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The EU flag hangs from Europa House in London, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The ninth round of trade talks between the EU and Britain is set to start in Brussels as the two sides continue to clash over the controversial UK Internal Market Bill. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

Sep. 29, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute compromises on everything from fisheries to competition in hopes of creating a post-Brexit trade deal. But the atmosphere was soured by U.K. lawmakers voting to let their government wriggle out of commitments...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, center right, and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-institutional relations and Foresight Maros Sefcovic, center left, attend the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. At center on screen is EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier joining by videoconference. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU-UK spat over Brexit deal clouds key trade talks this week

Sep. 28, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain entered a crucial week of post-Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday by rejecting the EU’s demand that it drop plans to breach the legally binding agreement it signed on its departure from the bloc. The EU told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to brace for a...

In this photo made from UNTV video, Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN Headquarters. (UNTV Via AP )

The Latest: Boris Johnson to urge global unity against virus

Sep. 25, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 6:25 a.m. Japan’s new prime minister says he’s determined to host the Tokyo Olympic Games next summer as “proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic.” The Games this year were postponed because...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier, right, meets with European Council President Charles Michel at the EU Council building in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

EU leader Michel lashes out at Britain over post-Brexit plan

Sep. 25, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leader Charles Michel used the virtual pulpit of the U.N. General Assembly on Friday to lash out at Britain for its threats to renege on parts of the withdrawal treaty it signed with the EU and warned that the 27-nation bloc won't back down in the final weeks of acrimonious...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017 file photo, the Apple logo at a store in Hialeah, Fla. The European Commission said Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 it's appealing a court decision that Apple doesn't have to repay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland. The appeal comes after the U.S. tech giant scored a decisive recent legal victory in its longrunning battle with the European Union's executive Commission, which has been trying to rein in multinationals' ability to strike special tax deals with individual EU countries.  (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

EU Commission appeals after losing Apple $15B tax case

Sep. 25, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Commission said Friday it is appealing a court decision that Apple doesn't have to repay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes to Ireland. The appeal comes after the U.S. tech giant scored a big recent legal victory in its long battle with the European Union's executive...

A man shows the contact tracing app Stayaway Covid on his cellphone, in Lisbon, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The smartphone app uses Bluetooth technology to help discover whether people have been in close proximity to someone infected with COVID-19. Mobile apps tracing new COVID cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest from the public. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact

Sep. 22, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again and the apps have not been widely adopted due to privacy concerns, technical problems and lack of interest...

FILE - In this Friday, April 5, 2019 file photo, International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney smiles during a Foreign Ministers G7 meeting in Dinard, Brittany. Clooney has become the highest profile lawyer to quit over her opposition to the British government’s suggestion that it could break international law in the event it fails to agree a trade deal with the European Union. In a letter Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the human rights lawyer said she is quitting her role as the U.K.’s special envoy on media freedom over the government’s “lamentable” suggestion. (AP Photo/David Vincent, file)

Amal Clooney quits UK role over 'lamentable' Brexit plan

Sep. 18, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Amal Clooney has become the highest profile lawyer to quit an official job over her opposition to the British government's suggestion that it could break international law in the event it fails to agree a trade deal with the European Union. In a letter Friday to British Foreign Secretary...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...

This Sept. 18, 2015 photo shows Lyle Thompson, Onondaga, of the Iroquois Nationals during the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships on the Onondaga Nation Reservation just south of Syracuse, New York. The Ireland Lacrosse team recently bowed out of the sport's top international tournament to open up a spot for the Iroquois Nationals. It's the latest in a series of gestures between the country and U.S. tribes that date back to 1847, when Choctaw leaders gave $170 to the Irish as their country battled a potato famine that resulted in the death of tens of thousands. Historians estimate today's value of the amount at roughly $5,000. (Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Indian Country Today via AP)

Friendship between Ireland, tribes lives on in lacrosse

Sep. 15, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

More than 170 years ago, a U.S. tribe did Ireland a solid. The European country has not forgotten it. The Ireland Lacrosse team recently bowed out of the sport’s top international tournament to open up a spot for the Iroquois Nationals. It’s the latest in a series of gestures between the country...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has strongly defended his controversial plan to override sections of the Brexit deal that he negotiated with the European Union, arguing that the bloc has an “extreme” interpretation of the treaty that could jeopardize the future of the U.K. In a column Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in The Daily Telegraph, Johnson said the Internal Market Bill is required to end EU threats to impose a “blockade” in the Irish Sea that he argues could “carve up our country.”  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

UK's Johnson defends planned law, says EU 'unreasonable'

Sep. 14, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday defended his plan to unilaterally rewrite Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union as an insurance policy against the bloc's unreasonable behavior — even as his former attorney general joined the ranks of once-loyal lawmakers...