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UK Tories warned not to crown Boris Johnson without a fight

Jun. 16, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Candidates seeking to beat favorite Boris Johnson and become Britain's next prime minister warned Sunday that the Conservative Party needs a real leadership contest, not just a coronation for the flamboyant front-runner. Johnson, a former foreign secretary who has run a deliberately...

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro

Jun. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's...

Turkey slams southern EU nations on drilling bid off Cyprus

Jun. 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Saturday criticized southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a declaration issued by the...

Moldova's new PM vows to boost EU ties, bring justice

Jun. 15, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's new prime minister vowed Saturday to advance relations with the European Union and bring to justice all those responsible for abuse of power, including the most powerful oligarch in the ex-Soviet republic. Maia Sandu spoke after the first formal meeting of her coalition...

Zuzana Caputova inaugurated as 1st Slovak female president

Jun. 15, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia. Caputova took the oath of office at a special session of Parliament, becoming Slovakia's fifth president since it gained independence after the split of...

Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican

Jun. 14, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations. The companies, including ExxonMobil,...

Southern EU leaders seek united policy front at meeting

Jun. 14, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leaders of southern European nations gathered in Malta on Friday to build a united front on key economic and political issues before next week's European Council meeting. Key European Union jobs, migration issues and climate change were at the top of the agenda in Valletta, where the...

UN: Bosnia moves migrants to area infested with land mines

Jun. 14, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The U.N. office in Bosnia said Friday that authorities in the country have transferred 282 migrants who were squatting illegally in the northwestern town of Bihac to a tent camp near an area infested with land mines left over from a 1990s war. U.N. officials said in...

UN court rejects UAE request in Qatar dispute

Jun. 14, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The highest U.N. court on Friday rejected a request by the United Arab Emirates for interim measures to be imposed on Qatar in a racial discrimination dispute. The case centers on the boycott of Qatar by Bahrain, Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which were angry at Qatar's...

Serb leader urges Trump to bring Kosovo back to negotiating

Jun. 14, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's leader hailed Donald Trump's unorthodox ways of dealing with political problems, urging the U.S. president on Friday to put pressure on Kosovo to return to negotiations amid a months-long deadlock in the talks between the wartime foes. European Union-mediated status talks...