Bouchard: 'Cheater' Sharapova should be banned for life

ISTANBUL (AP) -- If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist from Canada, who has been ranked as high as fifth in the world, called Sharapova a cheater upon the Russian's return from a 15-month doping suspension for using the banned substance meldonium.

Update on the latest sports

NBA-PLAYOFFS 2 Game 6s tonight UNDATED (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors can finish off the Bucks in Milwaukee tonight and move on to a rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Toronto has won two straight after getting blown out in Game 3. And the Spurs can knock out the Grizzlies and secure a Lone Star State tussle with the Rockets if they can win on the road in Memphis.

Reports: German soldier planning attack arrested

BERLIN (AP) -- German police say they have arrested a German soldier who had posed as a Syrian refugee, on suspicion he was planning an attack that would be blamed on foreigners. The dpa news agency reported Thursday that Frankfurt prosecutors confirmed the arrest of the 28-year-old on charges of preparing an act of violence. Prosecutors weren't immediately available by telephone but planned a news conference later in the day.

Deutsche Bank Q1 profits rise as legal costs dwindle

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Germany's Deutsche Bank says net profit more than doubled in the first three months of the year as the bank pressed ahead with cost-cutting and saw more customer money flowing into its asset management business. Net profit of 575 million euros ($626 million) exceeded 236 million euros from the same quarter a year ago and beat analyst expectations of 487 million euros as compiled by financial information provider FactSet.

Ivanka Trump, World Bank discuss women entrepreneur fund

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump has been involved in discussions with the World Bank about establishing a funding operation that would support female entrepreneurs, bank and administration officials said Wednesday. The officials stressed that nothing has been set up yet and that talks are ongoing about how this would be set up.

Bern museum awaits works from Gurlitt art collection in June

GENEVA (AP) -- A Swiss museum says it is expecting to receive within weeks about 200 artworks from a vast trove that a German collector had hidden for decades. Kunstmuseum Bern spokeswoman Maria-Teresa Cano says the museum expects deliveries in June from among over 1,000 works by greats including Monet, Picasso and Renoir that German authorities found in the apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt months before he died in 2014.

Germany raises 2017 growth forecast to 1.5 percent

BERLIN (AP) -- The German government slightly raised its growth forecast this year for the country's economy, Europe's biggest, to 1.5 percent on Wednesday. It predicted that the economy will expand by 1.6 percent in 2018. The government had forecast in January that gross domestic product would grow by 1.4 percent this year following last year's 1.9 percent expansion. This year's growth is expected to be lower because more public holidays fall on weekdays.

Sharapova wins 1st match on return from 15-month doping ban

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Looking relieved, Maria Sharapova went through her familiar routine of waving to the crowd and blowing kisses after winning her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday. The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 beat Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the opening round of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Daimler profits double on sales of Mercedes E-class, SUVs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- German automaker Daimler AG says net profit doubled in the first three months of the year as the new version of the company's Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and its SUV lineup boosted sales. The Stuttgart-based company raised its profit outlook for the year, with CEO Dieter Zetsche saying in a statement Wednesday that earnings and sales would "significantly increase." The earlier prediction was for a slight increase. Net profit rose to 2.

The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on Ivanka Trump's trip to Berlin (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Ivanka Trump has visited the Holocaust memorial in the German capital, meeting with the director at the information center before walking slowly through the downtown Berlin monument. Crowds of people snapped cellphone photos and yelled out "Hi, how are you?" as Trump entered the center to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe for a short visit Tuesday.

Halep, Cornet give Sharapova wild-card debate new impetus

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- A day before Maria Sharapova was to play her first tennis match since being banned for doping, the debate about the Russian's wild-card entry for the Porsche Grand Prix continued Tuesday. Simona Halep and Alize Cornet joined the growing legion of players criticizing tournament organizers for offering Sharapova a direct spot in their main draws.

German artist Gerhard Richter opens retrospective in Prague

PRAGUE (AP) -- German artist Gerhard Richter, whose paintings have sold at record prices, has opened his retrospective exhibition at Prague's National Gallery. The gallery has put on display some 80 works by Richter, one of the most influential contemporary artists, in what is the first such exhibition in Central and Eastern Europe.

Voices from around the world consider Trump's first 100 days

It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe. Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" platform, but has found himself as president drawn into thorny geopolitical complexities aplenty in the first 100 days of his administration.

ECB unlikely to signal stimulus end, despite French optimism

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's strengthening economy dodged a banana peel when a pro-EU candidate won the first round of the French presidential election. That won't be enough, however, to make the European Central Bank signal an end to monetary stimulus program on Thursday. Nor will Sunday's result by itself fix the long-term flaws that have plagued the continent's shared currency, the euro.

Ivanka Trump hears groans as she defends father in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) -- Ivanka Trump drew groans and hisses Tuesday from an audience in Berlin while defending her father's attitude toward women, but she brushed it aside as "politics" during her first overseas trip as a White House adviser. Appearing on a high-powered panel at a conference to push for more support for women in business, Trump also said she was still trying to define her place in her father's administration.

Ivanka Trump in Berlin to talk women's economic empowerment

BERLIN (AP) -- Ivanka Trump is in Berlin on her first international outing as a White House adviser, where she will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss ways to encourage women's economic empowerment. Trump and Merkel are on a panel discussion Tuesday as part of the W20 Summit, a women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, entitled "Inspiring women: Scaling up women's entrepreneurship.

Israel PM cancels talk with German FM in rare spat with ally

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly canceled talks Tuesday with the German foreign minister over the visiting diplomat's plans to sit down with an Israeli rights group, sparking a rare diplomatic feud with one of Israel's closest and most important allies. The last-minute cancellation cast a cloud over a visit that had been meant to draw attention to years of friendship between the two countries and coincided with Israel's annual Holocaust memorial day.

Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women's conference

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump's advocacy for women and girls will take her to a conference in Berlin Tuesday, an attention-getting first international outing aimed at building support for investment in women's economic empowerment programs. Back home, the first daughter's plan to push for policies that benefit working mothers is getting less of the spotlight.

Artifacts preserve Holocaust stories for future generations

BOWIE, Md. (AP) -- The small wicker doll chair was a modest toy, but it meant the world to Louise Lawrence-Israels. A gift for her second birthday, it was the only toy she possessed during the approximately three years she spent hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just five blocks from the house where Anne Frank wrote in her diary. The chair is one of thousands of artifacts housed in the U.S.

Holocaust survivors hail Allianz golf tourney sponsor end

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- Holocaust survivors say termination of German insurance giant Allianz's sponsorship of a Florida golf tournament may boost survivors' efforts to collect some $2.5 billion in World War II-era Jewish policies. Survivors and supporters celebrated Monday in Boca Raton the decision to end Allianz's sponsorship of the annual PGA senior tournament. That sponsorship drew protests by Jewish groups the last seven years.