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Riot police officers detain a protester during a Belarusian opposition supporters' rally protesting the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Protests calling for the Belarusian president's resignation have broken out daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election that officials say handed him a sixth term in office. (AP Photo)

Belarus president closes some borders, puts army on alert

Sep. 17, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ president, beleaguered by six weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, on Thursday announced he was putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision underlines his...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Justice minister accuses EU of 'attack' on Polish democracy

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister accused the European Union of waging an “attack on democracy" after the European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing lax adherence to the rule of law and discrimination against women, LGBT people and minorities in the EU member-state. Justice...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Top EU official proposes new 2030 target to reduce emissions

Sep. 16, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official proposed a more ambitious target Wednesday for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, setting a reduction goal of at least 55% by 2030 compared to the current target of 40%. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen predicted the new target...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda speaks to parliament members after he had been sworn in for a second term, at the parliament, in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Many of Poland's former leaders abstained from the ceremony to show disapproval for his first term policies.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland criticized in EU Parliament over courts, LGBT rights

Sep. 14, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative government came under criticism Monday in the European Parliament, where some lawmakers called for it to lose European Union funding over its rule of law record and its stigmatization of LGBT people. The parliament was discussing a new report on fundamental...

Bruno Le Maire, France's minister for economic and financial affairs, attends the Informal Meeting of Economics and Finance Ministers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

EU warns UK that Brexit deal breach will scuttle a new deal

Sep. 11, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 27 European Union nations presented a firmly united front to the U.K. on Friday after the British government said it plans to violate part of their Brexit divorce agreement, warning London that there was little chance of a new trade deal unless the U.K. reverses course. The European...

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi gestures while wearing a face shield, mask and gloves during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the first day of election campaigning at the National League for Democracy party's temporary headquarters in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Myanmar holds a general election on Nov. 8 and began a sixty-day election campaign period Tuesday, which may be disrupted due to a resurgence of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

EU Parliament suspends Suu Kyi from Sakharov Prize community

Sep. 10, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament on Thursday suspended Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the group of former winners of its top human rights prize because of her “failure to act and her acceptance" of the oppression of the Rohingya Muslim ethnic group. A long-time political prisoner before...

EU Parliament plenary to stay out of Strasbourg next week

Sep. 8, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament will keep its plenary sessions in Brussels next week because traveling to Strasbourg would pose too many dangers during the coronavirus pandemic. Parliament President David Sassoli said legislators “have done everything to resume the normal course of our...

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019 file photo, European Commissioner Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis speaks at EU headquarters in Brussels. The European Union's executive commission on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 proposed European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis to take over the post of EU trade commissioner following the resignation of Ireland's Phil Hogan. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

EU names Dombrovskis as its new trade chief

Sep. 8, 2020 5:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive commission is proposing its experienced Latvian vice president, Valdis Dombrovskis, to take over the post as trade chief of the bloc following the resignation of Ireland's Phil Hogan. Dombrovskis had already been holding the post temporarily since...

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen takes off her protective face mask prior to speaking during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. The European Commission president said Thursday her team could face a reshuffle after the resignation of the Irish trade Commissioner, Phil Hogan, over a controversy involving his questionable adherence to COVID-19 rules. (Francois Walschaerts, Pool Via AP)

EU Commission chief says her team could face a reshuffle

Aug. 27, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive commission is emerging from its summer vacation down a key official and with an additional big problem on its hands. At a time when European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen should be centering on managing the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented...

FILE-In this March 25, 2020 file photo lawmakers attend a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin. Germany's governing parties have agreed to reform the country's electoral system with a view to preventing its parliament — already one of the world's biggest — expanding further. Opposition parties dismissed the plan Wednesday as a half-hearted measure that won't solve the problem. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

German governing parties seek reform of electoral system

Aug. 26, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's governing parties have proposed a reform to the country's electoral system to prevent its parliament, already one of the world's biggest, from expanding further. Opposition parties dismissed the plan Wednesday as a half-hearted measure that won't solve the problem. Germany's complex...