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Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Croatia qualify for Euro 2020

Nov. 16, 2019 6:39 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Saturday. For the Germans, it’s a record 13th straight time that they will appear at the tournament, continuing a run going back to 1972. The three-time champion advanced with a 4-0 win over...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

The Latest: EU launches action against UK over commissioner

Nov. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s failure to name a candidate for the new European Commission. (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The European Union has launched legal action against the United Kingdom following the country's decision not to name a candidate for the bloc's executive arm. The EU...

Islamic State returnees cloud anniversary of Paris attacks

Nov. 13, 2019 11:40 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France commemorated the fourth anniversary of the Islamic State attacks that struck the heart of Paris with a solemn reading Wednesday of the names of 131 dead, and the growing certainty that the group’s recruits will return home in increasing numbers. Three squads made up almost...

EU labors to keep nuclear deal alive after new Iran moves

Nov. 11, 2019 10:02 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday affirmed their support for the nuclear deal with Iran, after the Islamic Republic began enrichment work at its Fordo site in a fresh act of defiance that seems likely to spell the end of the painstakingly crafted international agreement. At talks...

Fugitive Catalan politicians surrender to Belgian police

Nov. 8, 2019 8:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say two associates of fugitive former Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont have handed themselves in to police after Spain issued a new warrant for their arrest. The Brussels prosecutor's office said Friday that former regional health minister Toni Comin and...

EU court cancels decision against UKIP ally over misspending

Nov. 7, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a victory for Brexit activist Nigel Farage, the EU's top court on Thursday annulled a decision from the European Parliament that demanded a political group linked to the British party UKIP reimburse tens of thousands in EU funds. The Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe had been asked...

Sweden charges Iraqi man with spying for Iran

Nov. 6, 2019 6:04 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A 46-year-old Iraqi man was on Wednesday charged with spying for Iran by gathering information on Iranian refugees in Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands. Prosecutor Hans-Jorgen Hanstrom said the man, who was not identified, collected "personal information" about Iranian Arabs, known as...

Cambodian opposition chief readies return from exile

Nov. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition politician says he's ready to risk imprisonment or death by returning to his country from self-imposed exile to unseat the country's longtime ruler. Sam Rainsy, co-founder of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, told The Associated Press that he hopes his...

China denies reports of professor spying in Belgium

Oct. 31, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that reports that a professor leading a Beijing-backed language and culture institute in Belgium was involved in spying are untrue. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said some Western media have published "false reports of distortions about the Confucius...