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The Latest: Granted asylum requests dropped in EU in 2018

Apr. 25, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The European Union's statistics agency says more than 300,000 people were granted asylum within the bloc last year, a drop of almost 40 percent from 2017. Eurostat said Thursday that around 333,400 people were...

Study finds Germans increasingly hostile to asylum-seekers

Apr. 25, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A study has found that Germans are increasingly hostile toward asylum-seekers, whereas prejudices toward other minorities such as homeless or gay people have declined. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said Thursday that 54.1% of respondents expressed negative...

Poll: Americans split on college admissions fairness

Apr. 24, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — As a sweeping bribery scandal reignites debate over college admissions, a pair of polls reveal that many Americans think the nation's universities place too much emphasis on factors such as wealth, family ties and athletic ability. The surveys , conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center...

The Latest: Ukraine comedian romping to presidential win

Apr. 22, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local): 3:55 a.m. With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential...

Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

Apr. 21, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead? After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month's Israeli election, it sure seems that way. On the campaign trail, Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood and for the first time, pledged...

Ukraine quiet ahead of presidential election

Apr. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. Saturday was a so-called "day of quiet," on which electioneering is...

Fire-ravaged Notre Dame now stabilized, firefighters leave

Apr. 19, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Architects and construction workers have stabilized the damaged structure of Notre Dame cathedral, four days after a fast-spreading fire ravaged the iconic Paris building, and firefighters were leaving the site Friday night, a fire service official said. The promising development came as Notre...

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

Apr. 18, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats...

Some polls show parents' growing fears of dangers at school

Apr. 17, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

The deadly attack at Columbine High School in 1999 seemed to usher in a new era of school shootings. Two decades later, polls consistently capture growing fears among American parents that their children face imminent danger whenever they go to school. Those fears have only intensified since attacks at an...

AP-NORC Poll: Many want Congress to probe Trump-Russia

Apr. 17, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the nation awaits the release of the special counsel's report Thursday, a new poll finds that many Americans aren't ready to clear President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation. Slightly more Americans want Congress to keep investigating than to set aside its probes after special...