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Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Sardinia

Sep. 23, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain after a failed secession bid for the northeastern region in 2017, was detained Thursday in Sardinia, Italy, his lawyer said. Puigdemont, who lives in Belgium and now holds a seat in the...

France rallies EU as trust in US, UK and Australia wanes

Sep. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — France’s European Union partners agreed Tuesday to put the country's festering dispute over a major Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain at the top of bloc’s political agenda, including at an EU summit next month. The...

'Hotel Rwanda' hero sentenced to 25 years on terror charges

Sep. 20, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — The man who inspired the film “Hotel Rwanda” for saving hundreds of his countrymen from genocide was convicted of terrorism offenses Monday and sentenced to 25 years at a trial that human rights watchdogs and other critics of Rwanda's repressive government have...

Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

Sep. 19, 2021 02:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian town of Aarschot has a vaccination rate of 94% of all adults, but Mayor Gwendolyn Rutten worries her town is too close for comfort to the capital of Brussels, where the rate stands at 63%. But there’s not much she can do about it. Her hope...

2015 Paris attacks suspect: Deaths of 130 'nothing personal'

Sep. 15, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The key defendant in the 2015 Paris attacks trial said Wednesday the coordinated killings were in retaliation for French airstrikes on the Islamic State group, calling the deaths of 130 innocent people “nothing personal" as he acknowledged his role for the first time. ...

EU approves funds to Italy's ITA, lifts Alitalia burden

Sep. 10, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s competition watchdog on Friday cleared an injection of Italian government funds into new national flag carrier ITA, and said the company would not be held accountable for illegal state aid given to its predecessor Alitalia. Just a...

Kansas sheriff's office says K-9 died after chasing suspect

Sep. 08, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A police dog in southwestern Kansas has died after being sent to chase a suspect, authorities there said. The Ford County Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page that a police dog named Kyra was called in Monday to help in chasing down a...

Timeline of 2015 attacks as Paris trial set to begin

Sep. 08, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The 2015 attacks in Paris killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. The trial of 20 men accused of having roles in the carnage began Wednesday. The attacks were carefully planned and simultaneous across the French capital. ___...

Emotions raw before Paris trial for Islamic State carnage

Sep. 07, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For the music lover, it was nearly three hours at gunpoint, wondering if he would become yet another body on the floor of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. For the grieving mother, the night of carnage robbed her of her son and tarnished her view of the...

Timeline of 2015 attacks as Paris trial set to begin

Sep. 07, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The 2015 attacks in Paris killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. A trial begins Wednesday of 20 men accused of having roles in the carnage. The attacks were carefully planned and simultaneous across the French capital. ___...