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Albania complains its EU accession bid is being held hostage

Sep. 28, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister on Tuesday complained about the delay in the launch of European Union membership negotiations with his country, saying Bulgaria’s veto is holding the process hostage. Edi Rama spoke at a news conference with European...

EU adopts 5 billion-euro Brexit reserve to help businesses

Sep. 28, 2021 08:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Council on Tuesday approved a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) reserve aimed at helping EU businesses tackle the short-term effects of Brexit. The council, which represents the national government of every EU member nation, said the money will...

Global biodiversity conference opens in southern France

Sep. 03, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron opened a global summit on biodiversity on Friday, saying the world needs to act promptly and decisively to safeguard the Earth's natural resources. “There is no vaccine for a sick planet," he warned. ...

Afghan 'wake-up call' breeds support for EU military force

Sep. 01, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — The collapse of Afghanistan's government, the Taliban’s takeover of the country, and the rush to evacuate European citizens and Afghan employees have highlighted the European Union’s need for its own rapid-reaction military force, senior EU officials say. ...

EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions

Aug. 30, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union recommended Monday that its 27 nations reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infections there, but member countries will keep the option of allowing fully vaccinated U.S. travelers in. The...

The Latest: Mexico accepts its 1st group of Afghan refugees

Aug. 24, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has accepted its first group of refugees from Afghanistan. The five women and one man arrived Tuesday in Mexico City, where they were welcomed by Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard. Ebrard told the group, “Welcome to your home.” ...

Ukraine's leader vows to do all he can to bring back Crimea

Aug. 23, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president on Monday vowed to do all he can to bring back the peninsula of Crimea, annexed by Russia seven years ago, and urged international allies to support the effort. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke at the Crimean Platform summit,...

International conference on Lebanon raises $370 million

Aug. 04, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

SAULIEU, France (AP) — An international conference on Lebanon on Wednesday raised some $370 million in aid to meet the country's humanitarian needs, one year after the massive explosion at Beirut’s port, the French presidency said. The pledges, to be delivered over...

EU says democratic standards under threat in Poland, Hungary

Jul. 20, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards in the European Union are eroding in several member countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland where judicial independence is under threat, the EU’s executive commission said Tuesday in its annual report on adherence to the rule of law. ...

EU vows to help Lithuania amid flow of migrants from Belarus

Jul. 06, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The European Union promised Tuesday to help bloc member Lithuania handle an influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, which the Baltic nation says is encouraged by authorities in neighboring Belarus as part of their standoff with the West. ...