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Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, center right, and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-institutional relations and Foresight Maros Sefcovic, center left, attend the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. At center on screen is EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier joining by videoconference. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU-UK spat over Brexit deal clouds key trade talks this week

Sep. 28, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain entered a crucial week of post-Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday by rejecting the EU’s demand that it drop plans to breach the legally binding agreement it signed on its departure from the bloc. The EU told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to brace for a...

Medical staff holds swabs for rapid COVID-19 tests at a high school in Rome, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. While hospitalizations and intensive care admissions are slightly rising, Italy has so far managed to keep its coronavirus infections per 100,000 people far lower than France, Spain or Britain, which earlier this week were forced to impose new restrictions to avoid a second pandemic wave. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Kansas: Record 16% of virus tests are positive

Sep. 28, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is reporting another seven-day record for new coronavirus cases, with 16% of tests for the virus during that period coming back positive. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday that the U.S. state had 2,037 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases since...

FILE - In this July 18, 2018, file photo a United Airlines commercial jet sits at a gate at Terminal C of Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J.  United Airlines plans to furlough about 16,000 employees in October 2020 as air travel continues to be hammered by the pandemic. That's fewer furloughs than United predicted in July, when it warned 36,000 employees that they could lose their jobs.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

United Airlines reaches deal with pilots, avoids furloughs

Sep. 28, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

United Airlines and its pilots have reached an agreement that both sides say will avoid about 2,850 furloughs that were set to take effect later this week and another 1,000 early next year. The Air Line Pilots Association said Monday that the deal will allow United to spread a reduced amount of flying across the...

Schoolchildren wait to enter their school in Harare, Zimbabwe, Monday Sept, 28, 2020. Zimbabwe schools have reopened in phases, but with smaller number of pupils, more teachers and other related measures to enable children to resume their education without the risk of a spike in COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe begins gradual reopening of schools amid virus

Sep. 28, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s schools Monday reopened for pupils in two grades as part of a gradual process that will see all pupils return to class by early November. But many teachers did not report for work, as their union demanded that the government should first pay them a COVID-19...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

The Latest: Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

Sep. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 6:25 a.m. Japan’s new prime minister says he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.” The Games this year were postponed because...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier, right, meets with European Council President Charles Michel at the EU Council building in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

EU leader Michel lashes out at Britain over post-Brexit plan

Sep. 25, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Charles Michel used the virtual pulpit of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to lash out at Britain for its threats to renege on parts of the withdrawal treaty it signed with the EU and warned that the 27-nation bloc won't back down in the final weeks of acrimonious...

Commuters at Waterloo Station, in London, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, after Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases in England. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

UK announces new plan to help workers hit by pandemic

Sep. 24, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s treasury chief announced a new income support program Thursday for workers hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, as the government races to prevent widespread layoffs when earlier employer subsidies end next month. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, in a speech to lawmakers, unveiled his...

European Commissioner for Health, Stella Kyriakides, speaks regarding the updated coronavirus (COVID-19) risk assessment during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Francois Lenoir, Pool via AP)

EU warns of slim window to avoid repeat of prior virus peak

Sep. 24, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials urged member nations Thursday to move quickly to slow the latest wave of COVID-19 infections to avoid a repeat of the broad lockdowns that paralyzed the continent’s economy in the spring. EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides said the most recent risk...

In-person learning draws ire of teachers; 11 COVID-19 deaths

Sep. 22, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A major Massachusetts teachers union is accusing the state's top education official of pressuring more than a dozen school districts for asking them to come up with plans for in-person learning. “In light of the stark discrepancy between local public health data and your reopening...

FILE  - In this Aug. 12, 2020 file photo, Unifor President Jerry Dias, left, elbow bumps Ryan Kantautas, Vice President of Human Resources at Ford Canada, after a photo opportunity at the start of formal contract talks with the Detroit Three automakers, Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors, in Toronto. The union that represents Canadian auto workers says it has reached a tentative three-year contract deal with Ford to build five new electric vehicles at a factory near Toronto. Dias says the deal was reached early Tuesday, Sept. 22 after an all-night bargaining session.  (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian auto workers reach tentative contract with Ford

Sep. 22, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The union representing Canadian auto workers says it has reached a tentative three-year contract deal with Ford to build five new electric vehicles at a factory near Toronto. Unifor President Jerry Dias says the deal was reached early Tuesday after an all-night bargaining session. It...