Löw stays with Neuer over ter Stegen as Germany’s No. 1
BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Löw is staying with Manuel Neuer as first-choice goalkeeper and called up Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri for the first time on Friday for games...
Anniversary of Baltic Sea ferry wreck that killed 852 marked
HELSINKI (AP) — The sinking of a Baltic Sea ferry that killed 852 people has been observed 25 years after one of Europe's deadliest maritime disasters.
Banker tied to money laundering found dead in Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonian police said Wednesday they found the body of the former head of Danske Bank in Estonia who was at the center of a 200 billion-euro ($220 billion) money laundering...
Estonia plans fireworks to mark 1994 exit of Russian troops
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia is planning to mark the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of the last Russian troops from the country by fireworks in Tallinn on Saturday.
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia has protested Russian plans to hold festivities marking the 75th anniversary of the seizure of the Baltic nation's capital by the Soviet Red Army in 1944.
Massive choir a place for Estonians to find identity, solace
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Estonians joined in singing folk songs Sunday on the 150th anniversary of a music festival that inspired resistance to Soviet control and later...
High-tech Estonia votes online for European Parliament
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia was crippled by cyberattacks on government networks during a dispute with Russia in 2007. Today the tiny tech-savvy nation is so certain of its cyber defenses that...
Far right gains in Estonia eyed for clues to EU-wide vote
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Tiny Estonia has become the latest European country with a political landscape reshaped by a populist party promising national survival in an age of globalism, a...
Center-right party tops Estonia vote, but populists win, too
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — A center-right party that held the prime minister's office in Estonia for over a decade won the Baltic country's general election Sunday, while a far-right populist party...
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on Estonia's general election (all times local):
Preliminary results from Estonia's parliamentary election show a center-right party that...
Estonia: Ex-army officer, father guilty of spying for Russia
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A court in Estonia on Monday found a former Estonian military officer and his father guilty of treason for spying for Russia, Baltic media reported.
Estonia extradites to US man suspected of heroin trafficking
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia has extradited to the United States a man suspected of trafficking hundreds of kilograms of heroin to the New York area and using the profits to fund the Taliban.
The Baltic region's main news agency BNS said Thursday that Haji Abdul Satar Abdul Manaf, who was detained in Tallinn on Oct. 9, was extradited to the U.S. on Wednesday.
No more paperwork: Estonia edges toward digital government
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop.
"Now we will register our child," Andrejs Lunde says with gravity as he inserts his ID card into the card reader. His wife, Olga, looks on proudly.
And just like that, Oskar is Estonia's newest citizen. No paper. No fuss.
The Latest: Trump, Erdogan talk about Russia-Ukraine dispute
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local):
U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have spoken on the phone to express their concerns about the Russia-Ukraine clash in the Kerch Strait and Russia's detainment of three Ukrainian ships and 24 crew members.
Pope: Priestly abuse scandals driving Catholic faithful away
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations.
Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of a devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-ups in Germany.
The Latest: Pope says church judged unfairly on sex abuse
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltics (all times local):
Pope Francis says it's unfair to apply contemporary moral standards to the Catholic Church's history of sex abuse cover-up since everyone covered up the crime in the past.
In comments to reporters returning Tuesday from the Baltics, Francis wasn't excusing the church's cover-up, which he said was evidence of the "corruption" that has so scandalized the faithful.
Atletico beats Real Madrid 4-2 after extra time in Super Cup
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Atletico Madrid finally got the better of Real Madrid on the European stage, scoring twice in extra time to win 4-2 in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday in its rival's first game without Cristiano Ronaldo.
Atletico got off to a flying start with Diego Costa scoring the competition's fastest goal just 50 seconds in, but Madrid came back to take a 2-1 lead as Los Blancos tried to prove they can still win trophies without Ronaldo and with a new coach.
Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid gets 1st test in UEFA Super Cup
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo is still hanging over Real Madrid as the team prepares to face fierce rival Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday.
Captain Sergio Ramos, though, has no doubt that the club can deal with the departure of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, who joined Juventus in a 112-million euro ($131-million) deal after the World Cup.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis will have two ecumenical meetings during his trip to the Baltics in September.
The Vatican on Thursday released details about the previously announced Sept. 22-25 pilgrimage.
In Lithuania, where Catholics are the majority, the pope will visit a Marian sanctuary. Then after being driven from the capital of Vilnius to Kaunas, Francis will celebrate Mass in a park on Sept. 23.
HELSINKI (AP) — Russia says it won't ratify a long-overdue border treaty with Estonia unless the small Baltic country stops its anti-Russian rhetoric.
Russia's Embassy in Tallinn said Wednesday on Facebook that an "atmosphere free of confrontation must prevail in bilateral relations" for the treaty ratification in the Russian Parliament, or Duma.
The treaty was originally signed by Russia and Estonia in 2005 but it fell through. It was re-signed in 2014.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis will visit Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Sept. 22-25 as the three Baltic nations celebrate their 100th anniversaries.
The Vatican confirmed the trip Friday, saying Francis would visit Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania; Riga and Aglona in Latvia, and Tallinn in Estonia.
Lithuania has the largest Catholic community in the Baltics, accounting for more than 75 percent of the nation's nearly 3 million inhabitants.
Estonia celebrates 100 years of independence declaration
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Estonia is celebrating the centenary of its independence declaration with festivities and a military parade.
The celebrations on Saturday started with Estonia's blue, black, and white flag being hoisted atop the same downtown Tallinn tower it was flown from in 1918.
