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The Latest: Customs, VAT issues seen holding up Brexit deal

Oct. 16, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says that over the coming hours in the run-up to the EU summit "there are possibilities for an agreement, but it is not done." He says customs and VAT matters are the remaining big issues to...

How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Oct. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for...

Germany angered by Shell refusal to dismantle old oil rigs

Oct. 16, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it has called an international meeting over Shell's refusal to dismantle old oil rigs containing thousands of tons of crude in the Northeast Atlantic. A spokesman for Germany's environment ministry told reporters in Berlin that the OSPAR Commission, which...

Sudanese rebel group suspends peace talks after attack

Oct. 16, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese rebel group said Wednesday it suspended peace talks with the transitional government, accusing the military of attacking and detaining people in a southern area under its control, an early blow to negotiations that had just begun with high expectations in South Sudan's capital,...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems flub details on climate, guns, Syria

Oct. 16, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen Democrats seeking the presidency tussled in a debate packed with policy, flubbing some details in the process. Several gave an iffy explanation of why they're not swinging behind a bold proposal to make people turn over their assault-style weapons. Sloppiness also crept in during...

AP PHOTOS: Migrant surge overwhelms Greek islands

Oct. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

SKALA, Greece (AP) — Greece's eastern islands are struggling to cope with a surge in arrivals of migrants and asylum-seekers that has undermined efforts to ease severe overcrowding at refugee camps. The number of people reaching Lesbos, Samos and other Greeks islands in the eastern Aegean Sea is the...

Italy's government to avoid widely criticized sales tax rise

Oct. 16, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's new government has reached agreement on a set of budget measures to avoid a sales tax increase that critics warned would hurt the economy by weighing on spending. The measures agreed by Premier Giuseppe Conte's cabinet early Wednesday include revenue-raising measures to fight...

Brexit ignites fears of renewed violence in Northern Ireland

Oct. 16, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Kate Nash says the time known as "The Troubles" never really ended in Northern Ireland. While the 1998 Good Friday Agreement brought an era of relative peace and prosperity to the U.K. region, paramilitary groups still exist and lower levels of violence continue to plague...

Tensions high as South Sudan faces unity government deadline

Oct. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's fragile peace deal is faltering less than a month before the country's president and armed opposition leader are meant to form a coalition government and begin the long recovery from a five-year civil war. Some doubt it's safe enough for opposition leader Riek Machar...

Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Peru

Oct. 16, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia wants bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, the trade minister said Wednesday, adding that the Hong Kong treaty supports its unique status within China. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham introduced legislation into...