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Albania complains its EU accession bid is being held hostage

Sep. 28, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister on Tuesday complained about the delay in the launch of European Union membership negotiations with his country, saying Bulgaria’s veto is holding the process hostage. Edi Rama spoke at a news conference with European...

Belarus leader announces vote on a new constitution in 2022

Sep. 28, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The authoritarian leader of Belarus on Tuesday announced a referendum on a new constitution to be held in February 2022 and vowed not to let the opposition come to power, a move analysts say could further cement his grip on power after months of mass protests. ...

EU official: No dealing with 'desperate' Lukashenko

Sep. 28, 2021 08:37 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The European Union stands firm on its regime of sanctions against Belarus’ authoritarian president who is “pushing” migrants into the EU out of “desperation,” a senior official from the bloc said Tuesday. EU Home Affairs Commissioner...

The Latest: Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit another record

Sep. 28, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW — Coronavirus confirmed deaths in Russia hit another record at 852 on Tuesday. Russia’s state coronavirus task force reported the increase from the previous record of 828 on Friday. Daily coronavirus infections in Russia have fallen from...

Far-right cryptocurrency follows ideology across borders

Sep. 28, 2021 04:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Daily Stormer website advocates for the purity of the white race, posts hate-filled, conspiratorial screeds against Blacks, Jews and women and has helped inspire at least three racially motivated murders. It has also made its founder, Andrew Anglin, a millionaire. ...

Two Europes: Low vaccine rates in east overwhelm ICUs

Sep. 28, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — In a packed intensive care unit for coronavirus patients in Romania’s capital, Bucharest, 55-year-old Adrian Pica sits on his bed receiving supplementary oxygen to help him breathe. “I didn’t want to get vaccinated because I was afraid,” he said. ...

At UN, Belarus diplomat bemoans Western actions against it

Sep. 27, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The foreign minister of Belarus accused Western nations on Monday of carrying out “a large-scale hybrid war” against the country because it failed to change the government in elections last year, which he insisted were won by President Alexander Lukashenko. ...

UK readies soldiers to help ease gas shortages at pumps

Sep. 27, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government put dozens of soldiers on standby Monday to help easy fuel supply problems caused by a shortage of truck drivers, a situation that has spurred panic buying of gasoline across the country. As unions called for emergency workers to be...

NATO-led mission increases patrols on Kosovo-Serbia border

Sep. 27, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The NATO-led KFOR mission in Kosovo increased its patrols Monday on the border with Serbia in a bid to deescalate tensions between the two Balkan foes over a dispute about license plates. KFOR, with around 4,000 troops from 28 countries, is led...

Azerbaijan, Armenia mark anniversary of their war

Sep. 27, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Azerbaijan and Armenia are marking the anniversary of the start of their six-week war in which more than 6,600 people died and which ended with Azerbaijan regaining control of large swaths of territory. Soldiers carrying photographs of comrades killed in...