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Cyclone's huge floods leave hundreds dead in southern Africa

Mar. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

CHIMANIMANI, Zimbabwe (AP) — Aid workers rushed to rescue victims clinging to trees and crammed on rooftops Tuesday after a cyclone unleashed devastating floods in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. More than 350 people were confirmed dead, hundreds were missing and thousands more were at risk. In...

US, Russia divided on Venezuela after talks in Rome

Mar. 19, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Russia and the United States remain split on how to resolve the crisis in Venezuela, officials from both powers said Tuesday after talks in Rome. Elliott Abrams, the Trump administration's special envoy to Venezuela, met with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov to discuss the...

UK aims to salvage Brexit deal as EU says: make up your mind

Mar. 19, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan has been derailed in Parliament. Now she is at the mercy of an exasperated European Union. May was preparing Tuesday to ask the EU for a delay of at least several months to Brexit after the speaker of the House of Commons ruled that she can't keep...

Hungary's Orban to attend meeting on party's possible ouster

Mar. 19, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be traveling to Brussels to attend a meeting of the main center-right alliance in the European Parliament, set to discuss the expulsion or suspension of Orban's Fidesz party from the group. Thirteen of the European People's Party's 49...

AP Explains: Why southern African cyclone is so shattering

Mar. 19, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The lives of hundreds of thousands of people are at risk after a cyclone ripped into central Mozambique and heavy rains continue to fall. Aid groups report people clinging to rooftops and trees as rivers burst their banks and waters rise. Authorities openly worry that the world has not...

The Latest: Barnier: May must explain Brexit delay reasoning

Mar. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The European Union's Brexit negotiator says Prime Minister Theresa May must explain to EU leaders this week exactly why she wants an extension to the Brexit deadline beyond March 29. Michel Barnier said Tuesday...

Italy to join China initiative despite US objections

Mar. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Premier Giuseppe Conte pledged Tuesday to make Italy the first Group of Seven nation to join China's ambitious Belt and Road initiative, despite objections from the United States and concerns within his governing coalition. Speaking to parliament, Conte said that Italy's signing of a...

EU eyes June to begin membership talks with North Macedonia

Mar. 19, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat says the bloc aims to begin membership talks with North Macedonia in June, after the country lifted the biggest obstacle to joining by changing its name last month. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that "our joint objective is to have...

Poland seeks to prosecute communist-era judges, prosecutors

Mar. 19, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is seeking to prosecute seven communist-era judges and prosecutors who imprisoned pro-democracy fighters in the 1980s, justice officials said Tuesday. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, said that authorities want to lift the immunity of three judges and four prosecutors, who...

Global markets recover as focus turns towards Fed decision

Mar. 19, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets recovered their poise Tuesday after a lackluster session in Asia as investors digested the latest bout of Brexit uncertainty and prepared for a key U.S. Federal Reserve meeting. In Europe, France's CAC 40 rose 0.5 percent to 5,440, while Germany's DAX climbed 1 percent to...