• A female reveller celebrates in front of the cathedral during the start of the street carnival in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. After a string of robberies and sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in the city that police say were committed largely by foreigners, German authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of those events during the five-day street party. ( AP Photo/Martin Meissner

    New Year’s attacks overshadow start of Cologne Carnival

    COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Cannon fire followed by a rain of confetti heralded the start Thursday of Cologne’s annual Carnival, when hundreds of thousands of revelers take to the streets and pubs of the ancient German city for five days of boisterous partying.

  • Lindsey Vonn has complaints about downhill course

    GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Lindsey Vonn left the finish area with plenty of complaints about the state of the Kandahar course and thinking she still had the fastest time in Thursday’s training for a World Cup downhill.

  • Migrants and refugees walk to a refugee camp, as they wait to be allowed to continue their trip to southern Macedonia, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Police in northern Greece late Tuesday said 5,000 refugees and migrants were gathered at or near the border with Macedonia, where authorities continued to provide limited access at a frontier barrier built in November. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

    The Latest: Ai Weiwei gets 14,000 life vests for project

    SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on migrants seeking sanctuary in Europe (all times local):

  • CORRECTS TYPO IN FIRST SENTENCE TO BUTTON -German chancellor Angela Merkel  prepares to press the start button next to the head of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics  Sibylle Guenter , left, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania governor,  Erwin Sellering, right at the  Wendelstein 7-X' nuclear fusion research center at the Max-Planck-Institut for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany Wednesday Feb. 3, 2016. Scientists flipped the switch  on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.  ( Bernd Wuestneck/dpa via AP)

    Scientists to inject fuel in experimental fusion device

    GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

  • Former German soccer president wins preliminary court ruling

    DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The former president of the German soccer federation can continue to refer to Qatar as a “cancerous growth of world football” — at least until a final ruling by a German court.

  • In this file photo dated Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, cabins are set up inside Hanger 4 of the former airport Tempelhof to be used as a temporary emergency shelter for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Berlin, Germany.  As Europe struggles to cope with the influx of more than 1 million migrants in 2015, Germany is considering taking away benefits from asylum-seekers if they refuse to try to learn the language and integrate into German society, according to Labor Minister Andrea Nahles on Monday Feb. 1, 2016, when explaining a plan she floated to cut benefits for migrants.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, FILE)

    As Europe grapples with migrant influx, benefits limited

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany is mulling taking away benefits from asylum-seekers if they refuse to try to learn the language and integrate; Denmark has just approved a measure to let police seize valuables from migrants to help cover their housing and food costs; and an Austrian province this week is expected to more than halve payments to many refugees.

  • Davydenko beats Mayer to win BMW Open

    Nikolay Davydenko of Russia returns the ball to Florian Mayer of Germany during their final match at the ATP tennis tournament BMW Open in Munich, southern Germany, on Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    MUNICH (AP) — Nikolay Davydenko won his second BMW Open title on Sunday by beating Florian Mayer of Germany 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.