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Going Dutch: Look out, German coalition talks could be long

Sep. 28, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — As Europe's economic powerhouse Germany embarks on the task of piecing together a new ruling coalition after Sunday's knife-edge election, observers need only look to its neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands, to see how tricky the process can be. ...

Catalonia's Puigdemont to attend October extradition hearing

Sep. 25, 2021 15:33 PM EDT

ALGHERO, Sardinia (AP) — Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont vowed Saturday to keep travelling throughout Europe to campaign for the region's independence from Spain but confirmed he would appear at an Oct. 4 hearing to decide whether he will be extradited to Spain to face sedition...

Is it a bluff? Some in Hungary and Poland talk of EU pullout

Sep. 25, 2021 04:51 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — When Hungary and Poland joined the European Union in 2004, after decades of Communist domination, their citizens thirsted for Western democratic standards and prosperity. Yet 17 years later, as the EU ramps up efforts to rein in democratic...

Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Sardinia

Sep. 23, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain after a failed secession bid for the northeastern region in 2017, was detained Thursday in Sardinia, Italy, his lawyer said. Puigdemont, who lives in Belgium and now holds a seat in the...

France rallies EU as trust in US, UK and Australia wanes

Sep. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — France’s European Union partners agreed Tuesday to put the country's festering dispute over a major Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain at the top of bloc’s political agenda, including at an EU summit next month. The...

'Hotel Rwanda' hero sentenced to 25 years on terror charges

Sep. 20, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving hundreds of his countrymen from genocide was convicted of terrorism offenses Monday and sentenced to 25 years at a trial that human rights watchdogs and other critics of Rwanda's repressive government have...

Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

Sep. 19, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rate stands at 63%. But there’s not much she can do about it. Her hope...

2015 Paris attacks suspect: Deaths of 130 'nothing personal'

Sep. 15, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The key defendant in the 2015 Paris attacks trial said Wednesday the coordinated killings were in retaliation for French airstrikes on the Islamic State group, calling the deaths of 130 innocent people “nothing personal" as he acknowledged his role for the first time. ...

EU approves funds to Italy's ITA, lifts Alitalia burden

Sep. 10, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s competition watchdog on Friday cleared an injection of Italian government funds into new national flag carrier ITA, and said the company would not be held accountable for illegal state aid given to its predecessor Alitalia. Just a...

Kansas sheriff's office says K-9 died after chasing suspect

Sep. 08, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A police dog in southwestern Kansas has died after being sent to chase a suspect, authorities there said. The Ford County Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page that a police dog named Kyra was called in Monday to help in chasing down a...