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Russia PM Medvedev watches army show in Balkan ally Serbia

Oct. 19, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday attended a military show in Balkan ally Serbia marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet and Yugoslav troops of the capital, Belgrade, from Nazi German occupation. Medvedev joined hundreds of people and top Serbian...

The Latest: Theresa May urges backing Johnson's Brexit deal

Oct. 19, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Former Prime Minister Theresa May, whose Brexit deal was rejected by Parliament three times, says she is backing the agreement struck by her successor Boris Johnson. May told lawmakers she had a "distinct sense of deja vu" as Parliament...

North Macedonia PM Zaev calls for early election, blasts EU

Oct. 19, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A "disappointed and outraged" North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev says he will propose an early election in the face of the European Union's decision not to start membership talks with his country. Zaev said at a news conference Saturday that the date for the snap...

UK lawmakers ponder Brexit decision in historic session

Oct. 19, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In their first weekend session in 37 years, British lawmakers in Parliament debated whether to accept Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposed new divorce deal with the European Union. It's a momentous decision — but one that they still may not get resolved on this day. First they will...

Swiss to elect new legislature, as polls suggest Green gains

Oct. 19, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters elect their parliament this weekend, a challenge for the populist right that has been dominant until now and an opportunity for green parties as environmental concerns have swept up much of Europe this year. Political analyst Pascal Sciarini of the University of Geneva cites a...

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...

The Latest: Pompeo optimistic cease-fire in Syria will hold

Oct. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 10:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's optimistic that the cease-fire between the Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northern Syria will hold in coming days, despite some breaches. After briefing...

The Latest: Johnson seeks support for Brexit deal

Oct. 18, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has applied more pressure to British lawmakers to pass Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal, saying there is no guarantee European Union leaders would grant a further extension to the Oct. 31 deadline for Britain...

Johnson urges support for Brexit deal before knife-edge vote

Oct. 18, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain — finally — to leave the European Union in two weeks. His message to allies and opponents alike: Approve the...

EU leaders censure Turkey over military action against Kurds

Oct. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders issued a strong condemnation Friday of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, urging Ankara to immediately stop what French President Emmanuel Macron called "madness." At the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Brussels that largely focused...