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European leaders discuss migration and Ukraine at a UK summit amid worries about Trump

Jul. 18, 2024 06:55 AM EDT

WOODSTOCK, England (AP) — Leaders from across Europe gathered at a grandiose English country mansion on Thursday for a summit clouded by worries about whether the United States would remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump wins a second presidency. Newly elected U.K. Prime Minister...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faces vote on her bid for second 5-year term

Jul. 18, 2024 05:52 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen pledged to be a strong leader for Europe in a time of crisis and polarization as she made her final leadership pitch in a speech to lawmakers at the European Parliament ahead of a vote Thursday afternoon on whether to grant her a second five-year...

Uncertainty is the winner and incumbents the losers so far in a year of high-stakes global elections

Jul. 18, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Discontented, economically squeezed voters have turned against sitting governments on both right and left during many of the dozens of elections held this year, as global power blocs shift and political certainties crumble. From India to South Africa to Britain,...

Scottie Scheffler is adjusting to links golf and his role as best player in the world

Jul. 17, 2024 22:06 PM EDT

TROON, Scotland (AP) — The first stage of Scottie Scheffler's rise to the top of golf felt like warp speed. He went from No. 15 in the world to No. 1 in the span of five tournaments, and that was before he won the Masters for the first time. Now he's on a level not seen since Tiger...

UK's new government announces legislation for 'national renewal' as Parliament opens with royal pomp

Jul. 17, 2024 14:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s new Labour Party government promised to calm the country’s febrile politics and ease its cost-of-living crisis as it set out its plans for “national renewal” at the grand State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday. Stabilizing the U.K.’s public...

Belarus broadens visa-free travel for 35 European countries

Jul. 17, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday expanded visa-free travel for residents of 35 European countries, including members of the European Union and the United Kingdom, as part of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko' s efforts to improve relations with the West. ...

Trumpets, tiaras and tradition on display as King Charles III presides over opening of Parliament

Jul. 17, 2024 06:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — King Charles III arrived at Parliament to preside over the State Opening on Wednesday, donning his ceremonial robes and the crown of state to deliver a speech laying out the legislative program of the U.K.’s first left-leaning government in 14 years. The state...

In king’s speech, UK’s Labour government says it will turn the page on cost-of-living crisis and boost economy

Jul. 17, 2024 06:41 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — In king’s speech, UK’s Labour government says it will turn the page on cost-of-living crisis and boost economy.

Bank of England faces dilemma after potential Taylor Swift upside impact on UK inflation

Jul. 17, 2024 06:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England is facing a dilemma about whether to cut interest rates next month after official figures Wednesday showed inflation holding steady at its target against expectations of a modest decline, possibly as a result of Taylor Swift's Eras Tour. The Office...

Today in History: July 17, Disneyland's opening day

Jul. 17, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 17, the 199th day of 2024. There are 167 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California after its $17 million, year-long construction; the park...