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Trick or treat? EU, UK agree to delay Brexit until Halloween

Apr. 10, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As if Brexit hadn't spooked Britain and the European Union enough over the past three years, the two sides agreed early Thursday to extend the deadline to Halloween. The new, Oct. 31 cutoff date averts a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit that had been scheduled for Friday....

China's spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West

Apr. 10, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter Beijing's mounting economic and political...

Swedish government pledges support for 2026 Olympics

Apr. 9, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Barely two months out from the vote, Sweden received the biggest boost yet to its bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics: Official support from the country's government. "I'm glad that we have been able to give this backing," Sports Minister Amanda Lind told broadcaster TV4 on Tuesday. "The...

High seeds Sevastova, Mertens, Goerges fall in Charleston

Apr. 3, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Fourth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia was among three of the world's top 20 players who lost to unseeded opponents at the Volvo Car Open on Wednesday. Sevastova, ranked 12th in the WTA, fell to American Jessica Pegula 6-4, 6-2. Sixth-seeded Elise Mertens of Belgium, No. 17 in...

Switzerland's Bencic wins to open play at the Volvo Car Open

Apr. 1, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ninth-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Australia's Destanee Aiava on Monday at the WTA's first clay-court event of the season. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, the 10th seed, opened play at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-1,...

Attorney: NBA star Kristaps Porzingis is accused of rape

Mar. 30, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis acknowledged Saturday that a woman has accused the NBA star of rape, but says the Dallas Mavericks forward "unequivocally" denies the allegation. Lawyer Roland Riopelle said the claim against the player was part of an extortion attempt that is being...

Another Nordic bank CEO falls over money laundering scandal

Mar. 28, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive of one of Sweden's largest banks was fired Thursday in the wake of allegations that the bank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in the Baltic countries. It is the second major Nordic bank CEO to fall over the scandal in four months. Swedbank...

World Cup role reversal as Germany wins, Croatia struggles

Mar. 24, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago. After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz's 90th-minute winner earned the...

Lithuanian man pleads guilty in $100M internet fraud case

Mar. 20, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Lithuanian man who duped Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into accounts he controlled pleaded guilty to wire fraud Wednesday. Evaldas Rimasauskas, 50, of Vilnius, Lithuania, entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan, where Judge George B. Daniels set a July 24...

Dukurs, Hermann win world championships in skeleton

Mar. 8, 2019 8:21 PM EST

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Martins Dukurs saved his best race for the last race of the season. The Latvian veteran won the world championship for the sixth time Friday, his time over four runs down the 2010 Vancouver Olympics track ending up a half-second ahead of Russia's Nikita Tregubov. Olympic...