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  • Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier cited the "barbaric" actions of the Islamic State group that has taken control of large parts of Iraq in recent weeks, and the...

  • WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

    BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations. A stretch of the A3 highway near Offenbach, outside Frankfurt, was closed Tuesday after the 500-kilogram British bomb...

  • Germany's Merkel to visit Ukraine on Saturday

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Kiev on Saturday and meet with top officials, making her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted. Merkel is making the visit at Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's invitation and also will meet with Prime Minister...

  • 2014 shaping up to be third-hottest year ever

    Global temperatures were 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average for January through July, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

  • Germany charges man on Iran smuggling charges

    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they've charged a German-Iranian man with supplying Iran with components for use in its missile program. Federal prosecutors alleged Monday that Dr. Ali Reza B., 63, whose last name wasn't given in accordance with German privacy laws, provided Iran with...

  • Turkey calls German ambassador over spying claims

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Monday summoned Germany's ambassador and demanded that Berlin provide a "formal and satisfactory explanation" over reports that said Germany's foreign intelligence agency had eavesdropped on conversations between officials in the U.S. and Turkey, both NATO allies....

  • Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. The respected news weekly reported that the agency, known by its German acronym BND, tapped a...

  • Merkel to Putin: Halt flow of arms to Ukraine

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel has pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the flow of military goods and personnel into Ukraine ahead of a weekend meeting of foreign ministers aimed at easing tensions. Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a...

  • Berlin taxi drivers hail city's Uber ban

    BERLIN (AP) — Berlin taxi drivers were celebrating Thursday after authorities banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city because of safety concerns. In a decree Wednesday, Berlin authorities said they wouldn't tolerate Uber putting customers at risk by allowing them to ride...

  • Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts. Jon...

  • Pope speaks in German to 50,000 Catholic kids

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis brushed off his German on Tuesday to greet some 50,000 German-speaking young people on a pilgrimage to Rome. Francis followed the all-German program during the evening vigil service in St. Peter's Square and read from prepared German texts. Unlike his...

  • German court ends Ecclestone bribery trial

    Bernie Ecclestone is free to concentrate on running Formula One after a German court dropped a bribery case against him Tuesday in exchange for a $100 million payment. After hearing more than three months of evidence, the Munich state court cited significant doubts that Ecclestone could be...

  • Germany nixes Russia military simulator deal

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Monday it has revoked permission for the delivery of a field exercise simulator to the Russian military, blocking a deal it had already put on hold and going beyond a European Union arms embargo that allows existing contracts to be fulfilled. Defense and...

  • The July Crisis of 1914 echoes the modern phrase 'leading from behind'

    Military historian A. A. Nofi told me that in 1914, Kaiser Wilhelm definitely believed the Austrians had won the diplomatic struggle over the murder of Austro-Hungarian Empire Archduke Ferdinand. However, he failed "to fully grasp that the Austrians wanted a war to crush the Serbs."



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