Japanese PM kicks off six-nation European tour in Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Japan's prime minister has kicked off a five-day European tour to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania — becoming the first-ever head of the Asian nation to visit those countries.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived Friday in Estonia's capital of Tallinn, where he focused on cybersecurity and information technology issues. The small Baltic nation of 1.3 million people is considered one of Europe's most advanced technological nations.
The Latest: France’s Macron says Brexit not really divorce
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on the European Union leaders' summit in Estonia (all times local):
French President Emmanuel Macron says all the talk about Britain's "divorce" from the European Union has its limits as a metaphor for the political breakup.
Macron noted at an EU summit that ended Friday: "If you divorce, you divorce from one person at a time. You don't divorce 27 people. In any case, it is not allowed in France."
Syrian refugee in Estonia jailed for setting wife on fire
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An Estonian court has sentenced a Syrian refugee guilty to 10 years in prison for setting his wife on fire.
The Baltic News Agency says a court in Tallinn ruled Friday that the 20-year-old Kovan Mohammad was guilty of grievous bodily harm when committing the crime on March 7.
BNS, the region's largest news agency, said an unnamed 22-year-old Syrian woman sustained burns on 70 percent of her body in a fire in their apartment in the Estonian capital, in March.
Prime minister of Estonia to speak at Indiana University
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas will deliver a free public address on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University.
Ratas will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Global and International Studies Building as a guest of the school and its Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Ratas will speak about his country and its domestic and foreign policy as it approaches the 100th anniversary of its founding.
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The Latest: VP Pence assures Baltics of protection
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on the visit to Europe of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (all times local):
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has ended a visit to Estonia after assuring the three Baltic states that the U.S firmly supports them and will come to their defense if they are threatened by an outside force, in line with a NATO treaty.
VP Pence in Estonia: Attack on 1 NATO ally is attack on all
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday strongly pledged America's commitment to protecting NATO allies against attacks, including the Baltic states, which have anxiously watched a growing Russian military presence in the region.
Pence begins 3-nation European tour in NATO member Estonia
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived Sunday in Estonia for meetings with the presidents of three Baltic nations in northeastern Europe, the first stop of a four-day European tour.
The vice president and his wife, Karen Pence, arrived in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, to kick off the European tour that also includes stops in Georgia and Montenegro.
EU leaders reaffirm Libya migrant policy despite criticism
ROME (AP) — European Union officials on Thursday reaffirmed the need to tackle Europe's migrant crisis in Libya and surrounding countries, amid continued resistance in Europe to welcome refugees.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Austrian champion Salzburg will play either Maltese club Hibernians or Estonian team FCI Tallinn in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.
Salzburg's presence in the draw threatens the place of Leipzig because both have ownership links with energy drink Red Bull. UEFA should decide this month if the clubs breach integrity rules designed to prevent two clubs that share an owner from playing in the same competition.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Estonia has informed Russia that two of its diplomats in the country will be expelled, the Baltic country's foreign ministry said Friday.
Estonian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sandra Kamilova told The Associated Press that the Russian Embassy in Tallinn had been informed of the decision, but the ministry declined to provide further details. It wasn't clear when the diplomats would be deported.
Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US allies
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — One of the reasons the U.S. Congress has launched an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday.
Ryan spoke at a news conference with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, during a visit by a bipartisan congressional delegation to the Baltic NATO member and staunch Washington ally.
German foreign minister skeptical on defense spending boost
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Germany's foreign minister voiced his skepticism Wednesday about plans to increase the country's defense spending to meet NATO targets, saying it could raise concerns in Europe by turning Germany into "a military supremacy."
Russian hackers get burned in deal with Russia’s spy agency
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — For several years a group of Russian hackers have been posting letters and documents stolen from senior Russian officials with impunity. And then the nation's spy agency tracked them down and offered them a deal.
A member of the Shaltai Boltai (Humpty Dumpty) group told The Associated Press on Thursday that the hackers accepted the offer from the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the top KGB successor agency: show their spoils before publishing in exchange for protection.
Influential Estonian choral composer Veljo Tormis dead at 86
HELSINKI (AP) — Veljo Tormis, a prolific Estonian composer whose innovative choral works helped propel his Baltic nation's drive to restore independence, has died at the age of 86.
Tormis died Saturday from long-term illnesses in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, Mariliis Rebane of the Estonian Composers' Union told the AP.
Tormis was considered a national icon in Estonia where choral music has been central to the culture going back to hundreds of years under Swedish and German rule.
New Estonian government is sworn in
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's new coalition government has taken office, led by a political party that is particularly popular among the Baltic country's ethnic Russian minority.
Prime Minister Juri Ratas' 15-member Cabinet was sworn in at a ceremony Wednesday in Parliament. It replaces the government of Taavi Roivas, who stepped down as prime minister earlier this month after losing a confidence vote.
Estonia president appoints center-left government
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's head of state on Tuesday appointed a new center-left government that pledges to keep the NATO member's foreign and security policy unchanged amid allegations that a key coalition member has links to Russia.
President Kersti Kaljulaid appointed a 15-member Cabinet led by Prime Minister Juri Ratas, the new chairman of the Center Party that has traditionally been favored by Estonia's sizable ethnic-Russian minority.
Estonia’s pro-Russia Center Party picks a new leader
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Estonia's second largest political party, which is popular among the Baltic country's sizeable ethnic Russian minority, has chosen a new leader.
Juri Ratas will replace Edgar Savisaar, who founded the opposition Center Party 25 years ago.
Party delegates elected Ratas, a 38-year-old former Tallinn mayor and deputy speaker of Parliament, in a 654-348 vote Saturday, after Savisaar announced he was stepping down following internal opposition.