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Farmers protest blocking the motorway near Navalmoral de la Mata in Caceres province, Spain, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. Farmers in fluorescent yellow vests have begun blocking highways in southwestern Spain with tractors and other vehicles in the latest mass protest over what they say are plummeting incomes for agricultural workers. (AP Photo/Alicia Leon)

Farmers block highways in Spain to protest low food prices

Feb. 18, 2020 11:15 AM EST

NAVALMORAL DE LA MATA, Spain (AP) — Farmers in fluorescent yellow vests blocked highways in southwestern Spain with tractors and other vehicles Tuesday in the latest mass protest over what they say are plummeting incomes for agricultural workers. Several labor unions called for protest rallies,...

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte takes part in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 15, 2020. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)

In tight vote, Dutch lawmakers approve EU-Canada trade deal

Feb. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a tight vote Tuesday, lawmakers in the lower house of Dutch parliament approved a free trade deal between the European Union and Canada. Dutch Overseas Trade Minister Sigrid Kaag, who was in parliament to watch the vote, smiled after 72 lawmakers voted for the deal and 69...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 file photo, the logo of Google is displayed on a carpet at the entrance hall of Google France in Paris. Ireland's Data Protection Commission said Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, they have launched separate inquiries into Google and dating app Tinder over their processing of user data, in a fresh round of regulatory scrutiny aimed at tech companies.  (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Spain looks to adopt digital tax that has angered the US

Feb. 18, 2020 8:46 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spain’s government approved Tuesday the introduction of new taxes on digital business and stock market transactions, following similar steps by other European countries. The Cabinet agreed at its weekly meeting to adopt the so-called Google tax and Tobin tax. The measures...

European Commissioner for An Economy that Works for People Valdis Dombrovskis, left, speaks with European Central Bank Vice-President Luis de Guindos, right, and President of the European Investment Bank Werner Hoyer during a meeting of EU finance ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. EU finance ministers meet Tuesday to discuss tax havens. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU puts Cayman Islands, others on tax blacklist

Feb. 18, 2020 8:40 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has added four countries and jurisdictions to its blacklist of tax havens , including the British overseas territory Cayman Islands. EU finance ministers decided to also add Palau, Panama and the Seychelles to the list of jurisdictions that have not implemented the...

Croatian President elect Zoran Milanovic pauses as he addresses dignitaries after taking the oath in Zagreb, Croatia, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Zoran Milanovic has been sworn in as the fifth President of Croatia at a low-key ceremony at the president's office. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Croatia's new, leftist president inaugurated

Feb. 18, 2020 8:06 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s new, leftist president on Tuesday formally took office at an inauguration ceremony, urging more tolerance and equality for all in the country, which is the European Union's newest member state. Zoran Milanovic took an oath of office at a small event attended by top...

France's Defense Minister Florence Parly, left, talks with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades during their meeting at the Presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Parly said on Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

France gives backing to Cyprus amid gas search tensions

Feb. 18, 2020 5:51 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — France's defense minister said Tuesday that her country stands in solidarity with Cyprus amid tensions over a Turkish search for natural gas inside Cypriot waters. Florence Parly said France supports Cyprus, which finds itself under “strong pressure.” “France is...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves at the media as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London.  Johnson has come under pressure to dismiss adviser Andrew Sabisky, who wrote offensive comments about race and intelligence in 2014, it has been revealed Monday Feb. 17, 2020, while a Downing Street spokesman sought to distance the government from the views expressed by advisor Sabisky. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

UK govt adviser quits amid furor over comments on IQ, race

Feb. 17, 2020 3:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned on Monday amid fierce criticism of his past comments linking intelligence to race and suggesting contraception should be made compulsory to avoid “a permanent underclass.” Andrew Sabisky said he was quitting because he...

Zoran Zaev, center, the leader of the ruling Social Democrats, takes a part in a rally titled

North Macedonia: Thousands rally to back judicial reforms

Feb. 17, 2020 3:17 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Thousands of people attended a march in North Macedonia's capital Monday in support of landmark judicial reforms approved just before parliament was dissolved for early elections. The "Walk for Justice" rally, held in Skopje a day after the reforms were approved, was...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, Britain's Union flag is removed from outside of the European Parliament in Brussels.  The bloc has been preoccupied for almost four years with Brexit, but now that Britain has left the bloc, the EU hopes to find more time to fix its own problems. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

UK to EU: we won't accept supervision in post-Brexit deal

Feb. 17, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain's chief negotiator on Monday set out a clashing course in trade talks with the European Union, saying the 27-nation bloc has totally missed the point of Brexit if it thinks it will retain some supervision over U.K. actions. The EU has said it wants the best possible trade...

FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, a TGV high-speed train at the Saint-Charles train station, in Marseille, southern France. French train maker Alstom said Monday Feb. 17, 2020, that it is in talks to possibly take over the train business of Bombardier, the Canadian aerospace and engineering company. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, file)

French TGV maker Alstom in talks to buy Bombardier rail unit

Feb. 17, 2020 1:33 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French train maker Alstom has announced an multibillion-euro offer to buy the rail business of Canadian engineering firm Bombardier, as it tries to bulk up to compete with big rivals, particularly from China. Alstom, which makes the French TGV high-speed trains, said in a statement Monday it...