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Remains of Massachusetts airman killed in WWII identified

Oct. 18, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The remains of a Massachusetts airman killed during World War II have been identified. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday the remains of U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Joseph E. Finneran were accounted for Aug. 9. The 22-year-old from the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of...

Romanian president asks Ludovic Orban to form new government

Oct. 15, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president on Tuesday nominated Ludovic Orban of the center-right National Liberal Party to form a new government and become the country's next prime minister. Orban has 10 days from receiving President Klaus Iohannis' mandate to build support in the Romanian Parliament,...

EU moves closer to confirmation of first chief prosecutor

Oct. 14, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's member states have agreed to appoint Romania's Laura Codruta Kovesi as the first European chief prosecutor. Kovesi, whose anti-corruption efforts in Romania won her plaudits from the EU but criticism from the Romanian government, will lead the EU Public Prosecutor's...

AP PHOTOS: Romania's autumn fairs delight all ages, incomes

Oct. 13, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

TITU, Romania (AP) — Romania's autumn fairs are a loud, colorful reminder that summer has come to an end. And for many families in poorer areas of the country, they are one of the few affordable events of the year. Fairs like the one in Titu, northwest of Bucharest, which is on its 187th edition, were the...

Romania's Social Democrat govt loses no-confidence vote

Oct. 10, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Social Democratic government lost a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Thursday and the president is expected to give opposition parties a chance to form the next government. Lawmakers voted 238-4 against Prime Minister Viorica Dancila's minority government. The...

EU's Chief Prosecutor Kovesi vows not to bend under pressure

Oct. 8, 2019 2:29 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — For Romania's Laura Codruta Kovesi, opposition to her successful candidacy to become the European Union's first chief prosecutor came from a familiar source — her own country's government. Kovesi spent five years as the head of the Romanian Anticorruption Directorate...

Romanian government to face no-confidence vote on Saturday

Oct. 2, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's Parliament says a no-confidence vote on the government of Prime Minster Viorica Dancila is set for Saturday. The decision was criticized by opposition parties, which saw Wednesday's unusual weekend scheduling decision as intended to keep the motion from passing. Dancila...

Hungary, Romania nominees rejected for EU top jobs again

Sep. 30, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers flexed their political muscle Monday, rejecting for a second time Hungary and Romania's nominees for two of the bloc's top posts amid concerns over possible conflicts of interest. The EU parliament's legal committee refused last week to recommend that Rovana Plumb...

New top EU team in doubt amid conflict of interest concerns

Sep. 26, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The new team set to lead the European Union's powerful executive body was cast into doubt Thursday after a parliamentary committee raised concerns about possible conflicts of interest concerning two candidates for some of the bloc's top jobs. The legal committee, which vets candidates'...

Romanian anti-graft judge named to top EU prosecutor's post

Sep. 25, 2019 5:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is appointing Romanian anti-corruption judge Laura Codruta Kosevi to lead its new public prosecutor's office. Kovesi's nomination has caused turmoil in Romania. She was fired last year following accusations of mismanagement and overstepping her authority but some believe...