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Germany keeps COVID restrictions as omicron infections soar

Jan. 24, 2022 13:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's 16 state governors decided Monday to keep existing coronavirus restrictions in place and examine how best to use increasingly strained PCR test capacities as the highly contagious omicron variant fuels a steep rise in infections. ...

Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

Jan. 22, 2022 20:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and said former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate. Murayev is head of the small pro-Russian...

German navy chief resigns following Ukraine comments

Jan. 22, 2022 19:17 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the German navy resigned late Saturday after coming under fire at home and abroad for comments he made on Ukraine and Russia. Speaking at an event in India on Friday, vice admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach had said Ukraine would not regain the Crimean...

Biden issues new warning to Russia over invading Ukraine

Jan. 20, 2022 21:15 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border would constitute an invasion and that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for such an action. It was the latest White House effort to clear up comments Biden made a day...

US says nuclear talks with Iran at 'decisive moment'

Jan. 20, 2022 12:28 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday that talks with Iran over its nuclear program are at a “decisive moment,” and warned that Washington and its allies may change tactics if a deal isn’t reached in the coming weeks. Blinken said that the longer...

German FM: Diplomats shared blame for Holocaust

Jan. 20, 2022 08:02 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister said Thursday that the country's diplomats during the Nazi era shared blame for the Holocaust and she wants more training for staff to speak up against all forms of discrimination. In a statement marking the 80th anniversary of the Wannsee...

German actor Hardy Kruger, star of adventure movies, dies

Jan. 20, 2022 07:58 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Hardy Kruger, considered one of post-war Germany’s best actors, has died. He was 93. His Hamburg-based literary agent, Peter Kaefferlein, said Thursday that Kruger died “suddenly and unexpectedly” Wednesday in California, where he lived with his third wife,...

German Green party leaders face probe over bonus payments

Jan. 19, 2022 14:15 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors have opened an investigation into the leadership of Germany's Green party, including the new vice chancellor and foreign minister, over pandemic bonus payments last winter. Prosecutors and the party on Wednesday confirmed the investigation into a...

Report: German police see surge in fake vaccine certificates

Jan. 19, 2022 10:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Police in Germany are investigating thousands of cases of suspected forgery of coronavirus vaccine certificates, the dpa news agency reported Wednesday. It cited figures obtained from the country's 16 states showing more than 12,000 police investigations have been...

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...