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Germany’s Merkel disputes Trump’s NATO debt claim

Mar 21 2017 - 12:05am || Comments

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday underlined Germany’s rejection of a claim by U.S. President Donald Trump that her country owes NATO large sums for underspending on defense. She also pointed to Germany’s history of decades of post-World War II military restraint.

  • | Posted: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    HAVANA — Fidel Castro, who led his bearded rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, has died at age 90.

  • | Posted: Nov 27 2016 - 12:05am

    HAGATNA, Guam — The new leader of the Catholic church in Guam will meet with his brother priests as his first order of business on Monday as he attempts to heal this U.S. territory rocked by allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy, even the current archbishop.

  • | Posted: Nov 26 2016 - 12:05am

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The death toll from a car bombing south of Baghdad claimed by the Islamic State group rose to 73 on Friday, including about 40 Iranian pilgrims, as Iraqi forces fought house to house to dislodge the extremist group from the northern city of Mosul in a five-week-old campaign slowed down by stiff IS resistance and fears of massive civilian casualties.

  • | Posted: Nov 26 2016 - 12:05am

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Filipinos, including more than a dozen nude students, protested Friday against the hasty burial of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery, in a growing political storm that’s lashing the president who allowed the entombment.

  • Posted: Nov 25 2016 - 12:05am

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo residents woke up Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years.

  • | Posted: Nov 24 2016 - 12:05am

    TOKYO — At first, it was 2011 all over again.

  • Posted: Nov 24 2016 - 12:05am

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — An unusually late Hurricane Otto swirled over the Caribbean just off Central America, heading toward a possible landfall in Costa Rica, which hasn’t seen such a storm since reliable record-keeping began in 1851.

  • | Posted: Nov 22 2016 - 12:05am

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital on Monday, killing 32 people, the U.N. office said, the second large-scale attack targeting minority Shiites in Kabul in just over a month.

  • | Posted: Nov 22 2016 - 12:05am

    VATICAN CITY — Saying nothing is beyond the reach of God’s mercy, Pope Francis told Catholics worldwide he is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of abortion — women and health workers alike — even while stressing that it is a grave sin in the eyes of the church to “end an innocent life.”

  • | Posted: Nov 22 2016 - 12:05am

    TOKYO — Coastal residents fled to higher ground as a powerful earthquake sent a series of moderate tsunamis toward Japan’s northeastern shore Tuesday and fueled concerns about the Fukushima nuclear power plant destroyed by a much larger tsunami five year ago.

  • | Posted: Nov 21 2016 - 12:05am

    PUKHRAYAN, India (AP) — Rescuers worked through the night to pull people out of mangled coaches after an overnight passenger train derailed early Sunday in northern India, killing at least 115 people, police said.

  • | Posted: Nov 20 2016 - 12:05am

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Family members and followers of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos gathered for a vigil at his tomb on Saturday, a day after his secrecy-shrouded burial at a heroes’ cemetery triggered widespread protests three decades after the strongman’s ouster.

  • | Posted: Nov 20 2016 - 12:05am

    LIMA, Peru — Several U.S. allies took aim at Donald Trump’s views on global trade, while China’s president made an impassioned call against the sort of protectionism favored by the president-elect at a summit of Asian-Pacific leaders on Saturday.

  • | Posted: Nov 19 2016 - 12:05am

    KUNMING, China — Chinese and U.S. commanders on Friday stressed the importance of maintaining military-to-military exchanges under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, saying they are crucial for building confidence between the two armed forces that remain deeply wary of each other.

  • | Posted: Nov 19 2016 - 12:05am

    KUNMING, China — Chinese and U.S. commanders on Friday stressed the importance of maintaining military-to-military exchanges under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, saying they are crucial for building confidence between the two armed forces that remain deeply wary of each other.