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Johnson, Corbyn clash in final debate before UK election

Dec. 6, 2019 5:54 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed Friday night in the last head-to-head debate before a general election in six days — an underpowered showdown that saw both men stick to well-worn phrases and promises about their plans for...

Kids hurt in Albanian quake meet footballers Ronaldo, Buffon

Dec. 6, 2019 5:32 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Two Albanian boys who jumped from their apartments during an earthquake that killed relatives got a small reprieve from the tragedy Friday when they met their football idols. Aurel Lala, 7, and Alesio Cakoni, 10, jumped from the balconies of their apartments to escape the collapsing...

Hungary competition authority fines Facebook $4 million

Dec. 6, 2019 1:59 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Facebook has been fined around $4 million for allegedly misleading its users in Hungary by claiming the use of its services was free, the Hungarian Competition Authority said Friday. The authority called the fine of 1.2 billion forints ($4.01 million, 3.63 million euros) the...

UK Brexit envoy quits, slamming politicians' 'half-truths'

Dec. 6, 2019 1:33 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Brexit envoy in Washington has quit, saying she no longer wants to “peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust.” Alexandra Hall Hall resigned as the embassy’s Brexit counselor with a letter slamming the British government’s use of...

Germany: Merkel's partners give coalition 'realistic chance'

Dec. 6, 2019 1:11 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's junior governing party is giving Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition a “realistic chance” of survival, one of its new leaders said Friday before winning a mandate to seek new concessions. The party rejected a call to leave the government immediately. A congress of the...

World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

Dec. 6, 2019 11:37 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move that could see the case brought before the UN Security Council and a “snapback” of sanctions...

Kosovo leader says EU has double standards on Kosovo, Serbia

Dec. 6, 2019 11:04 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's president accused the European Union on Friday of maintaining double standards for blocking a visa-free travel deal with his country but opening new chapters in Serbia's integration process despite its affiliation with Russia. Hashim Thaci said Serbia's leader visited...

NATO researchers: Social media failing to stop manipulation

Dec. 6, 2019 10:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Social media companies are failing to stop manipulated activity, according to a report Friday by NATO-affiliated researchers who said they were easily able to buy tens of thousands of likes, comments and views on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Most of the phony accounts and the...

Bosnia to close makeshift migrant camp on Croatia's border

Dec. 6, 2019 8:47 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian officials said Friday they will close within days a makeshift tent camp in the northwest of the country where hundreds of migrants are stranded despite snow and freezing weather. Bosnia’s security minister, Dragan Mektic, said the Vucjak camp on the border...

Massive Polish coal mine sparks international dispute

Dec. 6, 2019 7:37 AM EST

UHELNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Polluted air, noise, dry wells. The Turow lignite coal mine in Poland is causing trouble for the environment and local communities - even in Germany and Czech Republic, whose border is just a short walk away. Plans to further expand the huge open pit mine have caused alarm...