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Anti-Brexit protest in London calls for second referendum

Oct. 20, 2018 6:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Anti-Brexit protesters are gathering in central London for a demonstration calling for a second referendum on Britain's exit from the European Union. Around 150 buses are ferrying thousands of protesters from across the country to the British capital. The march will begin at noon (1100 GMT)...

The Latest: 11 injured in Madrid when migrants try to escape

Oct. 20, 2018 6:49 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Spanish police say that 10 officers and one migrant have been injured when a large group of migrants tried to escape from a holding center where they await deportation. Police say that a group of around 80 migrants...

Cyprus takes in 29 Syrian migrants departing from Lebanon

Oct. 20, 2018 6:41 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot police say most of the 29 Syrian migrants who have arrived to the Mediterranean island after setting sail from Lebanon told authorities they have relatives living on Cyprus. Police said Saturday that the migrants, including five women, nine children and one unescorted minor,...

Italy brushes off downgrade as it plans EU budget response

Oct. 20, 2018 4:37 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's deputy premier on Saturday brushed off a ratings downgrade and vowed to forge ahead with the government's rule-busting budget as Italy prepared to respond to European Union concerns about its high deficit targets. International credit rating agency Moody's late Friday downgraded Italy's...

Macedonia lawmakers green light process for name change

Oct. 19, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in Macedonia on Friday backed a landmark proposal to amend the constitution, allowing the country to change its name and join NATO. The session was delayed for more than 10 hours amid a heated confrontation. Parliament eventually voted in favor of the proposal — a...

European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

Oct. 19, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. That support for free trade "is the most important signal from this...

Ex-spy chief says Brexit leaves UK vulnerable to attack

Oct. 19, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Brexit could leave Britain more vulnerable to attacks like the nerve-agent poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in Salisbury, a former head of the U.K.'s overseas intelligence service said Friday. "I don't believe Russia would have used a nerve agent on the streets of an American or German city"...

EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges

Oct. 19, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's top court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop applying a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges, forcing some 20 off the bench. The interim injunction from the European Court of Justice also obliges EU member Poland to reinstate the...

EU budget chief seeks to ease tensions with Italy

Oct. 19, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Union's budget chief sought to ease tensions with Rome on Friday over Italy's rule-busting budget, after markets reacted by pushing up Italy's borrowing costs to the highest levels in five years. Pierre Moscovici told reporters in Rome that he did not see a risk of contagion in...

Facebook recruits EU veteran to help with tougher scrutiny

Oct. 19, 2018 12:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region and snowballing challenges to its reputation. Clegg, 51, will become a...