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Undated photo issued Friday Feb. 21, 2020, by London's Metropolitan Police, showing Safiyya Amira Shaikh.  British woman who supported the Islamic State group, Safiyya Amira Shaikh has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St. Paul's Cathedral in London, admitting Friday to the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications. (Metropolitan Police via AP)

IS supporter pleads guilty to St. Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

Feb. 21, 2020 8:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — ABritish woman who supported the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to bomb St. Paul's Cathedral and a hotelin London. Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Middlesex in southeast England, admitted to the preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications....

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2020, file photo specialist Dilip Patel, left, and trader John Panin work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 20. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

World markets slip on renewed fears over virus outbreak

Feb. 21, 2020 7:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets slipped on Friday after a spike in new virus cases in South Korea and other countries refueled investor anxiety about China's disease outbreak. Benchmarks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney closed down and London, Frankfurt and other European indexes were trading lower. Wall...

Police vehicles are parked outside an EU summit in the European Quarter of Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. In a second day of meetings EU leaders will continue to discuss the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Testy EU budget talks blocked, new summit in March likely

Feb. 21, 2020 5:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Major contributors to the European Union's budget blocked progress at an emergency summit on Friday, insisting that they would not stump up more funds for the bloc's next long-term spending package, worth around one trillion euros ($1.1 trillion). The so-called “Frugal Four”...

European Parliament President David Sassoli speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long — and so far inconclusive. Gaps and resentments between...

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, center, with party lawmakers, speaks to the media on the plinth at Leinster House, Dublin, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Ireland’s parliament convened Thursday for the first time since an election two weeks ago that left three parties on roughly level pegging, with no easy route to forming a stable government. Talks among the parties have failed to make much progress since the Feb. 8 election, which brought a breakthrough for left-wing nationalists Sinn Fein at the expense of the two long-dominant centrist parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)

Irish lawmakers meet as wrangling to form government goes on

Feb. 20, 2020 9:41 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Ireland’s parliament convened Thursday for the first time since an election two weeks ago that left three parties on roughly level pegging, with no easy route to forming a stable government. Talks among the parties have failed to make much progress since the Feb. 8 election, which...

Georgia blames Russia for cyberattack, US, UK agree

Feb. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgian authorities on Thursday accused Russia's military intelligence of launching a large-scale cyberattack that targeted the government and private organizations with the goal of destabilizing the ex-Soviet nation . The United States and Britain also weighed in, strongly...

Defense lawyers say they will seek French asylum for Assange

Feb. 20, 2020 2:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Julian Assange's European defense team said Thursday it will try to seek asylum in France for the Wikileaks founder, whose full hearings for extradition to the United States on spying charges start next week in London. French team member Eric Dupont-Moretti said Assange's case placed at stake...

FILE - In a Sept. 24, 2019 file photo, sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif. Google is attempting to make sure people know exactly what they're signing up for when they use its online services, though it will still mean reading a lengthy document. The company updated its Terms of Service on Thursday,  — it's largest update to the general use contract since 2012 — in response to a pair of court orders in Europe. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Google updates terms in plain language after EU scrutiny

Feb. 20, 2020 2:16 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is attempting to make sure people know exactly what they're signing up for when they use its online services — though that will still mean reading a lengthy document. The company updated its terms of service on Thursday — its largest update to the general use...

A general view London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, where police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder, in London, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Police in London said a man was stabbed during afternoon prayers at one of the city's biggest mosques Thursday and officers detained another man on suspicion of attempted murder. The Metropolitan Police force said officers called to the London Central Mosque found a man in his 70s with stab wounds. Paramedics treated the man before he was taken to a hospital, where his injuries were determined as not life-threatening,  the force said. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

Man stabbed at London mosque; police say not terror-related

Feb. 20, 2020 1:16 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an official at one of London's biggest mosques was stabbed during afternoon prayers on Thursday, police and mosque authorities said. The city's Metropolitan Police force said detectives investigating the stabbing do not think it was...

Bank backs off program monitoring workers' bathroom breaks

Feb. 20, 2020 12:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — London-based bank Barclays backed away Thursday from a software program that monitored an employee's productivity - including bathroom breaks - after privacy campaigners described it as “creepy.’’ The City A.M. newspaper first reported that the bank had installed the...