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Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal

Dec. 15, 2019 1:21 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another year....

AP EXPLAINS: How Madrid talks fell short on climate ambition

Dec. 15, 2019 1:12 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — This year's U.N. climate negotiations in Madrid, the longest in 25 nearly annual such gatherings, ended Sunday with major polluters resisting calls to ramp up efforts to keep global warming at bay. Faced with the tough task of reconciling the demands of scientists, protesters on the streets...

No letup for UK lawmakers: Johnson presses ahead with Brexit

Dec. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — There will be no letup for U.K. lawmakers worn out after Britain’s bruising election campaign. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to begin “before Christmas” the push to secure Parliamentary approval for his Brexit deal. Buoyed by its landslide victory in Thursday's...

White gold: Cyprus' halloumi cheese entangled in politics

Dec. 15, 2019 3:16 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dairy farmers on Cyprus refer to halloumi as “white gold.” The salty, rubbery cheese made from goats' and sheep's milk and prized for its ability to withstand a grill without melting is the country's leading export. Cypriot authorities have spent years trying to get...

Boris Johnson goes north to celebrate crushing election win

Dec. 14, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Saturday to repay the trust of voters in the working-class heartland of northern England who rejected the Labour Party and helped give him an 80-seat majority in Thursday's election. Speaking to cheering supporters at a cricket club in Sedgefield...

Main Polish opposition party picks presidential candidate

Dec. 14, 2019 2:10 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main opposition party, the centrist Civic Platform, chose deputy parliament speaker Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska as its presidential candidate on Saturday. Kidawa-Blonska will face the popular conservative incumbent, President Andrzej Duda, as well as candidates with smaller...

Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup

Dec. 14, 2019 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfill his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the United...

EU to hold donors' meeting for Albania quake reconstruction

Dec. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Commission said Saturday that member states have agreed to hold a donors’ conference in January in Albania to help the Balkan country rebuild after an earthquake killed 51 people last month. The commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, offered the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment rage, Bloomberg on coal

Dec. 14, 2019 9:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call at the heart of the constitutional showdown....

Markets have muted reaction to long-awaited China trade deal

Dec. 13, 2019 5:32 PM EST

Wall Street closed out a listless day Friday with tiny gains and more record highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq. The U.S. and China revealed they have reached an initial deal in their long-running trade war. The “Phase 1” agreement means that the U.S. won't impose new tariffs on Chinese goods that...