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Piero Terracina, Rome Jew who survived Nazi death camp, dies

Dec. 8, 2019 1:23 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Piero Terracina, described as the last survivor among the Roman Jews who were deported from the Italian capital to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died at 91. Terracina died on Sunday, Rome's Jewish Community said. As a 15-year-old, he escaped the roundup by German occupying troops of...

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...

World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

Dec. 6, 2019 11:37 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move that could see the case brought before the UN Security Council and a “snapback” of sanctions...

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...

German farmers won’t appeal climate lawsuit defeat

Dec. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Three German farming families say they won’t appeal a court’s decision to dismiss their climate change lawsuit against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government. The families, who were backed by environmental group Greenpeace, said Thursday that the ruling in October had set an...

Activists apologize for use of Holocaust victims’ remains

Dec. 5, 2019 4:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An activist group has apologized to Jewish organizations outraged over their use of purported Holocaust victims’ remains in an installation outside Germany’s parliament building meant to draw attention to the perils of far-right extremism. The Center for Political Beauty, a...