China suspends Hong Kong’s extradition treaty with Germany and France | AFP

China says it firmly opposes Germany and France suspending its extradition agreements with Hong Kong, and has decided that the Hong Kong government will suspend the same agreement with the two European powers as countermeasures.

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Swimming wild boar gives German beachgoers a scare

A swimming wild boar surprised sunbathers in Germany after taking a dip in the Baltic Sea before charging through the crowded beach. (Aug. 12)

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Mandatory virus testing begins at German airport

Travellers arriving in Germany from most non-European Union countries and some regions within the bloc that have high numbers of coronavirus cases will have to undergo compulsory testing from Saturday. (Aug. 8)

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Today in History for August 4th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi police arrest Anne Frank and family; Britain declares war on Germany in World War I; Three civil rights workers found slain in Mississippi; The Bordens axed to death; Jazz great Louis Armstrong born. (Aug. 4)

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In Germany, pupils go back to school despite threat of the virus | AFP

Like their 150,000 classmates in the region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, students at CJD Jugenddorf-Christophorus in Rostock are the first European students to return to class for a new school year after months of interruption and online classes due to the pandemic.

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Today in History for August 1st

Highlights of this day in history: A shooting rampage takes place at the University of Texas clock tower; Germany declares war on Russia in World War I; Adolf Hitler opens the Berlin Olympics; Author Herman Melville born; MTV debuts. (Aug. 1)

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Storks force a Bavarian brewer to stop his productio | AFP

Storks – a protected species in Germany – decided in the spring to build their nest on the chimney of Christian Zwanzger’s brewery in Bavaria. His beer production has stopped and his stocks are going low but he remains optimistic.

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AP Top Stories July 29 P

Here’s the latest for Wednesday July 29th: US to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany; Trump defends doctor who touts coronavirus cure; Rep. Gohmert tests positive for virus, cancels Trump trip; Couples held up by COVID-19 turn to micro weddings

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Trump defends Germany withdrawal

President Donald Trump is defending the decision to pull U.S. troops out of Germany, telling reporters “we’re reducing the force because they’re not paying their bills. It’s very simple. They’re delinquent.” (July 29)

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US to withdraw nearly 12000 troops from Germany

Spurred on by President Donald Trump’s demand to pull troops out of Germany, the U.S. will bring about 6,400 forces home and shift about 5,600 to other countries in Europe, U.S. defense leaders said Wednesday. (July 29)

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Germany voices ‘great concern’ at virus spike | AFP

Germany’s disease control agency voices “great concern” over rising virus numbers in the country as authorities issue a travel warning against parts of Spain. “We must prevent that the virus once again spreads rapidly and uncontrollably,” Robert Koch Institute head Lothar Wieler tells reporters at a briefing.

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European leaders meet for 2nd day on recovery plan | AFP

European Council President Charle Michel meets leaders Angela Merkel (Germany), Emmanuel Macron (France), Giuseppe Conte (Italy), Pedro Sanchez (Spain) and Mark Rutte (Netherlands) on the second day of a summit to agree on a post-virus economic recovery plan.

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Pompeo vows to pursue sanctions over Nord Stream 2 Russia-Germany gas project | AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vows punishment over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, unveiling new guidelines to impose sanctions over the project. SOUNDBITE

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Russia, China veto extension of cross-border aid to Syria: diplomats | AFP

Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN Christoph Heusgen announces that a UN Security Council resolution to prolong cross-border humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria has not been adopted after two permanent members, Russia and China, voted to veto the extension. SOUNDBITE

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Airbus employees hold demonstration in Hamburg against job cuts | AFP

Airbus employees demonstrate against the company’s planned 5,000 job cuts in Germany by installing empty chairs and photos of threatened employees in front of their factory.

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Merkel arrives at European Parliament in Brussels | AFP

Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the European Parliament in Brussels to present Germany’s programme to MEPs as it takes over the EU’s rotating presidency for the next six months. IMAGES

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Flag-raising for the first day of Germany’s EU Council Presidency | AFP

The flag of Germany’s Presidency of the European Council is being raised in the courtyard of the German Foreign Office in Berlin as the country begins its six-month EU Presidency today. IMAGES

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