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Spanish Parliament suspends jailed Catalans as lawmakers

May. 24, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The lower chamber of Spain's Parliament has suspended four Catalan separatist politicians from their recently gained positions as national lawmakers because they are currently in jail during an ongoing trial for rebellion and other charges. Speaker Meritxell Batet says that the governing body...

UK's May says she'll quit as Conservative leader June 7

May. 24, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Theresa May announced Friday that she will step down as U.K. Conservative Party leader on June 7, admitting defeat in her attempt to take Britain out of the European Union and sparking a contest to become the country's next prime minister. She will stay as caretaker prime minister until the...

The Latest: Spain fears Britain will crash out of EU

May. 24, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit and Britain's political crisis (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Spain's caretaker government says that Theresa May's announcement she is stepping down as leader of Britain's Conservative Party is "bad news" because it will make a "hard Brexit," where the country leaves the...

Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

May. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could...

India's Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

May. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Dissatisfaction with India's lagging economy didn't deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory. Now, they'll be expecting something in return: faster, bolder action on long-promised reforms to transform...

Thai king opens 1st session of elected assembly since coup

May. 24, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's king on Friday addressed the first session of an elected parliament since the military staged a coup in 2014, advising lawmakers to take their responsibilities seriously because their actions will affect national security and the people's well-being. King Maha Vajiralongkorn...

Theresa May is latest Conservative leader swamped by Europe

May. 24, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Theresa May has joined the ranks of Conservative prime ministers whose time in office has been overwhelmed — and cut short — by the issue of Europe. Ever since Edward Heath took the U.K. into what was then the European Economic Community in 1973, the Conservative Party has been...

No election fever in Romanian village thriving with EU funds

May. 24, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

LUNCAVITA, Romania (AP) — In 2014, the Romanian village of Luncavita had one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country for the European Parliament election — all of 19.3%.  But the southeastern village has increasingly figured out how to draw in exceptional amounts of European Union money for...

Timeline of Brexit and events leading to May's departure

May. 24, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A timeline of key events in how Brexit unfolded and how the political crisis led up to Theresa May's ouster as British prime minister: May 7, 2015: British voters elect a majority Conservative government. Then-Prime Minister David Cameron confirms in his victory speech that there will be an...

Theresa May: A prime minister defined and defeated by Brexit

May. 24, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Theresa May became prime minister in 2016 with one overriding goal: to lead Britain out of the European Union. Three years on, the U.K. is still in the EU, and May's time in 10 Downing St. is ending. She announced Friday that she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7, remaining as...