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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 18 2016 - 12:05am

    MOSUL, Iraq — Cloudy skies neutralized air power in Mosul on Thursday, Iraqi forces said, hampering their advance in the northern city, although they still faced deadly attacks by Islamic State militants that killed seven civilians and two soldiers.

  • | Posted: Nov 18 2016 - 12:05am

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might follow Russia’s example and withdraw from the International Criminal Court, where his critics say he could be charged over the thousands killed in his war on drugs.

  • | Posted: Nov 18 2016 - 12:05am

    BEIRUT — Airstrikes pounded besieged Aleppo on Thursday, killing more than 20 people and hitting a water pumping station on the third day of a renewed air campaign on the besieged territory, Syrian activists and rescue workers said.

  • | Posted: Nov 18 2016 - 12:05am

    BERLIN — Meeting as peers on the world stage for a final time, President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday reaffirmed a message of solidarity and trans-Atlantic cooperation between top trading partners and key NATO allies as Donald Trump prepares to take office.

  • | Posted: Nov 14 2016 - 12:05am

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island early Monday, killing at least two people, causing damage to buildings and infrastructure, and prompting emergency services to warn people along the coast to move to higher ground to avoid tsunami waves.

  • | Posted: Nov 13 2016 - 12:05am

    QUETTA, Pakistan — The death toll from a bomb blast at a Sufi shrine in southwest Pakistan Saturday has risen to 50 people with more than 100 wounded, officials said.

  • | Posted: Nov 13 2016 - 12:05am

    PARIS — French security turned out in force Saturday night ahead of a concert by British pop legend Sting marking the reopening of the Bataclan concert hall one year after suicidal jihadis turned the famed Paris site into a bloodbath.

  • Posted: Nov 13 2016 - 12:05am

    TRENCIN, Slovakia (AP) — Ten teams from Slovakia, Poland and Hungary on Thursday turned mounds of ground in a competition to crown the fastest gravediggers in central Europe.

  • | Posted: Nov 11 2016 - 12:05am

    BAGHDAD — Iraqi troops consolidated gains in their advance on the northern city of Mosul on Thursday, regrouping as they clear neighborhoods and houses once occupied by the Islamic State group.

  • | Posted: Nov 10 2016 - 12:05am

    MOSCOW — World leaders struggled Wednesday to come to grips with a new reality — Donald Trump will be the next U.S. president — and an as yet unanswerable question: How many of his campaign pledges will he actually act on?

  • | Posted: Nov 6 2016 - 12:05am

    NEW DELHI — Even for a city considered one of the world’s most polluted, the Indian capital hit a new low this past week.

  • | Posted: Nov 6 2016 - 12:05am

    SEOUL, South Korea — Tens of thousands of South Koreans poured into the streets of downtown Seoul on Saturday, using words including “treason” and “criminal” to demand that President Park Geun-hye step down amid an explosive political scandal.

  • | Posted: Nov 4 2016 - 12:05am

    MILAN — Survivors say as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya, the U.N. refugee agency reported Thursday, bringing this year’s toll to more than 4,220 migrants dead or missing in risky Mediterranean Sea crossings, the highest count on record.

  • | Posted: Nov 3 2016 - 12:05am

    MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi special forces mopping up in territory seized in eastern Mosul killed eight Islamic State militants Wednesday as residents fled to safety from nearby areas and men shaved the beards they were forced to grow while the extremists were in control.

  • | Posted: Nov 2 2016 - 12:05am

    BAZWAYA, Iraq — Iraq’s special forces fought their way into the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday, taking its state television building despite resistance by Islamic State group fighters that is only likely to stiffen when combat reaches the inner city.