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German police launch raids over suspected terror offenses

Jul. 15, 2020 3:04 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police have have raided 20 homes and businesses in Berlin in connection with suspected Islamist terror-related offenses. Some 450 officers were involved in the early morning raids, according to German news agency dpa. The Berlin prosecutor’s office said in a tweet that 20 search...

Helge Braun Head of Federal Chancellery and German Minister for Special Task answered questions during an interview with the Associated Press at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Helge Braun, says Germany has managed to flatten the curve of new coronavirus infections to three per 100,000 inhabitants a week, a very low rate by international comparison, and that the country can avoid a 'second wave' of infections in the fall if citizens keep following rules on social distancing, wearing masks and, if necessary, quarantining in areas that experience spikes in new cases. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany eyes local travel bans to prevent 2nd virus wave

Jul. 14, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The government official overseeing Germany's pandemic response expressed confidence Tuesday that his country can avoid a second big wave of coronavirus cases if people respect rules such as social distancing and wearing masks, but also floated the idea of local quarantines to curb fresh...

Orange Man, Brian McKee, delivers care packages to individuals who are isolating, to celebrate the 12th of July as traditional large-scale parades were cancelled this year due to the pandemic, in east Belfast, Monday, July 13, 2020. The Twelfth is being celebrated on 13 July as 12 July this year fell on a Sunday, to mark the anniversary of the victory of Protestant William of Orange over Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in July 1690. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Strong demand for virus testing services; snacking surges

Jul. 13, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ FRONT LINE VIRUS COMPANIES: — Two vaccine candidates from...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, right, talk prior to a meeting at the German government's guest house 'Meseberg' in Gransee, north of Berlin, Germany, Monday, July 13, 2020. (Tobias Schwarz/Pool Photo via AP)

Merkel: 2nd summit may be needed to forge EU stimulus deal

Jul. 13, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — “Bridges still need to be built” between European Union countries at odds over plans for a massive stimulus package to help the bloc's economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, warning that if a summit this week doesn't result...

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda flashes a victory sign in Pultusk, Poland, Sunday, July 12, 2020. An exit poll in Poland's presidential runoff election shows a tight race that is too close to call between the conservative incumbent, Andrzej Duda, and the liberal Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish president wins 2nd term after bitter campaign

Jul. 13, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory Monday in a runoff election in which he narrowly won a second five-year term, acknowledging the campaign he ran was often too harsh as he appealed for unity and forgiveness. The close race followed a bitter campaign between Duda and...

Anthony Ujah of Union Berlin scores his teams first goal past Goalkeeper, Florian Kastenmeier of Fortuna Dusseldorf during a German Bundesliga soccer match between Union Berlin and Fortuna Duesseldorf in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, June 27, 2020.  (Maja Hitij/dpa via AP, pool)

German club plans mass virus testing to fill stadium again

Jul. 11, 2020 5:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German soccer club Union Berlin is offering free coronavirus tests for more than 20,000 fans as part of a plan to hold games in a full stadium in September. The Bundesliga club will offer testing ahead of each game to 22,012 fans — the stadium's official capacity — and club...

Senior German diplomat meets China's envoy over Hong Kong

Jul. 10, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Foreign Ministry says it invited China's ambassador to meet with one of its top diplomats to again express Berlin's concerns about the situation in Hong Kong. The ministry confirmed a report by daily newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that Deputy Foreign Minister Miguel Berger met...

Exterior view of the German government's press office visitors' center in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 10, 2020. German authorities are investigating suspicions that an employee of the government's press office worked for years for an Egyptian intelligence service, according to Germany's domestic intelligence agency. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

German gov't press office employee probed over Egypt spying

Jul. 10, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating suspicions that an employee of the government's press office worked for years for an Egyptian intelligence service, according to Germany's domestic intelligence agency. The BfV agency said in its annual report, released Thursday, that “executive...

FILE - In this June 27, 2019 file photo a man runs on a small path as the sun rises in Frankfurt, Germany. The world could see average global temperatures 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial average for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. The 1.5-C mark is a key threshold that countries have agreed to limit global warming to, if possible. Scientists say average temperatures around the world are already at least 1 C higher now than during the period from 1850-1900 because of man-made greenhouse emissions.  (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Jul. 9, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The world could see annual global temperatures pass a key threshold for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. The World Meteorological Organization said forecasts suggest there's a 20% chance that global temperatures will be 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7...

Horst Seehofer (CSU), Federal Minister of the Interior, Homeland and Construction, presents the 2019 Report on the Protection of the Constitution at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 9 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP)

Germany sees rise in number of right-wing extremists

Jul. 9, 2020 7:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany recorded a significant rise in the number of right-wing extremists last year, after security agencies added thousands of members of the country's main far-right party to the count. An annual report on extremism in Germany released Thursday estimates the number of right-wing extremists...