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A shopper wearing a face covering walks a toy shop entertainment in London, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.Britain's government is demanding people wear face coverings in shops as it has sought to clarify its message after weeks of prevarication amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Britain makes masks mandatory in shops, markets

Jul. 14, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

LONDON — British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed the wearing of masks will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. The requirement is expected to take effect July 24. The decision follows weeks of discussion by the government about their value during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte, right, talk prior to a meeting at the German government's guest house 'Meseberg' in Gransee, north of Berlin, Germany, Monday, July 13, 2020. (Tobias Schwarz/Pool Photo via AP)

Merkel: 2nd summit may be needed to forge EU stimulus deal

Jul. 13, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — “Bridges still need to be built” between European Union countries at odds over plans for a massive stimulus package to help the bloc's economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday, warning that if a summit this week doesn't result...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020 file photo, France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, attends a video conference with Kosovo's Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo resumed talks Sunday, July 12, 2020, via video conference with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in Brussels, aimed at normalizing their long-strained relations, more than 20 years after Belgrade sent troops into its former territory to crush an uprising by ethnic Albanian separatists. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool, File)

Serbia, Kosovo leaders agree agenda for Brussels talks

Jul. 12, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union praised the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo on Sunday for getting long-stalled talks on normalizing their tense relations back on track and for setting up a face-to-face meeting in Brussels later this week. It came after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo Prime...

France's President Emmanuel Macron, right, attends a visio conference with Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Friday, July 10, 2020. The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will hold talks in Brussels on July 12, the first meeting between the two in long-stalled European Union-supervised negotiations aimed at normalizing relations, European Commission spokesman Peter Stano said Monday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

Serbia, Kosovo to resume talks but won't budge on key issues

Jul. 10, 2020 1:49 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Serbia and Kosovo agreed Friday to resume long-stalled negotiations on normalizing their strained relations, but both sides refused to budge on key issues in their dispute during video talks led by France and Germany. And Serbia's president said the Europeans have unrealistic expectations...

Exterior view of the German government's press office visitors' center in Berlin, Germany, Friday, July 10, 2020. German authorities are investigating suspicions that an employee of the government's press office worked for years for an Egyptian intelligence service, according to Germany's domestic intelligence agency. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

German gov't press office employee probed over Egypt spying

Jul. 10, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating suspicions that an employee of the government's press office worked for years for an Egyptian intelligence service, according to Germany's domestic intelligence agency. The BfV agency said in its annual report, released Thursday, that “executive...

Commuters wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a subway station in Beijing, Thursday, July 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China easing into reopening as local cases wane

Jul. 8, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has nine new confirmed coronavirus cases, all of them brought from outside the country, and no new deaths. Thursday’s report buttresses growing signs the virus has been essentially contained inside the nation in which it first appeared late last year. The near elimination...

Germany's Minister of Health Jens Spahn attends a press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Criticism of US pullout from WHO from allies, China alike

Jul. 8, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany's chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo's president to be questioned in war crimes inquiry

Jul. 8, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president said Wednesday that he would go to The Hague to be questioned by prosecutors investigating war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia. Hashim Thaci said in a statement...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Germany has just taken over the European Union's rotating presidency, and must chaperone the 27-nation bloc through a period of deep crisis for the next six months and try to limit the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Germany's Merkel: Pandemic highlights limits of populism

Jul. 8, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is showing the limits of “fact-denying populism,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, as she urged European Union countries to quickly agree on a major economic recovery package and deprive nationalists of any opportunity to take advantage...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...