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Serbia, Kosovo leaders set for EU-backed talks on Aug. 18

Aug. 05, 2022 08:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to meet in Brussels this month to discuss ways to end the stalemate in European Union-brokered talks aimed at improving relations between them as ethnic tensions simmer, a European Commission spokesman said Friday. EU...

Months into war, Ukraine refugees slow to join EU workforce

Aug. 04, 2022 02:25 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Liudmyla Chudyjovych used to have a career as a lawyer in Ukraine and big plans for the future. That was before the Russian invasion forced the 41-year-old woman to put her daughter's safety first, and leave both her job and home behind. Since fleeing the town of...

Cold showers, no lights: Europe saves as Russian gas wanes

Aug. 03, 2022 02:21 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Fanning out like urban guerrillas through Paris' darkened streets well after midnight, the anti-waste activists shinny up walls and drain pipes, reaching for switches to turn off the lights. Click. Click. Click. One by one, the outdoor lights that...

Kosovo delays measure stirring tensions with minority Serbs

Aug. 01, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's authorities early Monday moved to ease mounting ethnic tensions in the country by delaying a controversial order on vehicle license plates and identity cards that triggered riots by minority Serbs who put up roadblocks, sounded air raid sirens and fired their guns...

EU health commissioner urges reinforced monkeypox action

Jul. 27, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's commissioner for health is urging the bloc's governments to step up their efforts to tackle the expanding monkeypox outbreak in the region, which she says is “the epicenter of detected cases." In a letter to the EU's 27 health ministers...

Cameroon becomes a go-to country for foreign fishing vessels

Jul. 27, 2022 03:30 AM EDT

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Off the coast of West Africa, the Trondheim is a familiar sight: a soccer field-sized ship, plying the waters from Nigeria to Mauritania as it pulls in tons of mackerel and sardines — and flying the red, yellow and green flag of Cameroon. But aside from...

Cameroon becomes a go-to country for foreign fishing vessels

Jul. 27, 2022 03:21 AM EDT

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — The Trondheim is a familiar sight off the coast of West Africa -- a soccer field-sized ship, plying the waters from Nigeria to Mauritania as it pulls in tons of mackerel and sardines, flying the red, yellow and green flag of Cameroon. But aside from the...

EU agrees to cut natural gas use amid Russian supply fears

Jul. 26, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union governments agreed Tuesday to reduce consumption of natural gas this winter to protect themselves against any further supply cuts by Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine, although the measure contains exemptions for some countries. EU energy ministers...

EU struggles with how to cut off its reliance on Russian gas

Jul. 25, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations struggled Monday to find common ground on how to wean the bloc off its reliance on Russian natural gas, seeking to appease wary, stressed consumers at home while upholding unity as Moscow turns down the tap. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

EU drug regulator recommends clearing vaccine for monkeypox

Jul. 22, 2022 07:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said Friday that the smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic should also be authorized against monkeypox, as the outbreak of the once-rare disease continues to sicken people across the continent. The European Union drug regulator said...