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Queen Elizabeth II hosts Dutch king and queen at palace

Oct. 23, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Dutch king and queen on Tuesday began a state visit to Britain that will include full ceremonial honors and a gala banquet. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were welcomed Tuesday morning by Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Pavilion at Horse Guards in central London...

Former Dutch PM Wim Kok dies at 80, haunted by Srebrenica

Oct. 20, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, a trade unionist-turned-politician who inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s, has died at 80. Current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Kok, who died Saturday, "was a man to...

Starbucks selling stores, closing office in Europe

Oct. 18, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks is restructuring its European operations after several years of slowing sales. The Seattle-based coffee chain is selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea. Alsea will also provide services to 177 other...

European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security

Oct. 18, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout "to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk" and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk spoke in Brussels as he opened the...

The Latest: EU voices concerns over Italy's budget deficit

Oct. 18, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Italy's plans to ramp up public spending (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The European Commission has chastised Italy for a spending plan that will raise its deficit to three times that which was previously agreed, calling the deviation "unprecedented in the history" of the EU's...

Western government officials cancel trip to Saudi event

Oct. 18, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Senior government officials from the United States, France, Britain and the Netherlands joined a growing list of people cancelling out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid questions over the kingdom's involvement in the disappearance of a dissident writer. "I will not be...

After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

Oct. 18, 2018 7:30 AM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Cam Battley is a top executive at one of Canada's biggest marijuana companies, but he isn't sticking around to savor the country's historic pot legalization. He's off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week — a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the global pot industry,...

London's black cabs soon to be seen on the streets of Paris

Oct. 18, 2018 7:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — London's black cabs will be seen on the streets of Paris next year as the company that makes them begins selling its wares in the City of Light. London Electric Vehicle Co., which makes plug-in electric taxis that look like traditional black cabs, has put about 600 vehicles on the streets of...

As Canada legalizes pot, other countries likely to follow

Oct. 18, 2018 1:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global...

Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana

Oct. 16, 2018 9:40 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less after Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace Wednesday. A senior government official said those with a record will be allowed to apply for a...