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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, Brexit supporters hold British and US flags during a rally in London. The international reputation of the United States has declined further in the wake of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research published Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020, from the Pew Research Center. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, FILE)

Survey: US's international reputation takes a virus hit

Sep. 15, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The international reputation of the United States has declined further in the wake of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research Tuesday from the Pew Research Center. In some of the 13 countries surveyed, favorable views of the U.S. have fallen to record lows. Pew...

A policeman handcuffs Paul Rusesabagina, right, whose story inspired the film

'Hotel Rwanda' hero charged with terrorism in Rwanda court

Sep. 14, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan court on Monday charged Paul Rusesabagina, whose story inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda,” with terrorism, complicity in murder, and forming an armed rebel group. Rusesabagina declined to respond to all 13 charges, saying some did not qualify as criminal offenses...

Homeless people arrive in the 'Aurore' center for homeless and migrants in Paris, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The United Nation's independent expert on poverty is warning that the worst impacts from the coronavirus pandemic on poverty are yet to come, and that measures taken by governments to protect societies are insufficient. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

UN expert: Pandemic's worst impacts on poverty yet to come

Sep. 11, 2020 4:33 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations independent expert on poverty is warning that the worst impacts from the coronavirus pandemic on poverty are yet to come, and that measures taken by governments to protect people so far have been insufficient. “The social safety nets put into place are full of...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018 file photo Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands during a break in the hearing on his appeal in a court in Moscow, Russia. The German hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been taking out of an induced coma and is responsive. Berlin's Charite hospital said Monday that Navalny's condition has further improved, allowing doctors to end the medically induced coma and gradually ease him off mechanical ventilation. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Russia clashes with Germany and West over Navalny poisoning

Sep. 10, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia clashed with Germany and five of its Western allies Thursday over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, with Moscow’s ambassador demanding evidence that a Soviet-era nerve agent was responsible and Germany’s envoy countering that his country's findings...

FILE - In this July 24, 1960 file photo, Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba waves as he sits in car for the drive from Idlewild Airport, New York after his arrival from Europe to speak to the United Nations Security Council. The family of Congolese independence icon Patrice Lumumba will soon receive the only known remains of the assassinated leader, a tooth removed after his death by a Belgium man whose family apparently held on to it for nearly 60 years, the federal prosecutor's office in Belgium announced on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo, File)

Belgium to return tooth to family of slain Congolese icon

Sep. 10, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba met a grisly end after his assassination in 1961: His body was dismembered and dissolved with acid in an apparent effort to keep any grave from becoming a pilgrimage site. Then, the story goes that a tooth was pulled from his corpse during...

Coronavirus hits Belgian government coalition talks

Sep. 9, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A key negotiator trying to cobble together a Belgian coalition government has tested positive for COVID-19, co-negotiator Conner Rousseau said Wednesday, dampening hopes that one of the country's longest political impasses could be broken soon Dutch-speaking Liberal Egbert Lachaert has the...

EU Parliament plenary to stay out of Strasbourg next week

Sep. 8, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament will keep its plenary sessions in Brussels next week because traveling to Strasbourg would pose too many dangers during the coronavirus pandemic. Parliament President David Sassoli said legislators “have done everything to resume the normal course of our...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, European Council President Charles Michel, right, greets Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic prior to a meeting at the European Council building in Brussels. The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo committed Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 to European Union-brokered talks on normalizing their strained ties and appeared to play down the importance of a surprise announcement last week by U.S. President Donald Trump that they are beefing up economic cooperation. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool, File)

EU warns Serbia, Kosovo over Israel embassy move

Sep. 7, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned Serbia and Kosovo on Monday that they could undermine their EU membership hopes by moving their Israeli embassies to Jerusalem, as U.S. President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement about the change left officials in Belgrade and Pristina scrambling to...

Fourth generation tour boat operator Michiel Michielsens drives his electric boat down a canal in Bruges, Belgium, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Europe’s leanest summer tourist season in history is starting to draw to a close, six months after the coronavirus hit the continent. COVID-19 might tighten its grip over the coming months, with losses piling up in the tens of billions of euros across the 27-nation European Union. In the Belgian city of Bruges, white swans instead of tourist boats rule the canals, hotels stand empty and museums count their losses. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Pandemic turns summer into European tourism's leanest season

Sep. 6, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — Bruges mayor Dirk De fauw first realized something was desperately wrong with European tourism when on a brisk March morning he crossed the Burg square in front of the Gothic city hall and there was nothing but silence. “There are always people. Always," De fauw said. That...

Belgian singer and actress Annie Cordy dies, aged 92

Sep. 4, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian singer and actress Annie Cordy, who recorded several popular hits and was made a baroness by King Albert II, has died, the government announced Friday. She was 92. Cordy, born Leonie Correman, was one of the French-speaking world’s best-loved musical comedy performers....