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Minister: Poland should not pay any of its EU court fines

Oct. 28, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s justice minister said Thursday the European Union member should not pay any of the total $1.8 million daily fines the EU’s top court imposed for Warsaw’s ignoring its injunctions on changes to the judiciary and operation of a lignite mine. ...

Polish parliament to examine anti-LGBT legislative proposal

Oct. 28, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament is expected to give a first reading on Thursday to proposed legislation dubbed “Stop LGBT," which aims to prohibit the “promotion" of same-sex relationships and would ban pride parades. It is not clear, however, how...

Norway sees rising infections, braces for winter virus wave

Oct. 28, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A top Norwegian health official said the Scandinavian country “must be prepared for a bigger wave” of COVID-19 infections this winter as the country is already seeing an increase in cases. “Based on an overall assessment, we believe it...

Biden bound for global summits as domestic agenda in limbo

Oct. 28, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden promised to show the world that democracies can work to meet the challenges of the 21st century. As he prepares to push that message at a pair of global summits, his case could hinge on what's happening in Washington, where he is rushing to finalize a...

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

Oct. 28, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he hauled cargo to other parts of Europe. His view changed after the friend...

EU court tells Poland to pay $1.2M a day in judicial dispute

Oct. 28, 2021 07:45 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union raised the stakes Wednesday in a standoff with Poland over judicial independence and the primacy of EU law, with the bloc's top court fining Poland $1.2 million a day to prevent what it called “serious and irreparable harm” to the EU's legal order and...

China and Serbia praise 'steel friendship' amid growing ties

Oct. 28, 2021 07:27 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian officials praised their “steel friendship” with China during talks on Thursday with China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi amid fears in the West that by heavily investing in the Balkan state, Beijing is trying to exert its political influence in that part of...

Moscow shuts most workplaces as infections, deaths soar

Oct. 28, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian capital on Thursday started a nonworking period intended to stem coronavirus infections as new daily cases and deaths from COVID-19 surged to all-time highs. The government coronavirus task force reported 1,159 deaths in 24 hours, the largest...

Europe gas prices drop on Putin's order to fill EU storages

Oct. 28, 2021 06:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — European gas prices dropped Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the country's major natural gas company to pump more gas into EU storages. Europe's gas prices have soared in recent weeks amid strong demand in Asia driven by the...

Albanian former minister charged in deadly 2008 blast

Oct. 28, 2021 05:58 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian prosecutors on Thursday brought charges against a former defense minister over a massive blast at a munitions disposal factory in 2008 that killed 26 people. The Special Structure Against Corruption, or SPAK, in charge of probing high...