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European Council President Charles Michel wears a protective mask as he waits for the arrival of Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. European Union leaders are meeting to address a series of foreign affairs issues ranging from Belarus to Turkey and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU leaders seek end to embarrassing Belarus sanctions clash

Oct. 1, 2020 6:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are gathering Thursday to try to end an embarrassing standoff that is preventing them from imposing sanctions on senior officials in Belarus accused of falsifying election results and leading the crackdown on peaceful protesters. The roadblock borders on the absurd....

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, United States' Quinn Simmons celebrates winning the men's junior event, at the road cycling World Championships in Harrogate, England. American cyclist Quinn Simmons was suspended by the Trek-Segafredo team on Thursday Oct. 1, 2020, for social media comments supporting President Donald Trump. The 2019 junior road race world champion’s political beliefs were revealed on Twitter after he replied to a journalist from the Netherlands who had criticized Trump. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

American cyclist suspended by team after pro-Trump comments

Oct. 1, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — American cyclist Quinn Simmons was suspended by the Trek-Segafredo team on Thursday after posting antagonistic comments on social media in support of President Donald Trump. The 2019 junior road race world champion replied to a journalist from the Netherlands who had criticized Trump on...

UK boats try to move whales away from huge naval exercise

Oct. 1, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Marine wildlife experts will try Thursday to move a pod of bottlenose whales from Scottish coastal waters where Europe’s largest naval exercise is about to begin. Exercise Joint Warrior is due to start Saturday on Gare Loch, one of a chain of sea lochs on the west coast of Scotland....

Police in Ukraine investigate death of US Embassy employee

Oct. 1, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Ukraine are investigating the death of an American woman who worked for the United States Embassy in Kyiv. The woman was found unconscious with a head injury near the railway tracks in a park not far from the embassy on Wednesday, according to a police statement. She died in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca speaks to journalists after a coronavirus meeting, in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey’s government is being accused of hiding the true extent of the country's coronavirus outbreak after health minister Fahrettin Koca revealed during a news conference late Wednesday Sept. 30, 2020, that the daily COVID-19 figures published by his ministry reflect only patients with symptoms and not all positive cases. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Turkish govt accused of hiding true extent of virus outbreak

Oct. 1, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s government is being accused of hiding the true extent of the country's coronavirus outbreak after the health minister revealed that the daily COVID-19 figures published by his ministry reflect only patients with symptoms and not all positive cases. Minister Fahrettin...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, takes off her protective mask prior to making a statement regarding the Withdrawal Agreement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached late last year. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

EU takes legal action against UK over planned Brexit bill

Oct. 1, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took legal action against Britain on Thursday over its plans to pass legislation that would breach parts of the legally binding divorce agreement the two sides reached late last year. The EU action underscored the worsening relations with Britain, which was a member of...

A man wearing a face mask walks past a coronavirus-themed mural in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

The Latest: Dutch death toll higher than official figures

Oct. 1, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government’s statistics office says the death toll from the peak of the coronavirus outbreak is significantly higher than the official figures published by the country’s public health institute. The Central Bureau for Statistics reported Thursday that just...

A man wears a face mask as he walks across the bridge over the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Unemployment marches higher in Europe amid pandemic

Oct. 1, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Unemployment rose for a fifth straight month in Europe in August amid concern that extensive government support programs won't be able keep many businesses hit by coronavirus restrictions afloat forever. The jobless rate rose to 8.1% in the 19 countries that use the euro currency...

A man stands in front of a blank electronic stock board supposedly showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was suspended Thursday because of a problem in the system for relaying market information. Most other Asian markets were closed for national holidays. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

World shares mostly higher; Tokyo trading halted by outage

Oct. 1, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Shares were higher in Europe and Asia on Thursday, while trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was suspended due to a technical failure in its computer systems. Tokyo Stock Exchange officials said they were working to restore normal trading by Friday morning. They said trading was halted early...

EU announces it will start legal action against the UK for its plans to breach the Brexit withdrawal treaty

Oct. 1, 2020 5:06 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU announces it will start legal action against the UK for its plans to breach the Brexit withdrawal treaty.