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Brexit delay gives UK more time to solve political crisis

Mar. 22, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Extra time has been added to the Brexit countdown clock. The European Union has granted Britain a few more weeks to overcome its political deadlock and chart a smooth road out of the bloc — or change its mind and seek a much longer delay. Here's a look at what might happen next: DEAL...

From Israel, Pompeo arrives in Beirut for two-day meetings

Mar. 22, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Lebanon, the last leg of a Mideast tour that took him to Kuwait and Israel. Pompeo is scheduled to meet with a host of Lebanese officials, including allies of the Iran-backed Hezbollah during the two-day visit, his first as secretary of...

Imam says New Zealand is broken-hearted but not broken

Mar. 22, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders observed the Muslim call to prayer Friday in reflecting on the moment one week ago when 50 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques were slain — an act that an imam told the crowd of thousands had left the country broken-hearted but not broken. In a day...

EU shows united front on Brexit, loss of confidence in May

Mar. 22, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders took back control of the Brexit process from British Prime Minister Theresa May, saying Friday they believe the risks were too great and that action was needed to protect the smooth running of the world's biggest trading bloc. May's mantra since the Brexit referendum...

Syria slams Trump statement on Israel sovereignty in Golan

Mar. 22, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday the statement was "irresponsible" and a threat to international peace and stability. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus...

Grenade thrown at Russian Consulate in Greece; no injuries

Mar. 22, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Assailants suspected of belonging to a left-wing militant group threw a hand grenade at the Russian Consulate in Athens on Friday, causing minor damage and no injuries, Greek authorities said. Police sent a bomb disposal team to the consulate after cameras showed two people on a...

China chemical plant blast kills 47, injures hundreds more

Mar. 22, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 47 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. Thursday's blast in an industrial park in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China's worst...

West Virginia Ethics Commission offering training session

Mar. 22, 2019 4:26 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Anyone wanting to learn more about the West Virginia Ethics Act and Open Meetings Act can attend a training session next month in Charles Town. The West Virginia Ethics Commission says the event will be at the Charles Washington Hall at 7 p.m. April 10. Registration isn't required....

Free job fair planned in West Virginia city

Mar. 22, 2019 4:21 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is hosting a job fair with more than 270 employers at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Toyota, Amazon, Northrop Grumman, Gestamp, N3 and other companies will be on hand for the free event. There...

Northam vetoes switchblade bill allowing out-of-state buyers

Mar. 22, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Would-be makers of switchblades in Virginia are out of luck. Gov. Ralph Northam announced Thursday he has vetoed legislation that would allow people to make and sell switchblades to out-of-state buyers. Current law prohibits Virginians from owning switchblades, throwing stars and brass...