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Jewish artifacts stolen during Holocaust now in US custody

Jul. 23, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of religious artifacts stolen from Jewish synagogues and homes in Europe during the Holocaust are now in the hands of U.S. authorities who plan to return them to their communities of origin. The authorities announced this week they had recovered...

Grueling itinerary set for pope's first post-surgery trip

Jul. 21, 2021 08:17 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday announced a grueling itinerary for Pope Francis’ first post-surgery foreign trip, scheduling around-the-clock encounters and hopscotching flights for his Sept. 12-15 visit to Hungary and Slovakia. Francis, 84, had already confessed...

Taiwan, Lithuania ties grow despite pressure from Beijing

Jul. 20, 2021 06:58 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan will exchange representative offices with Lithuania, the self-governed island said Tuesday, in a breakthrough for its foreign relations that are under constant pressure from China. The offices will seek to enhance economic and trade...

EU nations approve a dozen pandemic recovery plans

Jul. 13, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations approved the pandemic recovery plans of the bloc's four biggest economies and eight other member countries Tuesday, a move seen as a bellwether for an economic revival from the unprecedented recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Central European leaders worry over Afghan migration 'wave'

Jul. 09, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Central European leaders on Friday voiced concern over what they said was a potential migration rush from Afghanistan as U.S. and NATO forces pull out from that country. They also complained that a small group of powerful countries within the European Union...

Slovakia's top court dismisses referendum on early election

Jul. 07, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s top court ruled Wednesday that a nationwide referendum cannot be held on whether to call an early parliamentary election. President Zuzana Caputova had asked the Constitutional Court to rule on the matter after over 585,000...

Pope adds Slovakia trip to Hungary visit in September

Jul. 04, 2021 07:57 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he'll go to Slovakia in September, adding a three-day visit to that European nation after a pilgrimage to neighboring Hungary. It was already known that Francis planned to be in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, to...

Infrastructure, low tax are priority for V4 leader Hungary

Jun. 30, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Wednesday that investment and developing infrastructure facilitated by low tax are the main goals for his government as it takes the annual rotating leadership of the Visegrad Group in central Europe. ...

5 dead, hundreds injured by rare tornado in Czech Republic

Jun. 25, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A rare tornado believed to be the most devastating in the Czech Republic’s modern history has torn through the country's southeast, killing at least five people and injuring hundreds, rescue services and police said on Friday. The tornado touched down...

Slovakia backs pension cuts for former communist officials

Jun. 23, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia’s Parliament approved legislation on Wednesday that reduces pensions paid to members of the former communist regime. Prime Minister Eduard Heger said the aim of the law was to correct “a terrible contrast” between the...