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California's Brooksby, 20, clinches Next Gen Finals berth

Oct. 22, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Qualifier Jenson Brooksby locked up a berth in the Next Gen Finals for the top 21-and-under players on the ATP Tour by reaching the semifinals in Antwerp with a 7-5 6-0 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina on Friday. Brooksby, a 20-year-old...

EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes

Oct. 22, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the European Union on Friday failed to convince key bloc leaders who said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into...

Strong storm causes 4 deaths in Poland, damage across Europe

Oct. 21, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A powerful autumn storm blasted across parts of Europe on Thursday, killing four people in Poland and causing damage and disruption across a large swath of the continent. According to reports in Polish media, the hardest-hit area was around the...

Belgium braces for another surge in COVID-19 cases

Oct. 21, 2021 02:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's government warned Thursday that the country could well be on the cusp of another major surge in COVID-19 cases despite its high vaccination rate. Though the government recently relaxed the mandatory use of facemasks, it is again starting to...

Merkel backs dialogue with Poland over tensions with EU

Oct. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Poland's European Union partners need to step away from confrontation and instead talk to the government in Warsaw to seek solutions to the difficulties in their relationship. Last week, Poland's...

Women taken from mothers in Congo seek Belgian reparations

Oct. 14, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A court in Brussels has started considering a crimes against humanity lawsuit brought by five biracial women who were born in Congo and taken away from their Black mothers when they were little and the country was under Belgian colonial rule. Lea Tavares...

Europe court rejects case seeking to blame Vatican for abuse

Oct. 12, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A European court agreed Tuesday that the Vatican couldn't be sued in a local court for sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, affirming that it enjoys sovereign immunity and that the misconduct of priests and their superiors can't be attributed to the Holy See. ...

Mbappé nets late as France beats Spain to win Nations League

Oct. 10, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Kylian Mbappé scored a late winner as world champion France came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the Nations League final on Sunday. Mbappé netted with 10 minutes remaining as France was again forced to fight back, just as it had done in the semifinals...

Thousands march in Brussels to demand tougher climate action

Oct. 10, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dressed as endangered fish or tigers or wearing toy polar bears on their heads, demonstrators marched through Brussels on Sunday to push world leaders to take bolder action to fight climate change at the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow starting this month. ...

EU leaders fear Polish exit following court ruling

Oct. 08, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Senior officials from two founding members of the European Union expressed fears Friday that a Polish ruling challenging the supremacy of EU laws could trigger the country's exit from the 27-nation bloc. France’s Europe minister, Clement Beaune,...