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‘I now recall:’ What to watch in Trump impeachment hearings

Nov. 20, 2019 12:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Exactly what is Gordon Sondland’s story? Certainly it’s full of international mystery, which House impeachment investigators are sorting through as they probe President Donald Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. But the intrigue is largely due to...

Sondland’s style created tension in EU before impeachment

Nov. 19, 2019 3:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Gordon Sondland didn’t come for coffee klatsch at European Union headquarters on Tuesday. Instead, Donald Trump’s diplomatic pit bull in Brussels was preparing to appear at the presidential impeachment inquiry in Washington. He may not have been missed on the Continent. Before...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

The Latest: EU launches action against UK over commissioner

Nov. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s failure to name a candidate for the new European Commission. (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The European Union has launched legal action against the United Kingdom following the country's decision not to name a candidate for the bloc's executive arm. The EU...

EU labors to keep nuclear deal alive after new Iran moves

Nov. 11, 2019 10:02 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Monday affirmed their support for the nuclear deal with Iran, after the Islamic Republic began enrichment work at its Fordo site in a fresh act of defiance that seems likely to spell the end of the painstakingly crafted international agreement. At talks...

Fugitive Catalan politicians surrender to Belgian police

Nov. 8, 2019 8:54 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say two associates of fugitive former Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont have handed themselves in to police after Spain issued a new warrant for their arrest. The Brussels prosecutor's office said Friday that former regional health minister Toni Comin and...

Cambodian opposition chief readies return from exile

Nov. 5, 2019 7:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition politician says he's ready to risk imprisonment or death by returning to his country from self-imposed exile to unseat the country's longtime ruler. Sam Rainsy, co-founder of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, told The Associated Press that he hopes his...

China denies reports of professor spying in Belgium

Oct. 31, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday that reports that a professor leading a Beijing-backed language and culture institute in Belgium was involved in spying are untrue. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said some Western media have published "false reports of distortions about the Confucius...

Christians want Belgian opera's naked Joan of Arc banned

Oct. 30, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Christian association is trying to prevent Brussels opera house La Monnaie from staging a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher," or "Joan of Arc at the Stake," in which the heroine appears dressed in men's clothes and, at one point, naked. The Pro Europa...

EU Brexit negotiator says the risk of no-deal Brexit remains

Oct. 30, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator is warning that the risk of having Britain leaving the 28-nation bloc without a ratified deal still remains. Michael Barnier said during a speech in Brussels that a no-deal Brexit "could happen at the end of January" if British lawmakers fail to...