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German president: Buchenwald a reminder of Nazi 'barbarism'

Apr. 11, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

WEIMAR, Germany (AP) — Germany’s president on Sunday marked the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp by reminding his compatriots of the inconceivable atrocities the Nazis committed there during the Third Reich. “Communists and...

Hans Kueng, dissident Catholic theologian, dies at 93

Apr. 06, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hans Kueng, a Roman Catholic theologian who was an early colleague and friend of the future Pope Benedict XVI but later fell foul of the Vatican for challenging church doctrine and became a vocal critic of the pontiff, has died. He was 93. Kueng died...

Germany faces 'crisis of trust' in pandemic, president says

Apr. 03, 2021 07:15 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's president says the country is enduring a “crisis of trust” and urged people to “pull together” as they weather a second Easter amid pandemic restrictions and dissatisfaction over the government’s response. In the text of an...

Merkel: 'A quiet Easter' needed to counter rising infections

Apr. 01, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked citizens Thursday to consider the strain that nurses and doctors are under as they care for a rising number of COVID-19 patients and help them by respecting social distancing and other rules over Easter. Germany's...

Scientist behind coronavirus shot says next target is cancer

Mar. 19, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The scientist who won the race to deliver the first widely used coronavirus vaccine says people can rest assured the shots are safe, and the technology behind it will soon be used to fight another global scourge — cancer. Ozlem Tureci, who co-founded the...

UN to rich nations: Don't undermine COVAX vaccine program

Feb. 22, 2021 12:55 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization pleaded with rich countries on Monday to check before ordering additional COVID-19 vaccine shots for themselves whether that undermines efforts to get vaccine shots to poorer nations. Wealthy nations have snapped...

Germany commemorates victims of racist shooting, 1 year on

Feb. 19, 2021 08:16 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Top officials, religious leaders and soccer stars are commemorating the victims of a racist attack in the German town of Hanau, one year after the gunman shot dead nine people with immigrant backgrounds in downtown cafes and bars before killing his mother and then himself. ...

Algerian president returns home after virus-linked operation

Feb. 12, 2021 14:47 PM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's president returned home on Friday following a month's hospitalization in Germany after contracting COVID-19 in October. It was Abdelmadjid Tebboune's second stint in a German hospital, this time for an operation on his right foot...

Germany defends Russia pipeline, mum on reported offer to US

Feb. 10, 2021 12:38 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister on Wednesday defended proceeding with a new undersea gas pipeline from Russia that faces strong opposition from the U.S. and eastern Europe, arguing that scrapping it could have adverse geopolitical consequences. Foreign Minister...

German virus death toll tops 50,000 even as infections sink

Jan. 22, 2021 06:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in Germany has passed 50,000, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally declining. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another...