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UK Parliament case opens at Supreme Court as Brexit nears

Sep. 17, 2019 7:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer urged Britain's Supreme Court on Tuesday to rule that Prime Minister Boris Johnson illegally suspended Parliament just weeks before the country is due to leave the European Union for the "improper purpose" of dodging scrutiny of his Brexit plans. The country's highest court is...

EU parliament endorses Lagarde as new central bank head

Sep. 17, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Parliament has endorsed the nomination of Christine Lagarde to serve an eight-year term as the next president of the European Central Bank. The non-binding vote Tuesday in Strasburg, France, was 394 in favor and 206 against, with 49 abstentions. Lagarde, 63, was...

The Latest: European Parliament group: No Brexit progress

Sep. 17, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 10:45 a.m. The leader of the European Parliament's biggest party group says no progress is being made in Brexit talks, around six weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union. The president of the...

Vigilantes in Slovenia patrol borders to keep out migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

RADOVICA, Slovenia (AP) — Blaz Zidar has a mission: patrol along a razor-wire fence on Slovenia's border with Croatia, catch migrants trying to climb over, hand them to police and make sure they are swiftly sent out of the country. The 47-year-old former Slovenian army soldier, dressed in camouflage...

Is Parliament's suspension illegal? UK's top court to decide

Sep. 17, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit battle is heading to the country's top court. The Supreme Court is set to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament on Sept. 9, sending lawmakers home until Oct. 14 — just over two weeks before the U.K. is due to leave the...

Noise but no breakthrough as Johnson, Juncker talk Brexit

Sep. 16, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Boris Johnson was booed by protesters and berated by Luxembourg's leader on a visit to the tiny nation Monday for his first face-to-face talks with the European Union chief about securing an elusive Brexit deal. On a day of commotion and conflicting signals, Johnson pulled out of a news...

Greece: Time for EU to step up and deal with migration issue

Sep. 16, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's migration policy minister says the European Union's Mediterranean states are in a better position to convince other EU partners to help them cope with migrant arrivals. Giorgos Koumoutsakos says the incoming European Commission's priority to forge a new EU migration policy...

The Latest: Johnson says he can see 'shape' of a Brexit deal

Sep. 16, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said after a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that "there is a good chance" of a Brexit deal with the European Union. Johnson says "I can see the shape" of an agreement,...

EU probes Belgian tax deals with multinationals

Sep. 16, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission is investigating tax schemes that Belgium has set up with 39 multinational companies. The commission said Monday the investigations aim to assess whether Belgian rulings issued between 2005 and 2014 gave an unfair advantage to the companies by allowing them to pay...

The Latest: Trump disputes ground rules of meeting with Iran

Sep. 15, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on the tensions in the Persian Gulf a day after Iran-backed Yemeni rebels attacked major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 4 a.m. President Donald Trump appears to be disputing the comments of senior aides, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...