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France, Germany, Ukraine call for Russian troops withdrawal

Apr. 16, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of France and Germany are demanding the withdrawal of Russian troop reinforcements recently deployed at the border with Ukraine, the German chancellor's office said Friday after the two heads of state held security talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy....

3 resign from Auschwitz council after politician appointed

Apr. 16, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three members of an advisory council for the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland have resigned after the government appointed a former prime minister and top member of the country's right-wing ruling party to serve on the council. Culture Minister...

German's IDT to make 10M AstraZeneca vaccine doses in 2021

Apr. 16, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German vaccine-maker IDT Biologika said Friday it plans to bottle this year some 10 million doses of the coronavirus shot developed by AstraZeneca. IDT Biologika and AstraZeneca previously announced they would expand production capacity for the...

Portugal reaps benefits of a prolonged COVID-19 lockdown

Apr. 16, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — While most of the Europe Union grapples with new surges of COVID-19 cases and brings back curbs on what people can do, Portugal is going in the other direction. Starting Monday, the Portuguese will be able to go to restaurants, shopping malls and...

Polish civic groups oppose 'takeover' of human rights office

Apr. 16, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — More than 120 Polish organizations have voiced opposition to what they call “the hostile takeover” of the office of the country's human rights commissioner. Their joint statement published Friday comes a day after the government-controlled...

EU-UK talks over Brexit fail to reach breakthrough

Apr. 16, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union and British officials failed to get a breakthrough at talks on Northern Ireland trade rules and said Friday that contact would continue over the coming weeks. The dinner meeting late Thursday between European Commission Vice President...

Greek, Turkish FMs meet to mend ties, trade barbs instead

Apr. 15, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A meeting aimed to improve fraught ties between NATO allies Greece and Turkey quickly descended into a tense exchange of accusations between the two neighbors' foreign ministers on Thursday. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias traveled to Ankara...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the conflict in eastern Ukraine?

Apr. 15, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions are rising over the conflict in eastern Ukraine, with growing violations of a cease-fire and a massive Russian military buildup near its border with the region. Ukraine and the West have become worried about the Russian...

Ukraine seeks stronger Western backing amid Russian buildup

Apr. 15, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top diplomat asked Thursday for stronger Western backing, saying “words of support aren't enough” amid escalating tensions in the country’s east and a Russian troop buildup across the border. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba,...

Mercedes rolls out luxury electric car in duel with Tesla

Apr. 15, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Daimler AG on Thursday unveiled a battery-powered counterpart to its top Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan as German carmakers ramp up their challenge to electric upstart Tesla. The EQS is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be built on a framework...