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Thousands of farmers advance on Madrid for a major tractor protest over EU policies

Feb. 21, 2024 07:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of farmers drove their tractors into central Madrid on Wednesday as part of ongoing protests against European Union and local farming policies and to demand measures to alleviate production cost hikes. The protest, the biggest to take place in the Spanish...

More than $400 million needed for western Afghanistan to recover from October earthquake, UN says

Feb. 21, 2024 07:15 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than $400 million is needed for western Afghanistan to recover and rebuild after a devastating earthquake last October that killed around 2,000 people, the United Nations said Wednesday. The magnitude 6.3 quake on Oct. 7, one of the most destructive in the...

Stock market today: Asian stocks mixed after Tech stocks pull Wall Street lower with focus on Nvidia

Feb. 20, 2024 23:06 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Wednesday after technology stocks led Wall Street broadly lower on Tuesday, with investors waiting for chipmaker Nvidia's quarter earning report. The report, which will come out later in the day, will put stock markets in Hong Kong, China...

Polish farmers block Ukraine's border as they intensify protests against non-EU imports

Feb. 20, 2024 11:53 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish farmers blocked border crossings with Ukraine, spilled Ukrainian grain and burned tires on Tuesday as they intensified a nationwide protest against the import of Ukrainian foods and European Union environmental policies. Farmers from Spain to Italy to...

Estonia detains 10 people suspected of committing sabotage on orders from Russia

Feb. 20, 2024 11:10 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s domestic security agency said on Tuesday that it had apprehended 10 people suspected of sabotage and of spreading fear and creating tension within the Baltic country in a coordinated “hybrid operation” by Russia’s special services. Among the...

Despite mounting criticism, Greece’s prime minister defends record on rule of law

Feb. 20, 2024 08:44 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister insisted Tuesday that the rule of law in the country was “stronger than ever,” despite mounting criticism from press freedom and human rights groups. Kyriakos Mitsotakis blamed political opponents for the criticism of his...

EU welcomes Polish plan to address concerns about democratic backsliding

Feb. 20, 2024 08:13 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior European Union officials on Tuesday welcomed a plan by Poland’s new government to address concerns about democratic backsliding and expressed hope that it could end years of legal wrangling. Poland has been at loggerheads with the EU's executive branch...

Czech farmers take tractors to Prague in a protest over EU agriculture policies

Feb. 19, 2024 10:59 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of tractors blocked a lane in downtown Prague in a farmers protest Monday over European Union agriculture policies and what they said were unfair practises. Major organizations representing Czech farmers didn’t participate and distanced themselves from the...

Ursula von der Leyen is seeking a second term as head of the EU's powerful Commission

Feb. 19, 2024 10:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Germany's Ursula von der Leyen will seek a second term as head of the European Union's powerful Commission in a move that could make her the most significant politician representing the bloc's 450 million citizens in over a generation. Following five years of...

TikTok faces European Union scrutiny for possible breaches of strict new digital rulebook

Feb. 19, 2024 09:02 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Monday it is investigating whether TikTok has broken the bloc's strict new digital rules for cleaning up social media and keeping internet users safe. The European Commission, the EU's executive branch, said it has “opened formal proceedings...