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UN proposal seeks arms embargo and democracy in Myanmar

Jun. 18, 2021 03:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly is expected to approve a resolution calling on Myanmar’s junta to restore the country’s democratic transition and for all countries “to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar,” diplomats said. The draft resolution...

Migrant family's presence on Greek island hints at pushbacks

Jun. 18, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

VATHY, Greece (AP) — Around dawn one recent spring day, an inflatable dinghy carrying nearly three dozen people reached the Greek island of Samos from the nearby Turkish coast. Within 24 hours, refugee rights groups say, the same group was seen drifting in a life raft back to Turkey. ...

N. Ireland Unionist leader ousted amid turmoil in party

Jun. 17, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leader of the senior party in Northern Ireland's government resigned late Thursday after colleagues revolted over a deal to appoint new leaders to the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing administration. Edwin Poots, who was elected just a month ago,...

Scotch whisky makers welcome suspension of costly US tariffs

Jun. 17, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Scotch single malt whisky makers breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after the United States agreed to suspend tariffs on one of Scotland's main exports in the wake of the resolution of a long-standing transatlantic trade row over subsidies to aircraft companies Boeing and...

Montenegro minister ousted over Srebrenica genocide denial

Jun. 17, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrin lawmakers on Thursday ousted a pro-Serb government minister who has denied the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica and passed a resolution condemning the massacre, in a vote that has shaken the new government and exposed a rift within the Balkan country’s...

In trade row, UK asks EU to delay post Brexit 'sausage ban'

Jun. 17, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that Britain has asked for a three-month delay in bringing in some post-Brexit trade checks that are causing tension between the two sides, and instability in Northern Ireland. The EU’s executive Commission said the U.K....

Bulgaria, North Macedonia seek ways to iron out EU dispute

Jun. 17, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Days before a European Union summit that could clear the way for his country to start accession talks with the bloc, North Macedonia's prime minister, Zoran Zaev, is visiting neighboring Bulgaria to try to settle a dispute that might derail the project. ...

EU endorses massive pandemic relief for recession-hit Greece

Jun. 17, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union Thursday endorsed a pandemic recovery plan for Greece worth 30.5 billion euros ($36.4 billion), providing vital relief for the eurozone member's shaken economy. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen formally...

Activists take Spain's government to court over climate plan

Jun. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Environmental activists in Spain lodged a legal claim against the government Thursday for what they deem as insufficient ambition in reducing carbon emissions and other contributors to climate change. The action in Spain's Supreme Court is a preliminary...

'Practical work' summit for Biden, Putin: No punches or hugs

Jun. 16, 2021 21:05 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russia’s Vladimir Putin exchanged cordial words and plotted modest steps on arms control and diplomacy but emerged from their much-anticipated Swiss summit Wednesday largely where they started -- with deep differences on human rights,...