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Council of Europe report slams Croatia on migrant treatment

Dec. 03, 2021 08:47 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Council of Europe’s committee on torture harshly criticized Croatia Friday over reports of “severe ill-treatment” of migrants crossing into the country and urged the country's authorities to take immediate action to stop the practice. ...

Kurdish activists enter grounds of chemical weapons watchdog

Dec. 03, 2021 08:44 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dozens of flag-waving demonstrators from a Kurdish organization broke into the Dutch grounds of the global chemical weapons watchdog Friday to protest what they alleged was the use of chemical weapons by Turkish forces. Police said they...

Bulgaria's Parliament convenes after 3rd election of year

Dec. 03, 2021 07:35 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s new parliament convened Friday for its first session following the country's third parliamentary election of the year. A newly formed anti-corruption party led by two Harvard University graduates emerged as the surprise winner of...

Slovakia in lockdown records new daily record in infections

Dec. 03, 2021 06:51 AM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Coronavirus cases in Slovakia hit a daily record despite the country entering a national lockdown last week, the Health Ministry reported Friday. The ministry said Slovakia confirmed 15,278 new cases on Thursday, almost 5,000 more than the...

A weary pope urges Greek, Turkish Cypriots to heal division

Dec. 02, 2021 13:35 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday urged Greek Cypriots and the breakaway Turkish Cypriots to resume talks on reunifying the Mediterranean island nation, saying threats and shows of force were only prolonging the “terrible laceration” its people have endured for nearly a...

US, EU and allies hit Belarus with coordinated sanctions

Dec. 02, 2021 13:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States, European Union, Britain and Canada slapped simultaneous sanctions Thursday on dozens of officials, organizations and companies in Belarus, with the EU taking aim at those accused of participating in a “hybrid attack” on the bloc using migrants. ...

Ireland: UK-EU deal on Brexit trade spat unlikely this year

Dec. 02, 2021 10:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British and Irish governments expressed optimism Thursday that a thorny spat between the U.K. and the European Union over Northern Ireland trade can be resolved, but Ireland's top diplomat indicated that negotiations were likely to drag on into next year. ...

EU court advisor wants scrapping of Hungary-Poland challenge

Dec. 02, 2021 07:16 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The top adviser to the European Union’s highest court on Thursday said that the principle of linking the bloc’s budget disbursements to respect for rule of law is compatible with the bloc's laws and that a challenge by Hungary and Poland should be dismissed. ...

EU drug regulator starts reviewing new coronavirus vaccine

Dec. 02, 2021 06:12 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union drug regulator said Thursday it has started a rolling review of a new coronavirus vaccine made by French startup Valneva, the first step toward giving the vaccine the green light to be used in the 27-nation EU. Approval...

EU fines 4 banks $390M in foreign exchange trading cartel

Dec. 02, 2021 06:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that it has fined four major banks a combined $390 million for colluding in a foreign exchange spot trading cartel that allowed them to beat inherent risks in currency deals. HSBC received the biggest fine of almost $200...