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Blinken to meet with senior Russian as Ukraine tensions soar

Jan. 18, 2022 20:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with his Russian counterpart in Switzerland this week as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, the State Department said Tuesday. The State Department said Blinken...

Timeline of NBA in 1980s as league celebrates 75th season

Jan. 17, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Timeline of the National Basketball Association during the 1980s. The timeline includes milestone moments in the league’s history and key moments off the court as the NBA celebrates its 75th season: Feb. 22, 1980: The U.S. men’s ice hockey team beats the Soviet Union 4-3 in the...

German med students praised for standing up to protesters

Jan. 14, 2022 10:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German officials have praised a group of medical students who held a silent vigil outside a hospital in Dresden late Thursday in protest against a rally by far-right vaccine skeptics. Saxony's governor, Michael Kretschmer, thanked the students Friday on Twitter,...

Berlin Film Festival taking place in person despite pandemic

Jan. 12, 2022 12:48 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin International Film Festival is going to take place in person next month despite rising virus numbers in Germany, especially in the capital, organizers said Wednesday. “We are aware of the challenges posed by the unpredictable course of the pandemic,”...

German president calls for debate over COVID vaccine mandate

Jan. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's president called Wednesday for a thorough debate over plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccinations for all adults in the country, saying such a drastic measure needs to be fully justified. Chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed calls for a vaccine mandate and...

Germany faces 'gigantic' task meeting energy, climate goals

Jan. 11, 2022 08:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's new climate minister said Tuesday that the country faces a “gigantic” task if it wants to achieve its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring sufficient energy for its energy-hungry industry. Robert Habeck, a member of the...

German vaccine mandate may take months to pass, parties say

Jan. 09, 2022 12:54 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's ruling parties are hitting the brakes on plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccinations, saying it may take months for lawmakers to properly debate the contentious measure in parliament. Berlin daily Tagesspiegel on Sunday quoted Dirk Wiese, a deputy...

German teacher convicted of 'cannibalism fantasy' killing

Jan. 07, 2022 14:19 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin teacher was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison on Friday for the killing of another man that the court said was carried out as part of “cannibalism fantasies.” The 42-year-old, who has been identified only as Stefan R. in keeping with...

Germany to toughen restaurant rules, cut COVID quarantine

Jan. 07, 2022 12:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s leaders agreed Friday to toughen requirements for entry to restaurants and bars, and decided to shorten quarantine and self-isolation periods as the omicron variant spreads fast through the country. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state governors built...

Stance on Russia, China a test for new German government

Jan. 06, 2022 13:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Germany has found itself facing a series of challenges in its relations with Russia and China that have been testing the foreign policy mettle of the new government since it took office last month. Among them are Moscow’s military buildup near Ukraine and the...