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Berlin memorial to Polish WWII victims moves a step closer

Sep. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A memorial in Berlin to the Polish victims of World War II has moved a step closer to realization, and Germany's foreign minister said Wednesday that construction should start during the next German parliament's four-year term. The project was mandated...

Donors pledge $1.2 billion in emergency funds for Afghans

Sep. 13, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations drummed up more than $1.2 billion in emergency pledges Monday for helping 11 million Afghans facing an escalating humanitarian crisis in their homeland and millions more elsewhere in the region as the U.N. human rights chief voiced concerns about the...

German FM arrives in Libya to reopen country's embassy

Sep. 09, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister arrived in Libya on Thursday to reopen the country's embassy in Tripoli. “Today, we want to show with the reopening that Germany is and will remain a committed partner of Libya,” Heiko Maas said upon his arrival in Tripoli....

The Latest: Taliban decrees end to unapproved demonstrations

Sep. 08, 2021 23:10 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The interior ministry of the new Taliban government is seeking to end protests in Afghanistan after days of demonstrations that have brought heavy-handed assaults on protesters. The minister has issued an order to end all protests in the country —...

Blinken to Taliban: Any legitimacy 'will have to be earned'

Sep. 08, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that any legitimacy or international support for the Taliban “will have to be earned” after Afghanistan's new rulers announced an interim government that drew a deeply skeptical Western response. ...

US, Germany press for Iran to return soon to nuclear talks

Sep. 08, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — The U.S. and Germany on Wednesday stepped up pressure on Iran to return soon to talks on its nuclear program, with Germany's foreign minister saying that a delay of two or three months floated by Tehran is too long. The remaining...

Some Afghans evacuated by US seek asylum in Germany

Sep. 07, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of people evacuated from Afghanistan by the United States military have applied for asylum in Germany during their layovers at the Ramstein U.S. Air Base, officials said Tuesday. So far about 90 people, a fraction of the roughly 34,000 flown to...

The Latest: UN chief to hold meeting on Afghanistan funding

Sep. 03, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations chief will convene a ministerial meeting in Geneva on Sept. 13 to seek a swift scale-up in funding to address the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, where nearly half the country’s 38 million people need assistance. U.N....

The Latest: Milley praises those who served in Afghanistan

Aug. 31, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reflected on the Afghanistan war’s end and delivered an emotional tribute Tuesday to the 13 service members killed by a suicide bombing last week. Gen. Mark Milley said the military’s counterterrorism efforts...

EU backs helping Afghanistan's neighbors cope with refugees

Aug. 31, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union justice and home affairs ministers pledged Tuesday to support Afghanistan's neighbors to help them host people fleeing the new Taliban regime and prevent a new wave of migrants heading to Europe. In a closing statement following a meeting...