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Germany embarks on tricky search for post-Merkel government

Sep. 27, 2021 04:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is embarking on a potentially lengthy search for its next government after the center-left Social Democrats narrowly beat outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc in an election that failed to set a clear direction for Europe's biggest economy under a new...

EXPLAINER: How and when Germany will form a new government

Sep. 27, 2021 05:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's voters have delivered their verdict. Now it's up to party leaders to thrash out who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in office and with what political priorities. The shape of Germany's new Bundestag, or lower house of...

Biden, Congress face big week for agenda, government funding

Sep. 27, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a consequential week for President Joe Biden's agenda, as Democratic leaders delicately trim back his $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better" package to win over remaining lawmakers and work to quickly pass legislation to avoid a federal shutdown. An...

Biden plan seeks to expand education, from pre-K to college

Sep. 27, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Democrats push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion rebuilding plan, they’re promising historic investments across the arc of an education — from early childhood to college and beyond — in what advocates describe as the most comprehensive package of...

Investigators seek cause of deadly Montana train derailment

Sep. 27, 2021 01:05 AM EDT

JOPLIN, Mont. (AP) — Federal investigators are seeking the cause of an Amtrak train derailment near a switch on tracks in the middle of vast farmland in far northern Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized over the weekend. The westbound Empire...

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

Sep. 27, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to...

Haitians returning to a homeland that's far from welcoming

Sep. 26, 2021 13:19 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Deported from the United States, Pierre Charles landed a week ago in Port-au-Prince, a capital more dangerous and dystopian than the one he’d left four years before. Unable to reach his family, he left the airport alone, on foot. Charles...

Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

Sep. 27, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old...

India's farmers renew protests, challenging Modi government

Sep. 27, 2021 04:49 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indian farmers blocked traffic on major roads and railway tracks outside of the nation's capital on Monday, marking one year of demonstrations against government-backed laws that they say will shatter their livelihoods. The farmers have...

Top US general: Whisperer to presidents, target of intrigue

Sep. 27, 2021 05:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gen. Mark Milley has been the target of more political intrigue and debate in two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff than any of his recent predecessors were in four. One after another, political firestorms have ignited around him — unusual for an officer who...

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Berliners in favor of measure to expropriate 240,000 flats

Sep. 27, 2021 05:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Voters in Berlin backed a controversial proposal for the Berlin city government to take over about 240,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to curb sharply rising rents in the German capital. The count of Sunday's referendum showed that...

US officials: Biden aide to meet Saudi crown prince on Yemen

Sep. 27, 2021 05:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan is traveling to Saudi Arabia on Monday to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the U.S. tries to press the kingdom to move toward a cease-fire in its yearslong war with Houthi rebels in Yemen. ...

EXPLAINER: How and when Germany will form a new government

Sep. 27, 2021 05:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's voters have delivered their verdict. Now it's up to party leaders to thrash out who will succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel after 16 years in office and with what political priorities. The shape of Germany's new Bundestag, or lower house of...

'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' sashays home with 10 Tony Awards

Sep. 27, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” a jukebox adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 movie, won the best new musical crown at the Tony Awards on a Sunday night when Broadway looked back to honor shows shuttered by COVID-19, mourn its fallen and also look forward to...

Scientists: Spanish volcano has entered 'low activity' phase

Sep. 27, 2021 05:23 AM EDT

LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — A Spanish island volcano that has buried more than 500 buildings and displaced over 6,000 people since it erupted last week stopped releasing large clouds of ashes and molten rock on Monday, although scientists said it was too early to declare the eruption...

Strong quake hits Greek island of Crete; 1 dead, 9 injured

Sep. 27, 2021 05:20 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 5.8 struck the Greek island of Crete on Monday, killing one person and injuring several others, while damaging homes and churches and causing rock slides near the country's fourth-largest city. ...

China's factories, households grapple with power cuts

Sep. 27, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global shoppers face possible shortages of smartphones and other goods ahead of Christmas after power cuts to meet government energy use targets forced Chinese factories to shut down and left some households in the dark. In the northeastern city of...

Global shares mixed as virus fears cloud economic outlook

Sep. 27, 2021 05:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Monday, as fears of further waves of coronavirus outbreaks clouded the economic outlook for the region, tempering gains. France's CAC 40 added 0.6% to 6,678.66 in early trading, while Germany's DAX gained nearly 0.9% to 15,667.40....

Shadow contracts, corruption keep the lights out in Iraq

Sep. 27, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — In the Baghdad suburb of Sadr City, glossy election campaign posters are plastered alongside jungles of sagging electrical wires lining the alleyway to Abu Ammar’s home. But his mind is far from Iraq’s Oct. 10 federal election. The 56-year-old...

Glass leading COVID-19 support at UT Medical Center

Sep. 27, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's assistant adjutant general-air will lead the Defense Department's COVID-19 support at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, the National Guard announced. Col. Jason Glass was named Tennessee's dual-status commander...