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The Latest: Trump, Pelosi flex muscle, shutdown goes on

Jan. 17, 2019 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:50 p.m. President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are both flexing their political powers as the negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown remain stalled. Trump issued a letter to Pelosi on...

AP Interview: Europol ties together tennis match-fixer rings

Jan. 17, 2019 11:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — European police agency Europol says it has identified links between match-fixing gambling syndicates being unraveled in Spain and Belgium that are thought to have paid off dozens of players and corrupted lower-level tennis tournaments on a massive scale. Pedro Felicio, who heads Europol's...

Thousands skip school again to go to Belgium climate protest

Jan. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — More than 10,000 students skipped school again in Belgium to join a march demanding better protections of the globe's fragile climate. Despite the rain and cold, the colorful protest march in Brussels was bigger than the initial one last week. Banners reading "School strike 4 Climate" and...

Europeans unravel massive tennis match-fixing ring

Jan. 16, 2019 3:25 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The crooked tennis players knew him as "Maestro." To European investigators, the Armenian based in Belgium is emerging as the suspected ringleader of an organized gambling syndicate suspected of fixing hundreds of matches and paying off more than 100 players from around Europe. As Roger...

Theft of church painting puzzles Belgian police

Jan. 16, 2019 1:55 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — It's probably not a long-lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn't stolen by a sophisticated gang of international art thieves. But the disappearance of a painting that a priest claimed resembled a work by the Renaissance master has Belgian investigators scratching their...

Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum attack refuses to testify

Jan. 15, 2019 12:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A French citizen charged with "terrorist murder" for the slayings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium refused to testify at his trial Tuesday, saying he didn't commit the killings but the court had barred witnesses who could have spoken on his behalf. Mehdi Nemmouche, 33, is...

Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring

Jan. 15, 2019 10:58 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of organizing sham marriages between mostly Portuguese women and Pakistani men. Europol says in a statement Tuesday the men were seeking to obtain residence rights...

Feuding French rappers seek to take dispute to boxing ring

Jan. 11, 2019 7:11 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Two French rappers who fought a running battle inside a Paris airport with their entourages over the summer are seeking to take their dispute into a boxing ring in Belgium. Booba, one of France's most successful rap artists, announced on social media a "light-heavyweight category" bout at...

The Latest: Police, military seen near Congo opposition area

Jan. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election results. All times local: 7:35 p.m. As night falls in Congo, scores of police with automatic rifles and tear gas launchers are positioned along a road in the capital leading to Limete, a stronghold of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu....

Spanish police arrest tennis players in match-fixing ring

Jan. 10, 2019 8:22 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in last year's U.S. Open, have been linked to an international organized group accused of fixing matches. Authorities said on Thursday the players tainted results after taking bribes from an Armenian ring that...