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Co-leader leaves far-right Alternative for Germany party

Jan. 28, 2022 11:44 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany said Friday that its co-leader Joerg Meuthen, a relative moderate, is leaving the party. Meuthen, a prominent figure throughout the party’s nine-year history, told public broadcaster ARD he was quitting because Alternative for...

6 men on trial over spectacular Dresden museum jewelry heist

Jan. 28, 2022 11:25 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Six men went on trial Friday in Germany over a spectacular theft of 18th-century treasures from Dresden’s Green Vault Museum in 2019. The defendants, aged 22 to 28, appeared before a regional court in the eastern German city accused of gang robbery and arson. The...

Ukraine crisis updates: What to know amid the fears of war

Jan. 28, 2022 11:23 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — High-stakes diplomacy continued on Friday in a bid to avert a war in Eastern Europe. The urgent efforts come as 100,000 Russian troops are massed near Ukraine's border and the Biden administration worries that Russian President Vladimir Putin will mount some sort of...

German woman allegedly took 6yo daughter to watch IS stoning

Jan. 28, 2022 06:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German who allegedly took her young daughter to watch a woman being stoned while in Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been charged with membership in the extremist group and other offenses, federal prosecutors said Friday. The woman, identified only as...

Germany says omicron surge 'under control' despite records

Jan. 28, 2022 06:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's coronavirus surge fueled by the omicron variant remains “under control” despite a string of new infection records, the country's health minister said Friday. Cases as a result of the highly contagious variant in the European Union's most populous nation...

German economy shrank 0.7% in 4th quarter as COVID resurged

Jan. 28, 2022 05:08 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German economy shrank by 0.7% in last year's fourth quarter amid a resurgence in coronavirus infections and new restrictions, official figures showed Friday. The quarter-on-quarter decline reported by the Federal Statistical Office followed two quarters of solid...

Germany: Brexit pushed exports to UK down 2.5% last year

Jan. 28, 2022 02:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German exports to the U.K. dropped another 2.5% last year, the first full year of Brexit, following a huge decline in 2020 in the first stage of the coronavirus pandemic, according to official figures released Friday. Exports from Germany, which has Europe's biggest...

Biden says Russian invasion in Feb. 'distinct possibility'

Jan. 27, 2022 19:31 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The White House says President Joe Biden warned Ukraine's president Thursday that there is a “distinct possibility” Russia could take military action against Ukraine in February. The Kremlin likewise sounded a grim note, saying it saw “little ground for optimism” in...

Ukraine crisis updates: What to know as tensions rise

Jan. 27, 2022 19:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and NATO have made no concessions to the main Russian demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, including giving Moscow a guarantee that its western neighbor can never join the alliance. The focus is now on how Russia will respond — a...

World remembers Holocaust as antisemitism rises in pandemic

Jan. 27, 2022 15:36 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Survivors recalled their agony to a world they fear is forgetting, Israel's parliamentary speaker wept in the German parliament and politicians warned of a resurgence of antisemitism on Thursday's International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The day falls on the...