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EU leaders commit to unity despite major divisions

May. 9, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Despite the impending departure of Britain, the remaining European Union countries committed Thursday to stick together "through thick and thin" to emerge as a stronger world power after years of internal divisions. "The world doesn't sleep," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as 27...

The Latest: Romanian soccer hero scores again for EU's Tusk

May. 9, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit in Romania (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Not everybody comes with gloves to a European Union summit, but European Council President Donald Tusk could not resist. At least, they weren't boxing gloves. While in Romania, where EU leaders held a...

EU 'stands united' behind Cyprus over Turkish drilling bid

May. 9, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The European Union "stands united" with Cyprus, a top official from the bloc said Thursday, after the Cypriot president blasted Turkey's bid to drill for gas in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights as a "new invasion." European Council...

The Latest: Trump says threats led to carrier deployment

May. 9, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the crisis surrounding Iran's decision to step away from the embattled nuclear deal with world powers (all times local): 7:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier group to the Persian Gulf because the Iranians "were threatening," telling reporters...

Romanian political spat comes to the fore at EU summit

May. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Romania's long-running political turmoil was on stark display once more Thursday, as its president criticized some of his country's politicians for "attacking European institutions" and undermining its standing in the European Union. Romania, which currently holds the EU's rotating...

EU urges Iran to respect nuclear deal, regrets US sanctions

May. 9, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday urged Iran to respect the international agreement curbing the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions, and added that the bloc aims to continue trading with the country despite U.S. sanctions. The EU and major European powers — Britain, France and Germany...

Cyprus seeks EU backing to counter Turkey's gas drilling bid

May. 8, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus will rally support from fellow European Union countries and others to counter Turkey's bid to drill in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights, Cypriot officials said Wednesday. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said he will outline...

Poland, others mark 15 years in EU amid far-right protests

May. 1, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and other nations marked the 15th anniversary of their membership in the European Union with a leaders' summit in Warsaw, while far-right critics celebrated the occasion with protests Wednesday against the 28-nation bloc. Besides Poland, other countries that joined the EU on...

The Latest: Ukraine's routed leader vows to reclaim office

Apr. 22, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy's projected landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election (all times local): 9:15 p.m. The outgoing president of Ukraine is telling supporters he plans to try to win the job back in a future election. President Petro Poroshenko was...

The Latest: University of Notre Dame to donate $100,000

Apr. 16, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8 p.m. The president of the University of Notre Dame said the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. The Rev. John Jenkins announced the...