Europeans soak up the sun but virus travel rules a mishmash

BERLIN (AP) — Europeans soaked up the sun where they could, taking advantage of the first holiday weekend since coronavirus restrictions were eased, while governments grappled with how and when to saf...

Wuhan lab head calls virus leak claims 'pure fabrication'

NEW YORK (AP) — Claims promoted by the Trump administration that the global coronavirus pandemic originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the central Chinese city are a “pure fabrication," the...

Merkel urges virus vigilance; Germany loosens border checks

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to be “courageous and vigilant” Wednesday as the country emerges from its shutdown, calling on them to avoid a relapse into tougher restrictions ev...

Germany plans cautious 1st steps to restart public life

BERLIN (AP) — Germany plans to let smaller shops reopen next week after a weeks-long coronavirus shutdown and to start reopening schools in early May, but Europe’s biggest economy is keeping strict so...

20,000: US death toll overtakes Italy's as Midwest braces

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed Italy's for the highest in the world, surpassing 20,000, as Chicago and other cities across the Midwest braced for a potential surge in...

Austrian, Czech officials plan to ease some virus measures

BERLIN (AP) — Austria and the Czech Republic said Monday they plan to relax some restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus starting after Easter, getting ahead of their European counterparts as ...

Germany's Merkel shines in virus crisis even as power wanes

BERLIN (AP) — In her first address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel calmly appealed to citizens' reason and discipline to slow the spread of the virus, acknow...

Virus chaos snarls farm workers as new season buds in Europe

GENTHIN, Germany (AP) — Asparagus grower Henning Hoffheinz is looking at blue skies, a record-early harvest – and a big problem. The harvest of white asparagus – a ubiquitous and che...

Germany OKs big aid package to help companies, self-employed

BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Monday approved a massive new package of measures to cushion the devastating effects of the virus outbreak on the economy, bringing the total aid on offer to mor...

Countries around the world announce more virus restrictions

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Authorities around the world turned to increasingly drastic measures to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus Sunday, with lockdowns, curfews and travel restrictions sp...

Germany's Merkel meets Libyan military commander Hifter

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Libyan military commander Khalifa Hifter in Berlin on Tuesday in a bid to advance efforts to secure a lasting cease-fire in Libya. A...

Israeli president: Germany must win anti-Semitism fight

BERLIN (AP) — Lamenting rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel's president said Germany “must not fail” in fighting it as he addressed German lawmakers Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Au...

Historians: Sobibor death camp photos may feature Demjanjuk

BERLIN (AP) — Historians have presented a collection of photos kept by the deputy commander of the Nazis' Sobibor death camp that they say appears to include images of John Demjanjuk, the retired Ohio...

Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country. Heiko Maas ...

Germany hosts Libya summit in bid to curb military meddling

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is bringing together the key players in Libya’s long-running civil war in a bid to curb foreign military meddling, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political process to ...