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Western Balkan leaders seek to create region without borders

Nov. 10, 2019 12:05 PM EST

OHRID, North Macedonia (AP) — Leaders in the Western Balkans said Sunday that they are committed to working closely together to remove barriers on the free movement of goods and people between their countries. They also reiterated that their main goal is to become members of the European Union. "There is...

UN confirms Madrid as new location for climate summit

Nov. 1, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations global climate meeting next month will take place in Madrid after previous host Chile canceled at short notice, officials said Friday. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said representatives of the body that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain's offer to...

Spain offers Madrid as host of December UN climate summit

Oct. 31, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's interim leader has offered to have Madrid host an international U.N. climate conference next month that was originally scheduled to be held in riot-struck Chile. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday canceled plans to host the Dec. 2-13 climate gathering, as well...

The Latest: UK lawmakers approve early election on Dec 12

Oct. 29, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on British politics and Brexit (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Britain is set to hold an early election on Dec. 12, after a bill authorizing the vote was passed by the House of Commons. Lawmakers voted 438-20 in favor of the bill to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson the early election...

EU delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson election bid fails

Oct. 28, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.'s departure from the bloc, postponing it until Jan. 31. British politicians immediately began using the extra time to do what they have done for more than three years:...

The Latest: Boris Johnson will try again for early election

Oct. 28, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:05 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will try again to secure a December election, after lawmakers rejected his call for a Dec. 12 vote. After failing to secure the required two-thirds support for a motion to hold an early election,...

Johnson's future, and UK's, rests on EU move on Brexit delay

Oct. 23, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long argued that Brexit will let Britain "take back control" from the European Union. On Wednesday, Johnson's future, and his country's, rested on a decision from Brussels about whether the bloc will delay the U.K.'s scheduled departure to prevent a chaotic...

The Latest: EU lawmaker backs 3-month Brexit extension

Oct. 23, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says that a three-month flexible extension of the deadline beyond Oct. 31 is the only option. Guy Verhofstadt, a member of European Parliament, said after a meeting of EU expert legislators that...

The Latest: EU Council president will recommend Brexit delay

Oct. 22, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:35 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk says he will recommend that the EU grant Britain's request for an extension to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Tusk tweeted Tuesday that he will urge the other 27 EU nations to approve Britain's delay....

The Latest: Pence says 5-day cease-fire in Syria has held

Oct. 22, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Syria following the Turkish invasion earlier this month into the country's north (all times local): 3:55 a.m. Wednesday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says that a five-day cease-fire in Syria has held and that negotiations continue for a permanent cease-fire....