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Twins' Max Kepler retraces steps in trip back to Germany

Nov. 18, 2019 5:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — When Max Kepler makes an acrobatic catch for the Minnesota Twins, perhaps he owes a bit to his parents. Back in his hometown of Berlin, the 26-year-old outfielder paid tribute to his parents, professional ballet dancers Kathy Kepler and Marek Rozycki. “I used to sit in the wings and...

Germany to assess risks from deported IS suspects

Nov. 15, 2019 10:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says security services will assess the risks posed by suspected Islamic State group members deported home to Germany by Turkey. Merkel said Friday that Germany’s joint counter-terrorism center would apply the same procedures to them as with people...

Congo’s president hopes Ebola outbreak will end this year

Nov. 15, 2019 8:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi says he’s hopeful the Ebola outbreak in his country will end in the coming weeks. Tshisekedi said Friday a few cases of the deadly contagious disease remain in the eastern province of Ituri but “we think we can end it completely by the end of...

EU bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects in 2 years

Nov. 14, 2019 3:37 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Investment Bank said Thursday that it will stop financing fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021 as part of an effort to fight climate change. The decision, which ends fossil fuel funding a year later than initially proposed, follows lengthy negotiations among European...

The Latest: Germany detains 7 people deported by Turkey

Nov. 14, 2019 12:58 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey deporting captured Islamic State suspects to their home countries. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. German federal police say they have detained seven people deported by Turkey for alleged Islamic State links. Federal police detained them as they arrived Thursday...

German prosecutors: Soldier may have fabricated attack story

Nov. 14, 2019 5:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin prosecutors say they are investigating whether a soldier with Turkish heritage made up a claim that he was assaulted by men who told him he didn’t have the right to wear a German uniform. Prosecutors said Thursday they have found contradictions in the soldier’s claims...

Tesla to build factory in Germany after subsidies announced

Nov. 13, 2019 12:35 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany on Wednesday hailed Tesla’s decision to build its first European factory in the country, days after the government said it would boost subsidies for buyers of electric cars. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an awards ceremony in the German capital Tuesday evening that...

German parliament committee ousts far-right chairman

Nov. 13, 2019 11:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament’s legal affairs committee on Wednesday ousted its chairman, a member of the far-right Alternative for Germany party, amid anger over a string of inflammatory comments he had made. The committee voted 37-6 Wednesday to remove chairman Stephan Brandner — the...

Germany split over EU bank plan to nix fossil fuel funding

Nov. 13, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Officials say the German government is split over whether to back a proposal for the European Investment Bank to stop funding fossil fuel projects. Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the government in an op-ed Wednesday to support the proposal that would see the EIB phase out its...

German intelligence agencies open new spy school in Berlin

Nov. 12, 2019 1:09 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A room full of grey suits, strict instructions only to photograph the audience from behind and — of course — a medley of James Bond tunes to lighten the mood. Germany's intelligence agencies on Tuesday inaugurated a joint training center in the heart of Berlin, a city that was...