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UK business groups plead for deal to prevent no-deal Brexit

Dec. 18, 2018 7:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's five leading business groups are pleading with the government to act to prevent the country's departure from the European Union without a deal. In an unusual expression of unity, the groups that represent hundreds of thousands of businesses employing millions told the nation's...

Belgian PM offers to resign after migration tears government

Dec. 18, 2018 4:47 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest coalition party quit over Michel's support for a United Nations compact on international migration. "I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now going to...

US hints at Trump Mideast peace plan: lots to like, some not

Dec. 18, 2018 2:08 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a hint, but no details, of the Trump administration's peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday, saying it's long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won't like. Haley said Israelis and...

EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount

Dec. 18, 2018 1:42 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat called Tuesday on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the former Serbian territory faced pushback from longtime allies such as the EU and NATO along with familiar hostilities with Serbia. Kosovo last month slapped a...

Clouds grow over German economy after stocks hit bear market

Dec. 18, 2018 12:48 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Worries are growing about the strength of the German economy, Europe's largest, after a key indicator suggested fears about trade wars and Brexit are hitting business activity and after the country's main stocks index slid into a bear market. The Ifo Institute said Tuesday its business...

UK ramps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse

Dec. 18, 2018 12:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government ramped up preparations Tuesday for the possibility that the country could leave the European Union in 101 days without a divorce deal — putting soldiers on standby and warning thousands of businesses and millions of households to get ready for the worst. With the...

Macedonian, Greek leaders see Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Dec. 18, 2018 10:57 AM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — A former Nobel Peace Prize winner says the prime ministers of Macedonia and Greece will be nominated for the 2019 peace prize for their efforts to end a 27-year dispute over Macedonia's name. Tunisian businesswoman Wided Bouchamaoui, a joint winner of the 2015 prize, announced her...

The Latest: 3,500 troops to be on standby if no-deal Brexit

Dec. 18, 2018 9:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 2:30 p.m. British Defense Secretary says around 3,500 troops will be on standby in support of the government to help deal with any disruptions in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit. Gavin Williamson says that while the...

EU officials, firms meet African leaders to talk investment

Dec. 18, 2018 8:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European officials and companies met with African leaders in Vienna Tuesday for talks intended as a springboard to increase investment in Africa. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, said investments of around 1...

AP PHOTOS: 2018 a year of discord in Europe

Dec. 18, 2018 7:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — As 2018 draws to a close, Europe is no closer to knowing the final outcome of Brexit, and Russia's ties with the West show no sign of improving. The streets of France have seen violent protests as "yellow vest" demonstrations have morphed from anger at a fuel tax hike to general discontent...