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Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the PNC Championship golf tournament, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Harrington: Too many Ryder Cup picks can cause problems

Jan. 19, 2021 4:44 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The start of the European Tour season in Abu Dhabi is a resumption of the Ryder Cup points race, and European captain Padraig Harrington made it clear he is looking for players in form for the September matches. Europe changed its points system because the tour was shut down for four months...

FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square.  Any EU country's privacy watchdog can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of the bloc's strict privacy rules, an adviser to the European Union's top court said Wednesday Jan. 13, 2021.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

EU court opinion leaves Facebook more exposed over privacy

Jan. 13, 2021 11:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Any EU country can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of data privacy rules, not just the main regulator in charge of the company, a top court adviser said Wednesday. The preliminary opinion is part of a long-running legal battle between Facebook...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin speaks as he arrives at the European Council building in Brussels.  The Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin seems poised to make a formal apology on behalf of the Irish state, for the deaths of thousands of infants and other abuses in church-run homes for unmarried women and their babies, following inquiry findings due to be published on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021. (John Thys/ Pool FILE via AP)

Irish PM sorry for 'profound wrong' of unwed mothers homes

Jan. 13, 2021 10:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s prime minster issued a formal state apology Wednesday to the thousands of unmarried women and their children who endured pain, shame and stigma at church-run institutions, saying his government was determined to start righting the country’s wrongs. Prime Minister...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, Ireland's Prime Minister Micheal Martin speaks as he arrives at the European Council building in Brussels.  The Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin seems poised to make a formal apology on behalf of the Irish state, for the deaths of thousands of infants and other abuses in church-run homes for unmarried women and their babies, following inquiry findings due to be published on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021. (John Thys/ Pool FILE via AP)

Irish PM says 'perverse' morality drove unwed mothers' homes

Jan. 12, 2021 3:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s prime minister said Tuesday that the country must “face up to the full truth of our past,” as a long-awaited report recounted decades of harm done by church-run homes for unmarried women and their babies, where thousands of infants died. Prime Minister Micheal...

The road heading the check point on the Eurotunnel site is pictured in Coquelles, Monday Jan.4, 2021. Britain left the European bloc's vast single market for people, goods and services, completing the biggest single economic change the country has experienced since World War II. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Companies say post-Brexit rules are clogging up UK-EU trade

Jan. 8, 2021 12:15 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Some businesses said Friday that costs and paperwork are hampering trade between Britain and the European Union as the reality of the U.K.’s post-Brexit trading relationship with the bloc takes hold. Britain left the economic embrace of the 27-nation bloc, the final stage of Brexit, at...

More contagious variant of COVID-19 found in Connecticut

Jan. 7, 2021 7:32 PM EST

The first two known cases of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Connecticut, the governor said Thursday. The two people, described as between ages 15 and 25, live in New Haven County and each had traveled recently outside the state, one to Ireland and one to New York state....

People protest outside Blanchardstown police station in Dublin, Ireland, Monday Jan. 4, 2021, calling for justice for George Nkencho, a black man who was shot multiple times by officers outside his home on Wednesday Jan. 1.  George Nkencho was allegedly brandishing a knife before he was shot multiple times by members of Blanchardstown Garda Armed Support Unit, a death that has prompting a Black Lives Matter demonstration. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

Lawyers to meet with Irish police over Black man's shooting

Jan. 4, 2021 12:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Lawyers representing the family of a Black man who was shot dead by police in Ireland said Monday they will meet with police ombudsman investigators to seek to find out what happened. Dozens of people have gathered in Dublin in the past few days to protest the death of George Nkencho, 27, on...

South Korea's Vice Justice Minister Lee Yong-gu speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 31, 2020. South Korea has enforced its toughest physical distancing rules at correctional facilities across the country after a major cluster of coronavirus infections flared at a Seoul prison. (Lee Jung-hun/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea enforces tough measures in prisons

Dec. 30, 2020 11:10 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has enforced its toughest physical distancing rules at correctional facilities across the country after a major cluster of coronavirus infections flared at a Seoul prison. The Justice Ministry says that 792 people — 771 inmates and 21 staff — at Seoul’s...

Pedestrians wearing masks to protect against coronavirus pass a sign for doctors rooms in Johannesburg Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the wearing of masks compulsory and has reimposed a ban on the sales of alcohol and ordered the closure of all bars as part of new restrictions to help the country battle a resurgence of the coronavirus, including a new variant. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: Louisiana congressman-elect dies from COVID-19

Dec. 29, 2020 10:29 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. — Luke Letlow, who was to have been Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the congressman-elect’s death Tuesday at...

FILE -In this Thursday, May 10, 2012 file photo Dublin archbishop Diarmuid Martin attends a press conference, at the Vatican.  Pope Francis has accepted Tuesday Dec. 29, 2020 the resignation of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who worked to rebuild the Catholic Church's credibility in Ireland after it was shattered by decades of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

Dublin archbishop who helped Ireland heal from abuse retires

Dec. 29, 2020 12:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who worked to rebuild the Roman Catholic Church's credibility in Ireland after it was shattered by decades of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up. Martin turned 75 earlier this year, the mandatory retirement age...