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Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 13, 2021 07:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a cornerstone of...

Pentagon chief on inaugural tour of Europe to shore up ties

Apr. 12, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Nearly a year after President Donald Trump ordered thousands of troops to leave Germany, capping a series of setbacks for U.S. relations with major allies, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday began an inaugural tour of Europe to shore up partnerships that are a...

Off-duty Italy art cops find looted statue in Belgian shop

Apr. 12, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have recovered a 1st century Roman statue that was stolen from an archaeological site in 2011 and found in a Belgian antiques shop by two off-duty Italian art squad police officers. An Italian businessman who used a Spanish pseudonym...

Blinken heads to Brussels for talks on Afghanistan, Ukraine

Apr. 12, 2021 07:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is heading to Brussels for talks with European and NATO allies about Afghanistan, Ukraine and other matters. The State Department says Blinken will have meetings in the Belgian capital on Tuesday and be met there by...

Snub in EU-Turkey meeting highlights gender equality issue

Apr. 07, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Gender equality issues took center stage Wednesday in Brussels a day after Ursula von der Leyen, one the EU's most powerful executives, was treated like a second-rank official during a visit to Ankara. Von der Leyen — the European Commission president...

Belgium imposes ban on AZ jabs for people under 56

Apr. 07, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is disregarding Wednesday’s advice from the European Union’s drug regulator and imposing a four-week ban on administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged under 56. The European Medicines Agency said that even though it found a...

Tanzania's new president changes policy on COVID-19, media

Apr. 06, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Tanzania's new president appears to be taking a new, scientific approach to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. President Samia Suluhu Hassan said Tuesday she will form a technical committee to advise her about the scope of COVID-19 infections in the...

Easter weekend brings Belgium another record cocaine seizure

Apr. 06, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities came out of the long Easter weekend with another record cocaine haul after customs officials at the port of Antwerp seized almost 11 tons of the drug, discovered amid a cargo of blue leather. The shipment brought the total amount of...

Belgium police clash with partiers amid virus restrictions

Apr. 01, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Clashes between Belgian police and a large crowd of people Thursday in one of Brussels’ biggest parks left dozens injured after revellers gathered for an unauthorized event despite coronavirus restrictions. Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de keere...

AP PHOTOS: Looking for solitude in pandemic times

Apr. 01, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — One year into the pandemic, just about everyone’s travel experience has changed. So it's not surprising that someone came up with this: Instead of a cabin on a Mediterranean cruise ship where vacationers mill around with thousands of others,...