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FILE - In this June 25, 1984 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher faces the camera at a summit of European leaders in Fontainebleau, France. At the summit, Thatcher got a financial rebate for Britain. Thatcher's 11-year premiership became increasingly dominated by her opposition to what later became known as the European Union. On Jan. 31, 2020, Britain is scheduled to leave the EU after 47 years. (AP Photo/File)

Britain's EU Journey: When Thatcher turned all euroskeptic

Jan. 23, 2020 5:15 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout...

Leader of Venezuela's political opposition Juan Guaido talks to a journalist during an interview with Associated Press in Brussels, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Intelligence police raided the office of Juan Guaidó on Tuesday, while the U.S.-backed opposition leader was travelling in Europe seeking to bolster support for his campaign to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Guaidó seeks EU sanctions for Venezuela, meeting with Trump

Jan. 22, 2020 3:06 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Venezuela’s opposition leader said Wednesday that he wants the European Union to broaden sanctions against members of the Venezuelan government as a way to push toward free presidential elections in the country. Speaking in Brussels during a global tour that defied a year-long travel...

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg addresses European Parliament Foreign Affairs committee members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Stoltenberg told lawmakers that NATO needs to beef up its military training operation in Iraq once the government in Baghdad requests that it resume work. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

NATO chief seeks beefed-up training role in Iraq

Jan. 21, 2020 12:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance must beef up its military training operation in Iraq to ensure that its members are not drawn back into combat there against Islamic State extremists. Stoltenberg has held talks in recent days with senior Iraqi and officials and King...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell talks to journalists during a news conference after an European Foreign Affairs meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU to revamp anti-smuggler mission for UN Libya arms embargo

Jan. 20, 2020 11:47 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries have agreed to “refocus” the mission of the bloc’s anti-migrant smuggler naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea so that it concentrates on upholding the U.N. arms embargo against Libya, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Monday. After...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

EU legal opinion: mass data retention at odds with EU law

Jan. 15, 2020 8:24 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A legal adviser at the European Union’s highest court said Wednesday that the bloc's data protection rules should prevent member states from indiscriminately holding personal data seized from Internet and phone companies, even when intelligence agencies claim that national security...

FILE - In this Monday Nov. 27, 2017 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers during a photocall in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. As the British royal family wrestles with the future roles of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, it could look to Europe for examples of how princes and princesses have tried to carve out careers away from the pomp and ceremony of their families’ traditional duties. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Business as usual? How Europe's royals mix work and duties

Jan. 15, 2020 2:26 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — As the British royal family wrestles with the future roles of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, it could look to Europe for examples of how princes and princesses have tried, with varying degrees of success, to carve out careers away from the pomp and ceremony of their...

File - In this Oman, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 file photo, Sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said al-Said sits during a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Beit Al Baraka Royal Palace in Muscat. Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Mideast's longest-ruling monarch who seized power in a 1970 palace coup and pulled his Arabian sultanate into modernity while carefully balancing diplomatic ties between adversaries Iran and the U.S., has died. He was 79. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79

Jan. 11, 2020 3:58 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Mideast's longest-ruling monarch who seized power in a 1970 palace coup and pulled his Arabian sultanate into modernity while carefully balancing diplomatic ties between adversaries Iran and the U.S., has died. He was 79. The...

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, visit the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Putin has traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar Assad, a key Iranian ally. The rare visit Tuesday comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States following the U.S. drone strike last week that killed a top Iranian general who led forces supporting Assad in Syria's civil war. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia scores victory for ally Syria in UN vote cutting aid

Jan. 10, 2020 10:48 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia scored a victory for its close ally Syria on Friday, using its veto threat to force the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution significantly reducing the delivery of cross-border humanitarian aid and cutting off critical medical assistance to over one million Syrians in...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, center, speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, left, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. EU foreign ministers and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg are gathering in Brussels for an emergency meeting during which they are expected to reiterate their support for the nuclear deal brokered with Iran. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU ministers support Iran deal, fear IS resurgence

Jan. 10, 2020 2:54 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU reiterated its support for the nuclear deal brokered with Iran, also expressing concerns Friday that the escalating tensions in the region could lead to a resurgence of the Islamic State's activities. The EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell called the urgent meeting of European foreign...

Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts to missing a shot against David Goffin of Belgium during their ATP Cup tennis match in Sydney, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)

Spain edges Belgium to reach ATP Cup semifinals

Jan. 10, 2020 10:00 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Rafael Nadal lost a singles match for only the second time since July, and was two points from another defeat not long after that would have ended Spain's run at the ATP Cup. But after losing to David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 (3) in the singles on Friday, the top-ranked Nadal combined with Pablo...