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Erdogan defends Istanbul vote redo, critics see power grab

May. 7, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Tuesday that rerunning the Istanbul mayoral vote that was won by the opposition will only strengthen democracy, while critics called the decision an "outrageous" move to eliminate dissent against his government. Ruling in favor of...

UK's May says politicians have duty to complete Brexit

Apr. 11, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Granted a Brexit reprieve by the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers Thursday to pause, reflect on the need for compromise — and then fulfill their "national duty" to approve a divorce deal and take Britain out of the EU. But there is little sign the...

UK legislates to avert chaotic Brexit as May seeks new plan

Apr. 3, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit drama went into overtime Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May and the country's main opposition sought a compromise deal to prevent an abrupt British departure from the European Union at the end of next week. In an about-face that left pro-Brexit members of May's...

The Latest: UK lawmakers vote to avert 'no-deal' Brexit

Apr. 3, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Britain's House of Commons has by the narrowest of margins approved a bill designed to guarantee that the country can't leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement. The U.K. has just nine days,...

The Latest: EU Brexit official welcomes May's move

Apr. 2, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official has welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May's move to hold talks with the opposition Labour Party as "better late than never." Guy Verhofstadt welcomed May's move and said it was "good"...

The Latest: EU official: Hard Brexit 'nearly inevitable'

Apr. 1, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The European Parliament's top Brexit official says the U.K. has a "last chance" to break the deadlock on leaving the European Union. Guy Verhofstadt tweeted the comments soon after Britain's Parliament again...

UK Parliament rejects alternatives to May's Brexit deal

Apr. 1, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament has spoken — and it has said no, again. Lawmakers seeking a way out of the country's Brexit morass on Monday rejected four alternatives to the government's unpopular European Union divorce deal that would have softened or even halted Britain's departure. With just...

Facebook beefs up political ad rules ahead of EU election

Mar. 29, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said Friday it is further tightening requirements for European Union political advertising, in its latest efforts to prevent foreign interference and increase transparency ahead of the bloc's parliamentary elections. However, some EU politicians criticized the social media giant,...

EU parliament backs copyright bill targeting US tech giants

Mar. 26, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union lawmakers approved a copyright directive Tuesday intended to give writers and artists more protection of their creative rights and incomes. But outspoken critics say the contentious measure could have major implications for US tech companies and could censor anyone...

The Latest: UK lawmakers to debate Brexit petition

Mar. 26, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 6:10 p.m. British lawmakers will hold a non-binding debate next week on canceling the country's departure from the European Union, after an online petition calling for Brexit to be stopped amassed more than 5.7 million signatures. Under U.K. law, any...