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EU slaps duties on Cambodia exports over rights concerns

Aug. 12, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday began to reimpose customs duties on certain exports from Cambodia in response to what it said are concerns about the Southeast Asian country’s human rights record. The European Commission, which supervises trade deals and relations on behalf of the 27...

In this taken Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis, center, is surrounded by Turkish navy vessels as it was heading in the west of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey.  Tension remains high between Greece and Turkey, whose warships are in the eastern Mediterranean where Turkey has sent a research vessel to carry out seismic research for energy resources in an area Greece says is on its continental shelf. (IHA via AP)

Turkey vows to press ahead with energy search amid tensions

Aug. 11, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey vowed Tuesday to press ahead with searching for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, saying it plans to issue new exploration licenses for the area despite an escalating dispute with Greece over drilling rights. Greece's foreign minister, meanwhile, called for an...

FILE - In this Monday, April 6, 2020 file photo, police perform checks on commercial and passenger traffic on the Dutch-Belgian border, during a partial lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Meer, Belgium. As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a

Virus-linked border moves raise fears on free travel in EU

Aug. 10, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European countries struggle to manage spikes in coronavirus cases, concern is mounting about a “second wave” of uncoordinated border restrictions within Europe that threatens the free movement of goods and people — a foundation that the world’s biggest trading...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...

FILE - In this file photo dated  Sunday, March 22, 2020, people run to keep fit along the south bank of the River Thames in London.  European Union regulators have said Tuesday Aug, 4, 2020, they're opening an in-depth investigation into U.S. tech giant Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)

EU regulators investigating Google's plan to buy Fitbit

Aug. 4, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European Union regulators opened an in-depth investigation Tuesday into Google's plan to buy fitness tracking device maker Fitbit. The EU's executive commission said it was concerned the deal would entrench the U.S. tech giant's position in the online ad market by “increasing the...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron listens to a researcher as he visits an industrial development laboratory at French drugmaker's vaccine unit Sanofi Pasteur plant in Marcy-l'Etoile, near Lyon, central France. As the race for a vaccine against the new coronavirus intensifies, many rich countries are rushing to the front of the line by placing advance orders for the inevitably limited supply to guarantee their citizens are immunized first. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, Pool)

US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

Jul. 31, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Pharma giants GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur have announced they will supply 100 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine to the United States as governments buy up supplies in hopes of securing a candidate that works. The United States will pay up to $2.1 billion “for...

EU clears Alstom's acquisition of Bombardier rail unit

Jul. 31, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has given its go-ahead to the acquisition of the rail business of Canadian engineering firm Bombardier by French train maker Alstom. Alstom, which makes the French TGV high-speed trains, said this year it had signed an agreement with a view to buy full control of...

Dutch KLM group to cut 4,500-5,000 jobs due to pandemic

Jul. 31, 2020 4:08 AM EDT

AMSTELVEEN, The Netherlands (AP) — Dutch carrier KLM said Friday it will cut between 4,500 and 5,000 jobs because of the coronavirus crisis. The company said in a statement that in addition to 1,500 job losses, some 1,500 temporary contracts won't be renewed and 2,000 jobs will be suppressed via a...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Masks now required for all of Australian state

Jul. 29, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria state is making mask wearing compulsory statewide after reporting a new daily high of 723 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Masks have been compulsory in the state capital of Melbourne and a neighboring semi-rural district for the past...

Demonstrators protesting against the dismissal of the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian news website Index.hu march in the streets of Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 24, 2020.Dozens of journalists are resigning from Hungary's main news site because of the firing earlier this week of their editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members said Friday were leaving Index.hu because the dismissal of Szabolcs Dull endangers the website's professional independence and its future. (Zsolt Szigetvary/MTI via AP)

Dozens resign at Hungary's main news site after editor fired

Jul. 24, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Dozens of journalists, including top editors, resigned Friday from Hungary’s main news site because of the firing earlier this week of Index.hu’s editor-in-chief. Over 80 Index staff members, the vast majority of the newsroom, said they were leaving the...