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Western officials and Kremlin critics blame Putin and his government for Navalny's death in prison

Feb. 16, 2024 19:30 PM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — World leaders and Russian opposition activists wasted no time Friday in blaming the reported death of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny on President Vladimir Putin and his government. “It is obvious that he was killed by Putin,” said Ukrainian...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy in Paris signed security agreement with France after similar deal with Germany

Feb. 16, 2024 17:45 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday signed a 10-year bilateral security agreement with France hours after he officialized a similar one with Germany. The agreements send a strong signal of long-term backing as Kyiv works to shore up Western support nearly two years...

Alexei Navalny, galvanizing opposition leader and Putin’s fiercest foe, died in prison, Russia says

Feb. 16, 2024 17:11 PM EST

Alexei Navalny, who crusaded against official corruption and staged massive anti-Kremlin protests as President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest foe, died Friday in the Arctic penal colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence, Russia’s prison agency said. He was 47. The stunning news...

German chancellor welcomes Microsoft's 3.2 billion euro AI investment in Germany

Feb. 15, 2024 07:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed an announcement Thursday by Microsoft that it would invest almost 3.3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in Germany over the next two years to massively expand its data center capacities for applications in the field of artificial intelligence and...

Poland, France and Germany vow to make Europe stronger as fears grow over Russia and Trump

Feb. 12, 2024 16:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The governments of Poland, France and Germany vowed Monday to make Europe a security and defense power with a greater ability to back Ukraine, amid concerns that former U.S. President Donald Trump might return to the White House and allow Russia to expand its aggression on the...

German, Danish leaders launch construction of new ammunition plant as Europe ramps up production

Feb. 12, 2024 09:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Germany and Denmark joined in a ground-breaking ceremony for a new ammunition factory on Monday, underlining Europe's efforts to ramp up its weapons production as Russia's war in Ukraine grinds on. The plant being built by defense company Rheinmetall at...

Partial rerun of Germany's 2021 election in Berlin costs a governing party 1 seat

Feb. 12, 2024 03:33 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A partial rerun of Germany's 2021 election in Berlin brought a decline in support for the governing parties and cost one of them a seat in parliament, but led to no significant overall change, official results showed Monday. The repeat election was held Sunday in 455...

US Sen. Coons and German Chancellor Scholz see double at Washington meeting

Feb. 10, 2024 09:46 AM EST

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz were seeing double when they met in Washington, D.C., this week and went on social media to share their mirror image with the world. The Delaware Democrat and the leader of Germany's coalition government share an uncommon...

Biden calls GOP holdup of Ukraine aid 'close to criminal neglect' as he meets with Germany's Scholz

Feb. 09, 2024 17:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that a Republican holdup on sending new U.S. aid to Ukraine for its war with Russia was “close to criminal neglect” as he huddled with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz about U.S. and Europe's efforts to maintain support for Kyiv. ...

Germany's Scholz heads to Washington, seeking a clear signal to Putin on aid for Ukraine

Feb. 08, 2024 10:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz pushed for further U.S. and European aid for Ukraine as he set off Thursday for a visit to Washington, declaring it was time to send Russian President Vladimir Putin a “very clear signal” that the West won't let up on supporting Kyiv. ...