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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...

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

Apr. 12, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers voted Friday to continue work on 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...

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. ...

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

Apr. 12, 2024 07:10 AM 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...

Belgian prime minister announces probe into suspected Russian election interference to undermine EU support for Ukraine

Apr. 12, 2024 05:41 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prime minister announces probe into suspected Russian election interference to undermine EU support for Ukraine.

AP Week in Pictures: Africa and Europe

Apr. 12, 2024 05:11 AM EDT

April 5-11, 2024 Northern lights dance in the sky over the eruption of a volcano in Iceland, Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr, and Anouk Garnier breaks a record climbing a rope under the Eiffel Tower. This gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or...

As world's central banks wrestle with when to cut rates, Europe signals it's ready to move

Apr. 11, 2024 11:11 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank signalled Thursday it could cut interest rates at its next meeting in June, a big step as the rich world's central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, wrestle with how soon declining inflation will let them lower credit costs for business...

Hungary will impose new restrictions on agricultural imports from Ukraine

Apr. 11, 2024 07:33 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's government will place new restrictions on the import of Ukrainian agricultural products, the country's agricultural minister said Thursday, a move designed to protect Hungarian farmers from market fluctuations caused by cheaper Ukrainian imports. ...

Fixture pileup a concern as Premier League title contenders look to juggle European commitments

Apr. 11, 2024 05:26 AM EDT

For the three contenders in the Premier League title race, any dropped points from this stage could be fatal. The danger could be greater than ever for Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City this weekend. On the face of it, the games don’t appear too difficult —...

Turkey seizes its third largest cocaine haul. Experts say the country is becoming a drug transit hub

Apr. 11, 2024 04:09 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police have seized the third largest haul of cocaine in the country’s history, Interior Minister Ali Yerlikaya announced Thursday, as groups monitoring organized crime warned that the country was becoming an entry point for drugs reaching Europe. Some 608...