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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference with Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic after a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany hosts Libya summit in bid to curb military meddling

Jan. 19, 2020 2:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is bringing together the key players in Libya’s long-running civil war in a bid to curb foreign military meddling, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political process to determine the North African nation’s future. Chancellor Angela Merkel invited leaders from 12...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes some documents as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Merkel, Abu Dhabi crown prince discuss Libya ahead of summit

Jan. 18, 2020 2:48 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the need to end foreign interference in Libya with Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince Saturday, a day before she hosts an international conference on Libya, Merkel's office said. The meeting at Merkel's invitation took place because Crown Prince...

Farmers drive past the Reichstag building with their tractors in Berlin, Saturday, Jan.18, 2020. On the occasion of the Green Week agricultural and food fair, people in Berlin demonstrate for more environmentally friendly agriculture. (Christophe Gateau/dpa via AP)

Protesters in Berlin support environment-friendly farming

Jan. 18, 2020 9:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Demonstrators in Berlin called for more environment-friendly agriculture practices at a protest Saturday in Berlin that included farmers with more than 150 tractors. Thousands of people gathered at the German capital's Brandenburg Gate for the protest under the motto “We've had...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  Erdogan expressed doubt that Khalifa Hifter, the head of the self-styled Libyan National Army, would abide by the cease-fire.

Turkey's Erdogan: Europe must back Libyan govt in Tripoli

Jan. 18, 2020 7:04 AM EST

Ankara (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the European Union to support the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli ahead of a summit in Berlin. In an article published on the Politico website Saturday, Erdogan said European leaders “ought to talk a little...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, center, shakes hands with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, as they surrounded by security in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Greece threatens to block Libya deal over sea border dispute

Jan. 16, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. Mitsotakis' comments during a TV interview came a...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Pompeo hits the road as impeachment trial gets underway

Jan. 16, 2020 2:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Europe and then Latin America this weekend, leaving Washington ahead of the Senate trial for President Donald Trump on impeachment charges, the State Department said Thursday. Pompeo will leave on Saturday to attend an international conference...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, left, and Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi deliver statements to the press, in Amman, Jordan, Monday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Merkel upbeat over cease-fire pledge ahead of Libya meeting

Jan. 16, 2020 1:22 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed assurances Thursday from Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter that he would stick to a cease-fire as world powers prepare to gather in Berlin for a summit on the North African nation's future. Merkel's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, visited Libya's eastern city...

Small plane crashes at airfield near Berlin, killing 2

Jan. 16, 2020 9:43 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A small plane crashed at an airfield near Berlin on Thursday, killing two people, emergency services said. Police said the ultralight plane crashed as it was landing at the Strausberg airfield, east of the German capital, and burned out on the ground, news agency dpa reported. No one else was...

German researchers develop 1st test for new virus from China

Jan. 16, 2020 7:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German researchers said Thursday they have developed the first diagnostic test for a new virus that has emerged in central China. The virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan last year and cases have since been reported in Thailand and Japan. Dozens of people in China have been...