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The Latest: Pussy Riot charged in protest at World Cup final

Jul. 15, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Sunday at the World Cup (all times local): 1:43 a.m. Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final. The Interfax...

The Latest: Croatia defender demands respect at World Cup

Jul. 11, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday at the World Cup (all times local): 2 a.m. Croatia defender Dejan Lovren says people should show him more respect now he's going to play in a World Cup final. Lovren says "I deserve this" after Croatia's 2-1 extra-time win over England, and used an expletive to...

US first lady welcomed in Belgium with music and fashion

Jul. 11, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump returned to the international stage Wednesday as she mingled with the spouses of America's closest allies over classical music, fashion and chocolate. As President Donald Trump harangued Germany and other allies at a NATO summit in Brussels, his wife chatted...

The Latest: May says Trump-Putin talks could reduce tensions

Jul. 11, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit (all times local): 11:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May says Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin could help reduce the risk of confrontation between Russia and the West. The U.S. and Russian presidents are due to meet Monday in Helsinki, after...

NATO allies defend military spending amid Trump criticism

Jul. 3, 2018 6:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO allies are pushing back against U.S. criticism that they are not spending enough on defense as President Donald Trump ratchets up pressure ahead of a summit next week. In the weeks leading up to NATO's July 11-12 summit in Brussels, Trump sent letters to the governments of Norway,...

Austria to lift immunity of Iranian diplomat in bomb plot

Jul. 3, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria plans to revoke the legal immunity of an Iranian diplomat who is suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in France, officials said Tuesday. The Iranian government was notified that the man's diplomatic status would be canceled within 48 hours unless...

EU to UK: Produce 'realistic' Brexit plan or risk failure

Jun. 29, 2018 11:12 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union issued a stark assessment of the gridlocked Brexit talks Friday, saying there's been "no substantial progress" on the key issue of the Irish border and advising EU nations to ramp up their preparations for the possibility that Britain could crash out of the bloc without a...

World Cup diplomacy provides distraction at EU summit

Jun. 28, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Almost by tradition, there was some World Cup diplomacy at the European Union summit. Every four years, the leaders of the EU are locked in meetings while one or more of their teams are playing in a World Cup match. At the start of the summit, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel gave...

Indonesia wins UN council seat along with Germany, Belgium

Jun. 8, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting Jan. 1 and will join the U.N.'s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic. General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak...

Belgian justice minister rejects calls to quit over killings

May. 31, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's justice minister says he will stay in his job despite calls for his resignation after a prison inmate killed four people while on furlough. Minister Koen Geens told parliament on Thursday that "to persevere when the going is tough is sometimes tougher that to simply give up." The...