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German army to get military rabbis again after 100 years

Dec. 11, 2019 9:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's government decided Wednesday to reintroduce military rabbis, backing a proposal by the Central Council of Jews to restore religious counseling for Jews serving in the armed forces after more than a century without such assistance. “Today, we set an important example for our...

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...

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

Dec. 9, 2019 7:44 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held...

Ukraine faces new challenges in peace talks with Russia

Dec. 8, 2019 6:54 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sits down Monday for peace talks in Paris with Russian President Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face meeting, the stakes couldn't be higher. More than five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and...

Germany: Merkel party criticizes ally's call for concessions

Dec. 8, 2019 5:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says she would have liked a clear signal from its junior governing partner that it intends to stay in Merkel's coalition, and is deeply skeptical about its calls for new concessions. The Social Democrats, the junior partner in Merkel's...

German minister urges more action against Russia on killing

Dec. 8, 2019 4:30 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister is calling for the government to turn up the pressure on Russia over a killing in Berlin that prosecutors say appears to have been ordered by Russian or Chechen authorities. Germany expelled two Russian diplomats on Wednesday over the brazen killing of a Georgian...

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

Dec. 6, 2019 6:46 PM EST

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered more than a million people. Merkel noted that her...

Germany: Merkel's partners give coalition 'realistic chance'

Dec. 6, 2019 1:11 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's junior governing party is giving Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition a “realistic chance” of survival, one of its new leaders said Friday before winning a mandate to seek new concessions. The party rejected a call to leave the government immediately. A congress of the...

Poland wants to buy site of WWII Nazi death camp in Austria

Dec. 6, 2019 1:03 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister said Friday his government wants to buy from Austria the site of the former Nazi German death camp Mauthausen-Gusen where tens of thousands of Poles were killed during World War II. Premier Mateusz Morawiecki said the intention is to preserve the memory of some...

Germany: 'No understanding' for Russia outrage on expulsions

Dec. 6, 2019 6:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff is urging Russia to support the investigation of a killing prosecutors say appears to have ordered by Russian or Chechen authorities, and says he has “no understanding" for outraged reactions from Moscow. Germany expelled two Russian...