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Grudgingly, Europe says Brexit delay is still possible

Mar. 21, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Worn down by three years of indecision in London, European Union leaders on Thursday were grudgingly leaning toward giving the U.K. a bit more time to ease itself out of the bloc, but they warned that if Britain's Parliament spurns the offer, a chaotic exit loomed in just over a week. The...

The Latest: EU leaders divided on new Brexit date

Mar. 21, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 8:40 p.m. European leaders are haggling over how long to postpone Brexit if they grant British Prime Minister Theresa May's request for an extension to the U.K's due date for pulling out of the EU. The leaders of the 27 countries remaining in the EU...

Germany questions ex-Stasi agents on Lockerbie plane bombing

Mar. 21, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Berlin and the neighboring German state of Brandenburg are interviewing former members of East Germany's secret police about the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing, according to officials and media reports. All 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground were killed when Pan Am...

UK firms step up preparations for a 'no-deal' Brexit

Mar. 21, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. companies have ratcheted up their preparations for a disorderly "no-deal" Brexit as best they can over the past couple of months, the Bank of England said Thursday. With the prospect of a chaotic Brexit potentially eight days away, a survey by the central bank's agents showed that around...

German whiskey booming as micro distilleries keep popping up

Mar. 21, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

SCHLEPZIG, Germany (AP) — Bastian Heuser swirls the snifter of deep amber whiskey before taking a sip, noting its sweet caramel flavor that soon opens up with hints of spices, nuts and dried fruits. It's not a single malt from a verdant Scottish glen, nor a sour mash from the hills of Tennessee. This is an...

European shares shaken by Brexit jitters after gains in Asia

Mar. 21, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Europe on Thursday and headed for a lower open on Wall Street amid Brexit uncertainties and after the Federal Reserve promised not to raise interest rates this year. Britain's FTSE 100 added 0.3 percent to 7,311, while the DAX in Germany lost 0.9 percent to...

5 mosques vandalized in central England

Mar. 21, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Counter-terrorism officers in central England are investigating attacks on five mosques in which windows were apparently shattered by a sledgehammer. The attacks in Birmingham are being treated as linked. No motive has been established. The incidents in Birmingham come just days after an...

The Latest: UK's May has 'personal regret' over Brexit bumps

Mar. 20, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 9:45 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says she has "great personal regret" that the U.K. won't leave European Union with a deal next week and it's time for her country's lawmakers to decide what they want to...

UK's May asks a wary EU to delay Brexit until June 30

Mar. 20, 2019 10:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Exactly 1,000 days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and nine days before it is scheduled to walk out the door, Prime Minister Theresa May hit the pause button Wednesday, asking the bloc to postpone the U.K.'s departure until June 30. EU leaders, who are exasperated by...

Briton dies in head-on collision at Texas off-roading event

Mar. 20, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — An Englishman has died after the four-wheeler he was driving collided head-on with another all-terrain vehicle at a North Texas off-roading event known as "Rednecks with Paychecks Spring Break," a sheriff's official said Wednesday. After the crash early Saturday, Steven Fairbairn was...