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White gold: Cyprus' halloumi cheese entangled in politics

Dec. 15, 2019 3:16 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dairy farmers on Cyprus refer to halloumi as “white gold.” The salty, rubbery cheese made from goats' and sheep's milk and prized for its ability to withstand a grill without melting is the country's leading export. Cypriot authorities have spent years trying to get...

EU to hold donors' meeting for Albania quake reconstruction

Dec. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Commission said Saturday that member states have agreed to hold a donors’ conference in January in Albania to help the Balkan country rebuild after an earthquake killed 51 people last month. The commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, offered the...

Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority

Dec. 13, 2019 3:20 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Friday to heal Britain's divisions over Brexit after his gamble on early elections rewarded him with a commanding majority in Parliament and a new mandate to take his country out of the European Union at the end of January. Johnson's promise to “get...

Climate talks head into overtime with key issues unresolved

Dec. 13, 2019 2:29 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Officials from almost 200 countries hunkered down for another night of talks late Friday as a U.N. climate meeting in Madrid went into overtime without agreement on key issues. Chile, which is chairing the talks, said negotiators would continue working on two fronts trying to get deals on aid...

The Latest: Macron: UK and EU will remain tied after Brexit

Dec. 13, 2019 12:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Brexit election (all times local): 5 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says Britain and Europe will remain inextricably tied even after Brexit, which is now set to take place on Jan. 31 after Boris Johnson's Conservative Party won a convincing majority in...

EU relief as UK polls signal Brexit may soon be done

Dec. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday congratulated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his sweeping election victory amid optimism that his clear majority should finally allow him to push the long-stalled Brexit divorce deal through a reluctant parliament and end years of political...

European Commission chief wants future relations with UK to be 'as close as possible'; says time frame is 'challenging'

Dec. 13, 2019 7:41 AM EST
European Commission chief wants future relations with UK to be 'as close as possible'; says time frame is 'challenging'.

UK's Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Tories secure majority

Dec. 13, 2019 2:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. With 642 of...

Johnson victory means Brexit is coming, tough talks loom

Dec. 13, 2019 2:07 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on one theme alone — “Get Brexit done.” His sweeping victory in Thursday's election means that could now happen within weeks. Even before his Conservative Party had officially crossed the winning line Friday, Johnson said it...

The Latest: UK vote a disaster for left-wing Labour Party

Dec. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's Brexit general election (all times local): 6 a.m. Veteran Labour Party left-wing firebrand Dennis Skinner has lost his seat in the British election, one of many Labour lawmakers ousted by a Conservative challenger in Boris Johnson’s landslide victory. The...