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Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attack

Oct. 16, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Cologne police are investigating whether extremism was the motivation behind a bloody hostage-taking at the city's main train station, but so far have found no ties to the Islamic State group, authorities said Tuesday. Criminal police investigation leader Klaus-Stephan Becker told reporters...

China wants to deepen economic ties in 16 European nations

Oct. 16, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — China wants to boost its cooperation with central and eastern Europe, a Chinese government minister on Tuesday told officials from the region where China already finances projects as part of its bid for more global influence. Transport Minister Li Xiaopeng told officials from 16...

Ex-UK prime minister: Brexit issue 'had to be gripped'

Oct. 16, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) — Former British Prime Minister David Cameron says it was right for the United Kingdom to hold the referendum that resulted in his nation voting to leave the European Union. Cameron, the UK's prime minister from 2010 to 2016, spoke Monday night as part of Hamilton College's program that...

The Latest: Tusk says new thinking required in Brexit talks

Oct. 16, 2018 10:32 AM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Britain's upcoming departure from the European Union (all times local): 4:30 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk says new thinking is required to end the Brexit standoff and is likening the Irish border problem to the mythical Gordian Knot that cannot be untied. Tusk...

Macron seeks fresh start with French government reshuffle

Oct. 16, 2018 10:22 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's government sought to give itself a fresh start after a difficult summer with a limited reshuffle on Tuesday that included a new interior minister. The reshuffle is seen as an attempt by Macron to take back control after three senior ministers resigned in...

Czech Republic gets foreign minister after migration delay

Oct. 16, 2018 9:17 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's center-left government has a full-time foreign minister in place after a dispute over migration delayed an appointment for months. Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Tomas Petricek to the post on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Petricek was the nominee of the Social...

Europe warns of revolt if Italy draft budget accepted

Oct. 16, 2018 9:15 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist government was heading into a budget battle with the European Union after disregarding pointed warnings to ease up on spending promises that have shattered previous deficit pledges and threaten Italy's ability to lower its heavy debt load. The EU Commission President...

EU's Barnier hopes Brexit deal possible in 'coming weeks'

Oct. 16, 2018 9:12 AM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union and Britain are seeking to get their divorce negotiations back on track at Wednesday's Brexit summit after botched weekend talks pushed back expectations of a deal into November at the earliest. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said Tuesday that...

Audi fined $925 million in Germany over diesel emissions

Oct. 16, 2018 8:36 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German law enforcement authorities added another chapter to Volkswagen's diesel scandal Tuesday by fining the company's luxury division Audi 800 million euros ($925 million) for selling cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests. Prosecutors in Munich said Tuesday that the fine was...

EU chides Poland again over rule of law, judicial conflict

Oct. 16, 2018 8:13 AM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's executive has criticized Poland for exacerbating its conflict with the bloc over the state of the rule of law in the nation and the controversial nomination of new judges. EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Tuesday that "sadly things have not improved"...