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EU releases blocked funds of $6.7 billion to Poland as part of its post-pandemic recovery package

Apr. 15, 2024 07:57 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union disbursed 6.3 billion euros (about $6.7 billion) to Poland as a part of the 27-nation bloc's post-pandemic recovery fund, the biggest single transfer ever to the country, a government minister said Monday. Poland's former national...

India's national election will take place in phases over 44 days. Here's why it takes so long

Apr. 14, 2024 23:20 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Nearly 970 million people — or over 10% of the global population — are eligible to vote in India's general elections that start Friday and last to June 1. The mammoth exercise is the biggest anywhere in the world and will take 44 days before results are announced on June 4. ...

Amen Corner proves pivotal as Scottie Scheffler's closest pursuers falter in final round of Masters

Apr. 14, 2024 20:15 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Amen Corner brought Scottie Scheffler's closest pursuers to their knees on Sunday. That famed three-hole stretch on the back nine at Augusta National, where history has so often been made in the Masters, is where Ludvig Aberg, Collin Morikawa and Max Homa put...

Cyprus suspends processing of Syrian asylum applications as boatloads of refugees continue arriving

Apr. 13, 2024 16:08 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus said Saturday it’s suspending processing all asylum applications by Syrian nationals because large numbers of refugees from the war-torn country continue to reach the island nation by boat, primarily from Lebanon. In a written statement, the Cypriot...

Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler is embarking on his first tour of Europe

Apr. 12, 2024 14:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Capitalizing on an impressive moment in Spanish-language music, Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler is embarking on his first tour of Europe. “Even Don Quixote didn’t get as far as urban Spanish-speaking music is getting today in the world. You can go...

No link between Ozempic, Wegovy and suicide, EU drug regulators say

Apr. 12, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

Drug regulators in Europe have found no evidence that popular diabetes and weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy are linked to a higher risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. The European Medicines Agency regulatory committee announced the results of its review on Friday. It's...

Polish lawmakers vote to move forward with work on lifting a near-total abortion ban

Apr. 12, 2024 13:30 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers voted Friday to move forward with proposals to lift a near-total ban on abortion, a divisive issue in the traditionally Roman Catholic country, which has one of the most restrictive laws in Europe. Members of the lower house of parliament, the...

Big banks warn of uncertain year ahead after mixed financial performances in the first quarter

Apr. 12, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Big banks warned of an “uncertain” year ahead after mixed financial results during the first quarter in an environment of stubbornly high inflation and geopolitical clashes in Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. JPMorgan reported a modest 6% rise in profits...

German parliament votes to make it easier for people to legally change their name and gender

Apr. 12, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Friday approved legislation that will make it easier for transgender, intersex and nonbinary people to change their name and gender in official records. The “self-determination law,” one of several social reforms that Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s...

Belgium launches probe into suspected Russian interference in upcoming EU elections

Apr. 12, 2024 09:51 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced on Friday an investigation into suspected Russian interference in June's Europe-wide elections, saying that his country’s intelligence service has confirmed the existence of a network trying to undermine support for Ukraine. ...