- Turkey's Erdogan chases critics at home and abroad Updated: Apr-26-16 7:13 am
ISTANBUL - Ebru Umar was sleeping in her summer residence on Turkey's Aegean coast when police arrived at her door and took her away for questioning about two of her tweets that were deemed offensive to Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Obama boosts Islamic State fight, asks Europe to do the same Updated: Apr-25-16 7:06 pm
HANNOVER, Germany - Evoking history and appealing for solidarity, President Barack Obama on Monday cast his decision to send 250 more troops to Syria as a bid to keep up "momentum" in the campaign to dislodge Islamic State extremists. He pressed European allies to match the U.S. with new contributions of their own.
- Merkel hints at further military effort in Libya after talks Updated: Apr-25-16 1:47 pm
HANNOVER, Germany - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she, U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of France, Britain and Italy discussed ways of supporting the fragile unity government in Libya and the possibility of expanding military efforts to stop the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean.
- The Latest: Obama meeting with European leaders Updated: Apr-25-16 8:51 am
HANNOVER, Germany - The Latest on President Barack Obama's visit to Germany (all times local):
- Obama dismisses NKorea proposal on halting nuke tests Updated: Apr-24-16 2:15 pm
NEW YORK - A day after North Korea's foreign minister told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."
- Turkish-Dutch journalist detained over Erdogan tweet Updated: Apr-24-16 12:21 pm
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish authorities on Sunday released a Turkish-Dutch journalist from police custody but barred her from leaving Turkey as they continue to investigate tweets she posted about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- New Hampshire reps to attend big trade show in Germany Updated: Apr-24-16 11:12 am
CONCORD, New Hampshire - Members of New Hampshire's Division of Economic Development are taking part in what's billed world's largest trade show for industrial technology.
- German president near decision on whether to seek 2nd term Updated: Apr-24-16 5:45 am
BERLIN - Germany's president says he will announce soon whether he wants a second five-year term, a decision that would spare Chancellor Angela Merkel a significant political headache.
- Turkey hails 'effective' migrant deal as EU leaders visit Updated: Apr-23-16 5:06 pm
GAZIANTEP, Turkey - Turkey's prime minister said Saturday the number of migrants crossing into Greece illegally has dropped considerably, as proof that a much criticized migration deal between Turkey and the European Union is working.
- Trans-Atlantic trade deal in focus when Obama visits Germany Updated: Apr-23-16 11:17 am
BERLIN - When President Barack Obama opens the world's largest industrial fair in the northern German city of Hannover on Sunday, he'll be leading a delegation of American companies hoping to conquer new markets abroad. He'll also be trying to complete one of his presidency's main pieces of unfinished business - a trans-Atlantic trade pact.
- German minister rejects raising retirement age to 70 Updated: Apr-23-16 7:58 am
BERLIN - Germany's labor minister is rejecting suggestions by conservatives, including the finance minister, that the retirement age should be raised to as late as 70.
- German leader regrets voicing opinion on Erdogan poem Updated: Apr-22-16 2:36 pm
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she regrets expressing her personal view that a TV comic's poem about Turkey's president was intentionally offensive.
- Obama breaks promise to call Armenian killings 'genocide' Updated: Apr-22-16 12:25 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declined Friday to call the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, breaking a key campaign promise as his presidency nears an end.
- Merkel lauds Turkey in dealing with Syria refugee crisis Updated: Apr-21-16 2:14 pm
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands - Despite increasing discord between the European Union and Turkey, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lauded Ankara's commitment to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis and said her weekend trip to the Turkish-Syrian border will be used to raise all contentious issues between the two sides.
- Obama, EU leaders to meet over IS group, migration and Libya Updated: Apr-20-16 7:39 am
PARIS - President Barack Obama will meet with French, British, Italian and German leaders in Hannover next week for discussions expected to touch on Syria, Libya, the Islamic State group and migration, European officials said Wednesday.
- German reported denied entry to Turkey back in Egypt Updated: Apr-19-16 5:47 pm
ISTANBUL - A German reporter was prevented from entering Turkey on Tuesday and was held in a deportation room at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport before he was sent back to Cairo, according to a Turkish official and a German broadcaster.
- Abbas: Palestinians reject 'all forms of terrorist activity' Updated: Apr-19-16 11:56 am
BERLIN - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking a day after an attack on a bus in Jerusalem that wounded at least 21 people, says his administration rejects violence against civilians.
- Hungary PM visits German ex-leader Kohl amid migrant crisis Updated: Apr-19-16 10:40 am
BERLIN - Hungary's prime minister, one of the strongest European critics of Germany's approach to the migrant crisis, made a politically charged visit Tuesday to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl - Angela Merkel's predecessor and one-time mentor.
- Indonesian president defends death penalty for drug crimes Updated: Apr-18-16 11:31 am
BERLIN - Indonesia's president is defending his country's use of the death penalty for drug offenses, arguing that drug abuse constitutes an emergency.
- Germany holds memorial for longtime diplomat Genscher Updated: Apr-17-16 7:30 am
BERLIN - Senior German leaders have gathered in the former capital of Bonn for a memorial to honor the country's longest-serving foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
- Obama to strategize with leaders in Saudi Arabia, Europe Updated: Apr-14-16 5:57 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will strategize with his Middle Eastern and European counterparts on a broad range of issues during a weeklong trip to Saudi Arabia, England and Germany with efforts to rein in the Islamic State group being the common denominator in all three stops.
- European Central Bank faces down eruption of German critics Updated: Apr-11-16 10:26 am
FRANKFURT, Germany - Long-simmering discontent is boiling over among German conservatives opposed to the European Central Bank's stimulus policies, causing a clash of words as the ECB defends its independence from political interference.
- Germany's Merkel defends Turkey deal amid skepticism at home Updated: Apr-08-16 8:28 am
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday robustly defended the European Union's deal to send back migrants to Turkey as polls pointed to deep skepticism at home about the accord, which human rights groups have criticized.
- Battered EU is loser again in Dutch referendum on Ukraine Updated: Apr-07-16 3:38 pm
BRUSSELS - It once seemed a quaint formality, but the Netherlands' referendum on a European Union free-trade deal with Ukraine amounted to a slap in the face for the EU - and yet another serious challenge to the European dream.
- Merkel: Write-down of debt for Greece not legally possible Updated: Apr-05-16 2:58 pm
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel says a so-called debt haircut for Greece is not possible under eurozone regulations.