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People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus sit on a street bench in downtown Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says a national COVID-19 vaccination plan will be launched in January. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Air quality up in some EU cities during pandemic lockdown

Nov. 23, 2020 9:57 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Air quality significantly improved in European metropolitan areas such as Milan and Madrid because of lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, European Union officials said Monday. The improvements were particularly notable for the pollutant nitrogen...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 file photo, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during official arrivals for a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. The U.K. has signed an interim trade deal with Canada _ a rollover measure meant to cement the trading relationship as the government prepares of life outside the European Union. While Britain formally withdrew from the EU in January, it continues to trade with other countries under the bloc’s umbrella during a transition period that is scheduled to end Dec. 31. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

UK signs trade deal with Canada to prepare for Brexit

Nov. 21, 2020 1:52 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. signed an interim trade deal with Canada on Saturday, giving it more time to negotiate future trading rules as the British government prepares the country for business life outside the European Union. The stopgap agreement allows trade between the two countries to continue under the...

FILE - In this June 28, 2013 file photo, the Blue Nile river flows near the site of the planned Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam near Assosa in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia, near Sudan, some 800 kilometers (500 miles) from the capital Addis Ababa.  Sudan says it did not take part in negotiations on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, with Ethiopia and Egypt over their years-long dispute over the controversial dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile. Irrigation Minister Yasser Abbas says the current negotiating approach to reach an agreement on the filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam proved unfruitful.  (AP Photo/Elias Asmare, File)

Sudan boycotts faltering talks over Ethiopia’s mega-dam

Nov. 21, 2020 11:02 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan boycotted talks on Saturday between Nile Valley countries over Ethiopia's controversial mega-dam, calling on the African Union to play a greater role in pushing forward the negotiations that have stalled for years. It was the first time that Sudan refused to attend talks with Ethiopia...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference following an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a diplomatic dispute with EU members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the bloc's economy back on track after the pandemic. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU gives upbeat assessment of state of Brexit trade talks

Nov. 20, 2020 8:51 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Friday issued one of its most upbeat assessments of the state of post-Brexit trade negotiations, as the talks face an ever tighter deadline for a deal to enter into force for the start of the new year. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said “we've...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference following an EU Summit video conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a diplomatic dispute with EU members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the bloc's economy back on track after the pandemic. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU leaders fail to solve political fight blocking big budget

Nov. 19, 2020 5:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders made no progress Thursday toward resolving a dispute to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and pandemic recovery package which is held up by Poland's and Hungary's rejection of a linkage between rule of law standards and budget disbursements. Instead,...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020, file photo, health care workers carry personal belongings of a patient who is evacuated to a waiting ambulance the Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Riverside, Calif. A federal judge on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, blocked a Trump Administration rule that opponents said would have harmed the bargaining rights of more than 500,000 home health care workers in California and several hundred thousand additional workers across the nation. (Will Lester/The Orange County Register via AP, File)

US judge blocks Trump Administration rule inhibiting unions

Nov. 17, 2020 5:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Trump Administration rule that opponents said would have harmed the bargaining rights of more than 500,000 home healthcare workers in California and several hundred thousand additional workers across the nation. San Francisco-based U.S....

President-elect Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, speaks about economic recovery at The Queen theater, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden says his family following holiday guidance

Nov. 16, 2020 4:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 4 p.m. As Americans face the complications of holding holiday celebrations amid the ongoing pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden says he and his family are trying to navigate the same issues, with safety measures. Biden said Monday...

Britain's chief negotiator David Frost, center, removes his face mask to talk to the media as he arrives for Brexit talks with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Britain and the EU say any post-Brexit trade deal must be agreed upon by mid-November so it can be ratified by the end of the year, but the negotiations remain stuck on key issues like fishing rights and competition rules. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU, UK enter tension-filled week seeking post-Brexit deal

Nov. 16, 2020 11:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators on Monday entered yet another tension-filled week as they sought a belated post-Brexit trade deal that needs to be vetted and get legislative approval before a Jan. 1 cutoff date. With both sides refusing to blink on any of the three key outstanding...

Pro EU supporters argue with Brexit supporters in London, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Negotiations continue on London between the EU bloc and British officials to agree A Brexit deal as Britain is due to split from Europe  from January 1. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Brexit: Trade deal 'may not succeed' before year end

Nov. 15, 2020 9:45 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.’s chief Brexit negotiator said Sunday before renewed talks that a trade deal with the European Union may not succeed, but he was still hopeful of a resolution. Arriving in Brussels, David Frost tweeted that “there has been some progress in a positive direction in recent...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 25, 2020, file photo striking Bath Iron Works shipbuilders march in solidarity, in Bath, Maine. After a bitter two-month strike during a pandemic, BIW and its production workers are catching up on the production schedule. Machinists Union Local S6 and shipyard managers have been meeting with help from a federal mediator since the strike ended in August. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Shipyard, union are getting back on same page after strike

Nov. 14, 2020 8:21 PM EST

BATH, Maine (AP) — Months after a bitter strike during a pandemic, Bath Iron Works managers and production workers are starting to get on the same page when it comes to catching up on the production schedule. Machinists Union Local S6 and shipyard managers have been meeting with help from a federal...