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Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Protesters battle police in chaos-hit Barcelona

Oct. 18, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Catalonia (all times local): 11 p.m. Police in the regional capital of Catalonia are using water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel masked youths who are throwing cobblestones and flammable bottles, building barricades and setting dozens of...

The Latest: Johnson seeks support for Brexit deal

Oct. 18, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has applied more pressure to British lawmakers to pass Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal, saying there is no guarantee European Union leaders would grant a further extension to the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain...

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...

Ex-Catalan leader hands himself into Belgian authorities

Oct. 18, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has handed himself in to Belgian justice authorities after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest following the sentencing of 12 of his former colleagues. Puigdemont's office said Friday that he, "in the company of his lawyers, voluntarily...

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont hands himself to Belgian authorities after new arrest warrant issued in Spain

Oct. 18, 2019 4:42 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont hands himself to Belgian authorities after new arrest warrant issued in Spain.

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Oct. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region. Albania and North Macedonia were expecting this...

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

Oct. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament. With the ink barely dry on the proposal and...

Murray reaches quarters at Antwerp; top 3 seeds out

Oct. 17, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals of the European Open by beating Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-3 Thursday, while the three highest-seeded players were all eliminated. Murray couldn't convert any of his first seven break points but finally broke Cuevas in the final game of the first set....

The Latest: EU lawmakers might not OK Brexit deal by Oct. 31

Oct. 17, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says the EU legislature will take its full time to carefully examine and approve any divorce deal for Britain. Belgian lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt tells The Associated Press that could well spill...