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Stefano Bonaccini, president of the Emilia-Romagna Region and Democratic Party candidate, waves to supporters during the closing event of the electoral campaign of the Democratic Party of Emilia-Romagna at the ARCI Benassi club in Bologna, Italy, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

Salvini's power bid through regional vote looks to founder

Jan. 26, 2020 9:06 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Right-wing opposition leader Matteo Salvini’s attempt to destabilize Italy's national government by forcing the left out of power in a key northern region appeared to founder Sunday. With 20% of precincts reporting in Emilia-Romagna, Democratic Party incumbent Stefano Bonaccini was...

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007, file photo, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, foreground, signs the EU's Lisbon Treaty in Lisbon, Portugal. Brown, who was more circumspect about the European Union than his immediate predecessor Tony Blair, turned up late for the signing of the treaty. On Jan. 31, 2020, Britain is scheduled to leave the EU after 47 years of membership. ( AP Photo/Paulo Duarte/File)

Britain's EU Journey: When the EU faced its biggest crisis

Jan. 26, 2020 12:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout...

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas arrives for a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the situation in Libya and Venezuela, the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Sahel, and climate diplomacy. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Germany urged to fight anti-Semitism to avoid Jewish exodus

Jan. 26, 2020 7:41 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister is calling for strengthened efforts against anti-Semitism to ward off the possibility that many Jews decide to leave the country. Heiko Maas said in an article Sunday for the weekly Der Spiegel that German politicians must do more “but there is one thing they...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018 file photo, scaffolding surrounds the Queen Elizabeth Tower, which holds the bell known as Big Ben, in London. The bell of Britain’s Parliament has been largely silent since 2017 while its iconic clock tower undergoes four years of repairs. Brexit-backing lawmakers are campaigning for it to strike at the moment Britain leaves the European Union -- 11 p.m. (2300GMT) on Jan. 31. Parliamentary officials say it is not worth the cost, which could come to 500,000 pounds ($650,000). The House of Commons Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 that because the clock mechanism has been dismantled and the belfry is currently getting a new floor, arranging for the bell to ring “could result in huge costs to the public purse.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

Ringing in Brexit? Plans to celebrate UK exit divide country

Jan. 26, 2020 7:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just days away, Britons are fighting over the chimes of Big Ben. And the White Cliffs of Dover are a battleground. As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Friday, people are divided over how to mark a historic moment that some are relishing but others are...

The leader of Venezuela's political opposition Juan Guaido smiles from a car during a visit to Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Juan Guaido, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, arrived Saturday in Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Venezuela's Guaidó visits a politically agitated Spain

Jan. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Juan Guaidó, the man who one year ago launched a bid to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, on Saturday paid a visit to Spain, where a thriving community of Venezuelans and a storm among Spanish political parties awaited him. Venezuela's main opposition leader is on an...

U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell speaks during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Grenell is meeting Serbian President Vucic in order to move the dialogue and normalize relations between the two sides.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Trump envoy hails deal to resume Serbia-Kosovo rail service

Jan. 25, 2020 12:46 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for Serbia and Kosovo said Saturday that an agreement to resume railway service between the two Balkan rivals is important for both nations. Richard Grenell, who is the U.S. ambassador to Germany, said establishing train links...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2019, file photo, the sun lights the buildings behind the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland. World leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp _ once on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Jerusalem and again on Jan. 27 at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland. The fact that there will be two competing ceremonies reflects how politically charged World War II remains for nationalist governments in Russia and Poland. (Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Europe's bishops mark Auschwitz anniversary denouncing hate

Jan. 25, 2020 9:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's Catholic bishops are marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz with a statement denouncing anti-Semitism and the “manipulation" of the truth for political aims. The statement was released on Saturday, also in a Hebrew version, two days ahead of the...

United States Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin speaks at Chatham at House in London, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.  Mnuchin is visiting Britain Saturday for high level discussions on trade following his visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

US Treasury chief says trade deal possible with UK in a year

Jan. 25, 2020 9:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Saturday that Britain and America would be able to conclude a trade deal this year, despite lingering disagreements on a digital services tax and whether to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei to build aspects of a new high-speed mobile network....

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 17, 1997 ,file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, foreground, mounts a bike, along with European leaders in Amsterdam. One of Blair's ambitions after his Labour Party won a landslide election victory in May, 1997, was to put Britain at the

Britain's EU Journey: When Blair's EU aspirations faded away

Jan. 25, 2020 5:00 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout...

European Council President Charles Michel arrives to a meeting with North Macedonia's President Stevo Pendarovski, at the presidential office in Skopje, North Macedonia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel is expected to discuss with the country's senior officials the new EU negotiation methodology and the course of the reform process in North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

EU plans intensive talks on future enlargement procedure

Jan. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The President of the European Council said on Friday the bloc will be holding intensive discussions in coming weeks on how future enlargement should be managed. Charles Michel, who was in the Albanian capital, Tirana, to meet with Prime Minister Edi Rama, said all member countries...