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EXPLAINER: Why some fear a 'Polexit' from European Union

Oct. 19, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland will be a focus of European attention this week, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressing the European Parliament and leaders at a European Union summit expected to grapple with a legal conundrum created by a recent ruling by Poland's constitutional...

EU commissioner on climate action: 'Leave no one behind'

Oct. 18, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — All nations have a responsibility to ensure that no one gets left behind and that changes are as fair as possible in the transition to a greener economy that's needed to address the climate crisis, European Commission for Climate Action Frans Timmermans said...

UK Parliament honors lawmaker slain at constituents' meeting

Oct. 18, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson led a somber British Parliament on Monday in honoring the Conservative lawmaker stabbed to death as he met constituents at a church hall, an attack that has raised questions about how the country protects it politicians and grapples with extremism...

'Never lose hope,' expelled French envoy tells Belarusians

Oct. 18, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France says its ambassador to Belarus has been ordered out of the country amid growing tensions between Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and the West. Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste’s departure on Sunday was due to the “unilateral decision” of...

Slovenia PM blames rising infections on virus protesters

Oct. 18, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's populist prime minister on Monday blamed a rise in COVID-19 infections on protests in early October that erupted into clashes between police and those who oppose vaccinations and coronavirus restrictions. Prime Minister Janez Jansa...

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in Europe to build 'metaverse'

Oct. 18, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform that promises to connect people virtually but could raise concerns about privacy and the social platform gaining more control over people's online...

EU mulling ways to end jet lease to Belarus’ airline

Oct. 18, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union foreign ministers looked at ways on Monday to stop the illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc from neighboring Belarus, including stopping companies from leasing jets to Belarusian airline Belavia. The EU has accused the government of...

Official: Czech president can't perform duties due to health

Oct. 18, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Health problems were preventing Czech President Milos Zeman from carrying out his duties, an official said Monday. The speaker of the Czech Senate, Milos Vystrcil, said that a letter he received from the Prague military hospital where Zeman is being...

Restaurants closed in parts of Slovakia amid COVID-19 surge

Oct. 18, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia on Monday reimposed coronavirus restrictions in the hardest-hit parts of the country amid the latest surge of infections. Five counties all located in northern Slovakia are affected by the measures, which include the closures of...

Rights watchdog faults Malta for abortion, journalist safety

Oct. 18, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A European human rights watchdog recommended on Monday that Malta legalize abortion, improve gender equality and implement reforms to protect journalists, adding another international voice of criticism to the laws and culture on the Mediterranean island nation. ...