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FILE - In this Thursday, March 16, 2017 file photo, Stanley Johnson poses for a portrait as he talks to the Associated Press at the London Book Fair, in London, about his forthcoming thriller based around a fictitious Brexit scenario. As Britain prepares to split from the European Union, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be seeking closer ties with the bloc by applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told broadcaster RTL on Thursday Dec. 31, 2020, that he was in the process of “reclaiming” his French identity. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Broadcaster: Boris Johnson's father seeks French citizenship

Dec. 31, 2020 9:10 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — As Britain prepares to split from the European Union, the father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears to be seeking closer ties with the bloc by applying for French citizenship. Stanley Johnson told broadcaster RTL on Thursday that he was in the process of “reclaiming” his...

A colleague wears a Christmas hat as European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier, center, carries a binder of the Brexit trade deal during a special meeting of Coreper, at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. European Union ambassadors convened on Christmas Day to start an assessment of the massive free-trade deal the EU struck with Britain. After the deal was announced on Thursday, EU nations already showed support for the outcome and it was expected that they would unanimously back the agreement, a prerequisite for its legal approval. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

No time to rest: EU nations assess Brexit trade deal with UK

Dec. 25, 2020 10:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The fast-track ratification of the post-Brexit trade deal between the U.K. and the European Union got underway on Christmas Day as ambassadors from the bloc's 27 nations started assessing the accord that takes effect in a week. At Friday’s exceptional meeting, the ambassadors were...

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, left, speaks with Ambassador Michael Clauss, Permanent Representative of Germany to the European Union, during a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Problems increased Monday in the bid to put a trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom before a Brexit transition period ends on New Year's Day, with the EU legislature insisting it will not have time to approve a deal. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU-UK leaders seek way out of Brexit trade impasse

Dec. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the United Kingdom kicked efforts into higher gear on Tuesday to settle a fight over EU fishing quotas in British waters, the main obstacle to a trade deal that would avoid a chaotic New Year's Day economic divorce between the two. EU nations insisted that they would...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, Monday Dec. 21, 2020. (Tolga Akmen/Pool via AP)

EU-UK trade talks slog on past another Brexit deadline

Dec. 21, 2020 1:41 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Problems increased Monday for the attempt to secure a trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom before a Brexit transition period ends on New Year's Day, with the EU legislature insisting the drawn-out negotiations left lawmakers without enough time to approve a deal. ...

Britain's chief negotiator David Frost, center, leaves EU headquarters after a meeting with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020. The EU and the United Kingdom were still working Sunday on a

EU-UK trade talks floundering over fish as cutoff day nears

Dec. 20, 2020 5:27 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — With yet another Brexit deadline disappearing in the rearview mirror, a breakthrough on fishing rights remained elusive for the European Union and Britain on Sunday — leaving both without a trade agreement that would dull the cutting edge of a chaotic, costly economic break on New...

European Union flags flutter in the wind outside EU headquarters in Brussels, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. The European Union and the United Kingdom were starting a

Fishing talks move at snail's pace in EU-UK Brexit standoff

Dec. 19, 2020 12:57 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators on Saturday extended their standoff over EU fishing rights in U.K. waters and remained unable to make a decisive breakthrough in trade talks aimed at averting a chaotic and costly post-Brexit split on New Year's Day. Despite movement on major issues...

Egyptian court acquits men accused of abusing Coptic woman

Dec. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian criminal court acquitted three Muslim men accused of stripping naked an elderly Coptic Christian woman and parading her through the streets of a village in southern Egypt in 2016, the state's official news agency reported. The three had been sentenced to 10 years in absentia in...

A man sits in a bench under the sun outside the EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier said that the bloc and the United Kingdom were starting a

EU says EU-UK face weekend 'last attempt' to get trade deal

Dec. 18, 2020 12:56 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and the United Kingdom are heading into the weekend on a “last attempt" to clinch a post-Brexit trade deal, with EU fishing rights in British waters the most notable remaining obstacle to avoid a chaotic and costly changeover in the new year. British Prime...

An anti-Brexit demonstrator holds an EU flag in Parliament Square, in London, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday she saw clear progress in the trade talks with the UK, turning a post-Brexit deal from a fleeting possibility into an ever more realistic possibility. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

EU, UK leaders concede big gaps remain in post-Brexit talks

Dec. 17, 2020 4:11 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union provided sober updates Thursday on the state of post-Brexit trade discussions, with only two weeks to go before a potentially chaotic split. While Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Union’s executive commission, noted “substantial...

Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya holds a picture of Belarusian politician Mikalai Statkevich as she gives a speech during the Sakharov Prize ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarusian democratic opposition. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP)

Belarus opposition calls for EU support as it collects prize

Dec. 16, 2020 9:30 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Belarus presidential candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged the European Union to step up its support for embattled democracy protesters in her country, as she picked up the EU’s top human rights prize Wednesday on behalf of a group of opposition leaders. “Without a...