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Palestinian demonstrators hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest Israel's plan to annex parts Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank and Trump's mideast initiative, in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddumm near Nablus, Friday, July 3, 2020.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

Former world leaders warn against Israel annexation plan

Jul. 3, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A group of former world leaders urged European leaders on Friday to keep pressuring Israel against annexation of parts of the West Bank, warning against complacency after Israel made no move to take over the territory on July 1. The Elders, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, said in...

FILE - In this May 20, 2020 file photo, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe arrives for a meeting in Paris. A new French prime minister will be appointed on Friday to replace Edouard Philippe, who has resigned amid an expected government reshuffle, the French presidency announced. (Thomas Coex, Pool via AP)

French government ministers investigated over virus crisis

Jul. 3, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A special French court ordered an investigation Friday of three current or former government ministers over their handling of the coronavirus crisis. COVID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in the Court of Justice...

In this photo taken on Thursday, July 3, 2020, migrants and SOS Mediterranee staffers stand aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A charity ship says it has declared a state of emergency on board after six of the rescued migrants aboard tried to kill themselves. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement Friday, July 3, 2020 that some of the 180 migrants have started physical fights among themselves or are threatening fellow survivors and crew. (Flavio Gasperini/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

Jul. 3, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel...

Ukraine's parliament accepts chief banker's resignation

Jul. 3, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s parliament on Friday accepted the resignation of the country’s top banker, who has stepped down citing political pressure. National Bank head Yakiv Smolii submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday, pointing at “systematic political pressure” as...

FILE  - In this Monday, June 8, 2020 file photo, passengers wearing face masks arrive at London's Heathrow Airport. The British government said Friday, July 3, 2020, it is scrapping a 14-day quarantine rule for arrivals from about 60 countries deemed “lower risk” for the coronavirus, including France, Spain, Germany and Italy — but not the United States.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

UK scraps quarantine for some visitors as pubs set to reopen

Jul. 3, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson wants a haircut and a beer. Like millions of other Britons, the prime minister will be able to have a trim and a tipple on Saturday, when the country takes its biggest step yet out of coronavirus lockdown with the reopening in England of restaurants, pubs and hairdressers,...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, center, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, second right, are taking a family photo with Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic, right, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, left and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second left, at the start of a Visegrad Group summit in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 3, 2020, as Poland takes the rotating presidency of the regional cooperation group.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland wants generous EU budget for Central Europe

Jul. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said Friday that the European Union’s budget for the next seven years should be generous for Central European nations, which aim to help drive the economic recovery from the coronavirus recession. Duda spoke to open a summit of prime ministers of...

A group of women walk past beside a man seated while wearing face mask to prevent the coronavirus during the last day of the lockdown, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Spain sets aside another $56 billion for ailing companies

Jul. 3, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government announced Friday it is making available another 50 billion euros ($56 billion) in aid for companies struggling to weather economic difficulties brought by the new coronavirus outbreak. The government said after an extraordinary Cabinet meeting it will provide 40 billion...

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel  walks, prior to a joint press conference with EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen via videolink, in the foyer of the Federal Chancellery, in Berlin, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Merkel joined the President of the EU Commission, the three executive Vice-Presidents, the Commissioner for External Relations and the Commissioner for Internal Affairs to discuss the work programme as Germany took over the presidency of the Council of the EU. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Merkel says 'every day counts' in passing EU recovery fund

Jul. 3, 2020 5:12 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed Friday for a quick agreement on a recovery fund aimed at pulling the European Union out of the coronavirus recession, arguing that “every day counts.” Germany, which has the EU's biggest economy and most populous country, took over the...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel adjusts her face mask as she arrives for a meeting of the upper house of the German legislative in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany's Merkel pictured wearing mask in public

Jul. 3, 2020 5:10 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has started making official appearances wearing a mask, after being called out for never having being pictured wearing one despite it being part of the government’s official guidance in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Merkel appeared in...

Cyclists and pedestrians wait to cross a street near the electoral posters of Prime Minister incumbent Andrej Plenkovic, in Zagreb, Croatia, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Croatia is holding a parliamentary election on July 5, 2020, with no clear winner in sight as the ruling conservatives' bid for re-election faces a strong challenge from both liberal and right-wing groups. (AP Photo/Sasa Kavic)

Croatia to hold election amid virus, political uncertainty

Jul. 3, 2020 2:50 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia is holding a parliamentary election this weekend amid a coronavirus outbreak and with no clear winner in sight as none of the main contenders appears set to garner a majority of votes. The ballot on Sunday will take place as Croatia, like other parts of Europe, contends with...