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After IS fall, some women who joined plead to come home

Apr. 23, 2019 5:09 AM EDT

AL-HOL CAMP, Syria (AP) — The women say it was misguided religious faith, naivety, a search for something to believe in or youthful rebellion. Whatever it was, it led them to travel across the world to join the Islamic State group. Now after the fall of the last stronghold of the group's "caliphate," they...

Congo court annuls sentence for exiled opposition leader

Apr. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — A lawyer for Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi says a court has annulled his three-year prison sentence, enabling him to return from exile in Belgium. The Court of Cassation, or supreme court of appeals, made the judgment Friday, saying that Katumbi can enter Congo a free man....

Godiva moves beyond chocolate to open 2,000 cafes

Apr. 17, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Godiva is looking beyond its iconic gold gift box of chocolates. The Belgium confectioner is rolling out 2,000 cafes over the next six years that will serve a complete menu of items like the croiffle, a croissant and waffle hybrid that's stuffed with fillings like cheese or chocolate and...

EU moves to limit focus of trade talks with US

Apr. 15, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union approved Monday its terms for negotiating a new trade deal with the United States, but set up a possible show-down with Washington by refusing to include agricultural products in the talks. Making public the mandate for the EU's executive commission to conduct...

Belgian man arrested on terror charges

Apr. 15, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say they have arrested a man on suspicion that he was part of a terrorist group and might have been planning an attack. Federal prosecutors said Monday the 22-year-old Belgian man, identified as Jimmy K., is charged with "taking part in the activities of a terrorist...

UK's May says politicians have duty to complete Brexit

Apr. 11, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Granted a Brexit reprieve by the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers Thursday to pause, reflect on the need for compromise — and then fulfill their "national duty" to approve a divorce deal and take Britain out of the EU. But there is little sign the...

The Latest: Germany says delay aims to avoid no-deal Brexit

Apr. 11, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Germany's foreign minister says the delay granted to Britain on leaving the trade bloc should be used to determine how to avoid a no-deal Brexit but should not be taken as a sign that the EU would...

France's Macron plays hard ball in EU Brexit debate

Apr. 11, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's drive for a swift end to the European Union's long-running, slow-moving Brexit crisis divided a summit that finally granted Britain another delay in leaving the bloc. Over a dinner of scallops and cod, 27 European leaders wrangled between a long-game...

The Latest: EU, UK agree to delay Brexit until Halloween

Apr. 11, 2019 2:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 3 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says the European Union has granted her "key request" to add an early exit clause to its agreement to a six-month Brexit extension. The U.K. and the EU agreed early Thursday to...

Trick or treat? EU, UK agree to delay Brexit until Halloween

Apr. 10, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As if Brexit hadn't spooked Britain and the European Union enough over the past three years, the two sides agreed early Thursday to extend the deadline to Halloween. The new, Oct. 31 cutoff date averts a precipitous and potentially calamitous Brexit that had been scheduled for Friday....