Navy pauses plan to move Wisconsin badger to Virginia museum

first_imgMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Navy has paused plans to move a beloved badger statue from Wisconsin to the East Coast for at least two years. The U.S. Naval Academy Museum loaned the statue to the state more than 30 years ago. It has sat outside the governor’s state Capitol office, delighting thousands of tourists who rub its nose for luck. Last year the museum asked for the statue back so it could be moved to the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. Wisconsin historians asked the Navy to extend the loan for another two years and leave the badger in the statehouse. Naval academy officials said Monday they have agreed to the extension. They did not immediately respond to a follow-up message.last_img

Germany: tie Afghanistan troop pullout to talks’ progress

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan should be tied to progress in stuttering peace negotiations between the Kabul government and the Taliban, rather than sticking “slavishly” to an end-of-April deadline. Germany is the second-biggest contributor to NATO’s Resolute Support training and assistance mission in Afghanistan, after the United States. President Joe Biden’s new administration has said it plans to review the peace agreement signed last February between the U.S. and the Taliban. The Pentagon has said the Taliban’s refusal to meet commitments to reduce violence in Afghanistan is raising questions about whether all U.S. troops will be able to leave by May as required under the peace deal.last_img