekend interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that “we should rejuvenate and renew the government team by the middle of the year” to give it new momentum. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

German government starts 2020 with new strife over Cabinet

Jan. 6, 2020 7:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition is starting the new year with a new bout of strife — this time over a conservative ally's call for new faces in the Cabinet. Markus Soeder, the leader of the smallest party in Merkel's coalition, said in a weekend interview with the...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel points as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany bans so-called gay conversion therapy for minors

Dec. 18, 2019 10:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is banning so-called gay conversion therapy for minors, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday, saying the practice that purports to make patients straight has no scientific basis and often causes psychological harm. Merkel's Cabinet also outlawed the use of conversion...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 file photo, trucks line up on a highway in Frankfurt, Germany. Germany's parliament is poised to more than double the starting price for carbon dioxide emissions from the transport and heating industries when the charge is introduced in 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Germany set to agree higher CO2 price for transport, heating

Dec. 16, 2019 10:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament is poised to more than double the price at which the transport and heating industries are charged to emit carbon dioxide when a new system is introduced in 2021. The fee will be charged to companies, but like fuel taxes it will end up being consumers who pay. German news...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to French President Emmanuel Macron, center, and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday Dec. 9, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met for the first time Monday at a summit in Paris to try to end five years of war between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists. (Charles Platiau/Pool via AP)

Germany rejects Putin claim on Berlin slaying victim

Dec. 11, 2019 8:16 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday rejected an assertion by Russian President Vladimir Putin that it failed to comply with requests from Moscow to extradite a Georgian man who was killed in Berlin in August. German prosecutors said last week that evidence suggests the slaying was ordered either by Moscow...

CDU party chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer sits on the podium during the German Christian Democrats Party (CDU) convention in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Germany: Merkel’s party rejects full overhaul of coalition

Dec. 2, 2019 6:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is rejecting a root-and-branch renegotiation of the agreement underpinning Germany’s government after the junior coalition partner elected leaders who want new concessions, but it was unclear Monday how acute the risk is of the coalition falling...