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Eurogroup President and Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno, second left, meets with European Council President Charles Michel, second right, at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

'Voodoo statistics' floated as EU budget battle looms

Feb. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — After almost two years of sparring, the European Union was girding itself Wednesday for perhaps the final round of the bloc’s traditional budget slug-fest, a potentially long and fiery summit to thrash out Europe’s spending plans for the next seven years. Leaders from the 27...

French lab scientists in hazmat gear inserting liquid in test tube manipulate potentially infected patient samples at Pasteur Institute in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Scientists at the Pasteur Institute developed and shared a quick test for the new virus that is spreading worldwide, and are using genetic information about the coronavirus to develop a potential vaccine and treatments. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

EU health ministers boost preparations to fight new virus

Feb. 13, 2020 1:34 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union health ministers agreed Thursday to boost preparations and organize a coordinated response to prevent the virus that emerged in China from further spreading across Europe. At an emergency meeting in Brussels, officials from the bloc’s 27 nations said they need to plan...

UN chief: 250 million children in conflict-affected nations

Feb. 12, 2020 10:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Some 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. And he said 2018 saw more than 12,000 children killed or injured as a result of those conflicts, the highest number since 1996. Speaking...

EU Parliament chief pushes for ambitious long-term budget

Feb. 12, 2020 11:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament president warned EU member states Wednesday that they won't have the support of lawmakers if they fail to back anambitious long-term budget for the bloc. European leaders will gather in Brussels on Feb. 20 for a special summit to find a compromise on the bloc's...

A view of a Toyota car in a sinkhole which appeared overnight in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, in Brentwood, England, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Storm Ciara battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were canceled as authorities urged millions of people to stay indoors, away from falling tree branches. (Nick Ansell/PA via AP)

Fierce storm causes deaths, damage and delays across Europe

Feb. 10, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A storm battered Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, killing at least seven people and causing severe travel disruptions as it moved eastward across the continent Monday and bore down on Germany. After striking Britain and Ireland on Sunday, the storm moved on, leaving a trail...

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during an event 'Scotland's European Future after Brexit' at the European Policy Center in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Scottish government leader urges UK to stick to EU standards

Feb. 10, 2020 12:49 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leader of Scotland's government warned Monday that Britain would pay a “heavy cost" if it abandons European Union rules and standards after a post-Brexit transition period expires at the end of the year. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also reiterated her desire for a...

Waves crash into the wall at Newhaven south east England, as Storm Ciara, named by the Met Office national weather agency, hits the UK, Sunday Feb. 9, 2020. Trains, flights and ferries have been cancelled and weather warnings issued across the United Kingdom as a storm with hurricane-force winds up to 80 mph (129 kph) batters the region. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

Premier League game, other soccer in Europe off due to storm

Feb. 9, 2020 11:35 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Manchester City's Premier League game against West Ham on Sunday was called off due to a storm battering northern Europe , as were matches in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The announcement was made five hours before the scheduled kickoff in the northern English city of Manchester,...

In this Feb. 2, 2020, photo, Polish military personnel wearing protective suits talk with evacuees from Wuhan, China, after their arrival at an airport in Marseilles, France. China said Tuesday the number of infections from a new virus surpassed 20,000 as medical workers and patients arrived at a new hospital and President Xi Jinping said

UK, France urge citizens out of China; Belgium sees 1st case

Feb. 4, 2020 5:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Tuesday urged all of its citizens in China to leave the country because of the outbreak of a respiratory illness from a new virus, while Belgium became the latest nation to announce a confirmed case. An updated advisory issued by the U.K. Foreign Office said that while commercial...

This handout photo taken and released by Malaysia's Ministry of Health shows Malaysian nationals being directed onto a bus by health officials in protective suits as they arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, after being evacuated from China's Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Muzzafar Kasim/Malaysia's Ministry of Health via AP)

New virus has infected more than 20,600 globally

Feb. 4, 2020 10:15 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 20,600 people globally. The latest figures as of Tuesday in Beijing: — China: 425 deaths and 20,438 confirmed cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has had 17 cases, including one death. Macao has had 10 cases. Most of the deaths have...

People wear protective face masks in a bus in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Hong Kong on Tuesday reported its first death from a new virus, a man who had traveled from the mainland city of Wuhan that has been the epicenter of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The Latest: France warns against all travel to China

Feb. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local): 9:45 p.m. France’s government has joined Britain in warning against any non-essential travel to China and suggesting that all of its citizens in China leave while the new virus is still spreading. The Foreign...