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EU criticizes France for excessive debt, putting pressure on Macron during election campaign

Jun. 19, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Wednesday criticized France for running up excessive debt, a stinging rebuke at the height of an election campaign where President Emmanuel Macron is facing a strong challenge from the extreme right and the left. The EU...

Iran’s imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi sentenced to another year in prison

Jun. 19, 2024 06:47 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Narges Mohammadi, has been sentenced to another year in prison over her activism, her lawyer said Wednesday. Mostafa Nili, Mohammadi’s lawyer, told The Associated Press that his client was convicted...

Strict asylum rules and poor treatment of migrants are pushing people north to the UK

Jun. 19, 2024 06:21 AM EDT

AMBLETEUSE, France (AP) — The rising tide crept above their waists, soaking the babies they hugged tight. Around a dozen Kurds refused to leave the cold waters of the English Channel in a futile attempt to delay the inevitable: French police had just foiled their latest attempt to reach the...

Luxury sales are flattening amid a self-inflicted creativity crisis and price hikes, study finds

Jun. 18, 2024 20:42 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The post-pandemic surge in global sales of luxury handbags, shoes and apparel is set to stall this year amid a creativity crisis and price hikes as brands shift focus to the biggest spending customers, a new study by the Bain consultancy said Tuesday. Bain is...

Dutch leader Mark Rutte clears a big hurdle to becoming NATO chief after Hungary lifts objections

Jun. 18, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary on Tuesday lifted its veto on Mark Rutte becoming the next head of NATO after the outgoing Dutch prime minister gave written guarantees that he would not force the country to take part in the military alliance’s new plans to provide support to Ukraine. ...

For Trump it's MAGA, but Hungary's Orbán is going MEGA at the European Union's helm for six months

Jun. 18, 2024 10:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary’s populist government announced on Tuesday that its upcoming presidency of the European Union will be held under the motto “Make Europe Great Again,” but played down any parallels with Donald Trump’s MAGA movement in the United States. “This is a...

China targets Europe's farmers, and not its automakers, in response to EU tariffs on electric cars

Jun. 18, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government is taking aim at European farmers instead of German automakers by launching an investigation into European Union pork imports, just days after the EU said it plans to impose provisional tariffs on China-made electric vehicles. The Commerce...

In Burundi, shortages and power cuts slow a return from international isolation

Jun. 18, 2024 00:15 AM EDT

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi seems to be running short of everything but patience. A deadly nationwide political crackdown in the East African nation is now in the past. But the return to international favor, and benefits like development assistance that come with it, has been...

A record number of NATO allies are hitting their defense spending target during war in Ukraine

Jun. 17, 2024 23:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 23 of NATO's 32 member nations are hitting the Western military alliance’s defense spending target this year, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday, as Russia's war in Ukraine has raised the threat of expanding conflict in Europe. The...

Landmark EU nature restoration plan gets the green light despite months of protests by farmers

Jun. 17, 2024 21:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Monday gave final approval to a major and long-awaited plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc, a divisive issue after months of protests by farmers who argued that EU environmental and climate laws were driving them toward bankruptcy. ...