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Pushed by pandemic, Germany seeks to boost technology use

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday agreed on a strategy to boost the use of data for commercial purposes and signed a deal with state education authorities to fund laptops for teachers w...

Chaos mars over-80s vaccine start in major German state

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of elderly Germans faced online error messages and jammed up hotlines Monday as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the coun...

World leaders laud US return to climate fight under Biden

BERLIN (AP) — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had ...

Delay in Pfizer vaccine shipments frustrate Europe, Canada

BRUSSELS (AP) — Frustration is mounting from Europe to North America over reduced shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine while the U.S. pharmaceutical company increases production capacity at its Belg...

Biden puts U.S. back into fight to slow global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — In one of his first official acts, President Joe Biden planned Wednesday to return the United States to the worldwide fight to slow global warming and to launch a series of climate-f...

Merkel, governors to meet amid fears over virus variants

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding a virtual meeting Tuesday with the governors of Germany's 16 states to discuss the country's pandemic measures amid concerns that new mutations of the...

German government defends slow vaccination campaign

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister on Wednesday defended the government's decision to procure and approve vaccines against the coronavirus along with the rest of the European Union amid criticism...

World warily watches America's postelection aftershocks

PARIS (AP) — For America's allies and rivals alike, the chaos unfolding during Donald Trump's final days as president is the logical result of four years of global instability brought on by the man wh...

Bodies pile up at crematorium in Germany's virus hot spot

MEISSEN, Germany (AP) — The caskets are stacked three high in the Meissen crematorium's somber memorial hall, piled up in empty offices and stored in hallways. Many are sealed with plastic wrapping, o...

Berlin backtracks on plan to reopen schools after protests

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Berlin backtracked Friday on plans to partially resume in-school teaching in the German capital next week despite a national lockdown, following protests from parents, tea...

EU reviews BioNTech request for 'extra dose' of virus shot

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union medicines watchdog said Thursday that German company BioNTech has applied for clearance in the 27-nation bloc to administer up to six doses of its COVI...

Swiss to shut restaurants, other sites as virus cases climb

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss government said Friday it is ordering the closure of restaurants, bars, cultural venues and sports facilities next week in a renewed bid to stem a continuing rise in coronaviru...

Experts propose vaccine priority list as German deaths rise

BERLIN (AP) — An independent expert team on Thursday recommended that people over age 80, residents and staff in nursing homes, and medics at high risk of exposing themselves or others to COVID-19 sho...

Vaccine maker recounts 'breakfast table' pivot to COVID work

BERLIN (AP) — The doctor who led development of the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the United States, Britain and elsewhere said her company's decision to shift from cancer research to battling ...

Iran nuclear deal members urge Tehran return to compliance

BERLIN (AP) — World powers that are part of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran urged Tehran on Wednesday to roll back violations of the accord and return to full compliance during a virtual meetin...