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Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel's Cabinets

Jul. 16, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home. After she was confirmed by the European Parliament in a cliffhanger ballot that saw her scrape through with nine votes beyond a necessary...

Von der Leyen confirmed as new European Commission president

Jul. 16, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen was confirmed as the European Commission president Tuesday, becoming the first woman to hold one of the most prestigious positions in the European Union and who will be one of the most prominent faces from the bloc on the world stage. The European Parliament voted...

The Latest: German minister confirmed for top EU post

Jul. 16, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EU's executive commission. The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote...

The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

More to come: FTC fine doesn't spell closure for Facebook

Jul. 13, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

Facebook may be close to putting a Federal Trade Commission investigation behind it. But it faces a variety of other probes in Europe and the U.S., some of which could present it with even bigger headaches. While the $5 billion fine from the FTC, which Facebook has been expecting, is by far the largest the agency...

Teuns wins Tour de France Stage 6, Ciccone takes race lead

Jul. 11, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

CHAMPAGNEY, France (AP) — Two Tour de France rookies stole the show on the first mountain stage, with Dylan Teuns of Belgium winning Stage 6 and Giulio Ciccone of Italy taking the overall race lead on Thursday. Geraint Thomas, the defending champion, also rode strongly, going some way to answer questions...

The Latest: Euro ministers reject new Greek PM's appeal

Jul. 8, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Greece's election of a new government (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Greece's bailout creditors have rejected a call by the country's new government to ease strict budget targets that were agreed to after Athens received billions in rescue loans. Eurogroup President Mario...

For Tour de France riders, eating on the job key to winning

Jul. 8, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — At the Tour de France, there are two types of eating. There's food for pure pleasure, consumed with gusto by those who follow the race for three weeks through French regions heaving with edibles. And there's food for fuel, gobbled hungrily on and off the saddle by the riders whose chances...

Defending Tour champion Thomas opens up gaps on rivals

Jul. 7, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Just two days into the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas is already putting daylight between himself and some of the riders dreaming of dethroning the reigning champion. Thomas, who claimed his first Tour win last summer, answered questions surrounding his form and fitness in a dominant...

At Tour de France, tasting Belgium's chocolate is a must

Jul. 6, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — On meeting someone who makes bars of chocolate for a living, the question that immediately springs to mind is: "After a while, do you get sick of eating the stuff?" The reassuring response, firmly delivered by chocoholic chocolate-store manager Patricia Lafargue is that it's simply not...