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Pro-EU rallies draw tens of thousands before elections

May. 19, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to right-wing populism and nationalism took to the streets Sunday in a number of European cities before May 23-26 elections to the European Parliament. Marches in Germany were held under the banner of "One Europe for Everyone: Your Voice...

Man gets 10 years for home invasion, fake virus threat

May. 16, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Romanian man accused of taking part in a scheme to extort millions from a rich couple by injecting them with what they were told was a lethal virus has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. Alexandru Lucian Nicolescu, 41, was sentenced Wednesday in connection with the...

Romania sets big fines for drivers of ride-hailing services

May. 16, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian government has issued an emergency decree ramping up steep fines for drivers of ride-hailing services like Uber and Taxify. The decree taking effect Thursday fines drivers transporting people in their car without a valid taxi license up to $1,175 (1,050 euros) already...

Shell explosion kills worker at Romania weapons factory

May. 16, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's emergency service says an employee at a weapons factory has been killed by an exploding artillery shell. The Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, or IGSU, said Thursday that the 22-year-old man was working to disarm the explosive. Efforts by emergency personnel to save...

EU leaders commit to unity despite major divisions

May. 9, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Despite the impending departure of Britain, the remaining European Union countries committed Thursday to stick together "through thick and thin" to emerge as a stronger world power after years of internal divisions. "The world doesn't sleep," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as 27...

The Latest: Romanian soccer hero scores again for EU's Tusk

May. 9, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit in Romania (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Not everybody comes with gloves to a European Union summit, but European Council President Donald Tusk could not resist. At least, they weren't boxing gloves. While in Romania, where EU leaders held a...

EU 'stands united' behind Cyprus over Turkish drilling bid

May. 9, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The European Union "stands united" with Cyprus, a top official from the bloc said Thursday, after the Cypriot president blasted Turkey's bid to drill for gas in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights as a "new invasion." European Council...

Romanian political spat comes to the fore at EU summit

May. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Romania's long-running political turmoil was on stark display once more Thursday, as its president criticized some of his country's politicians for "attacking European institutions" and undermining its standing in the European Union. Romania, which currently holds the EU's rotating...

Minister resigns amid criticism in Cyprus serial killer case

May. 2, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cypriot justice minister resigned Thursday as criticism of police mounted for mistakes that may have let a serial killer claim more victims. The president vowed that Cyprus would solve these slayings and promised better protections for the island's foreign workers. A detained...

Romanian villagers light graveyard fires in Easter ritual

Apr. 25, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

COPACIU, Romania (AP) — Orthodox Christians in a southern Romanian village lit fires and candles at the gravesites of friends and relatives, part of a centuries-old Easter ritual. The fires burning Thursday before dawn in the village of Copaciu are believed to guide the souls of the dead during the night...