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Charlie Colin, founding member of the band Train, dies at 58 after slipping in shower

May. 23, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Charlie Colin, bassist and founding member of the band Train, best known for their early-aughts hits like “Drops of Jupiter" and “Meet Virginia,” has died. He was 58. Colin’s sister Carolyn Stephens confirmed her brother's death to The Associated Press on...

German far-right party bans its top European election candidate from campaigning after Nazi remark

May. 22, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany party on Wednesday banned its top candidate for next month's European election from making any further campaign appearances and said he would resign from the party's board immediately. The public demotion came after...

Police search Brussels office of prominent far-right German lawmaker over China spying allegations

May. 07, 2024 10:13 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities were searching the European Parliament office of a prominent German far-right lawmaker in Brussels on Tuesday, Germany’s top prosecutor’s office said. Maximilian Krah, the Alternative for Germany party’s top candidate in the upcoming European...

Meta under fire from European Union for not doing enough about election disinformation

Apr. 30, 2024 11:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday that it's investigating Facebook and Instagram for suspected violations of the bloc's digital rulebook, including not doing enough to protect users from foreign disinformation ahead of EU-wide elections. The European Commission, the...

'There is no time to waste': EU leaders want to boost competitiveness to close gap with US and China

Apr. 18, 2024 13:41 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday debated a new “European Competitiveness Deal” aimed at helping the 27-nation bloc close the economic production gap with Chinese and American rivals amid fears the region's industries will otherwise be left behind for good. In...

EU leaders vow to impose tougher sanctions against Iran as Ukraine's president pleads for support

Apr. 17, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed on Wednesday to ramp up sanctions against Iran as concern grows that Tehran's unprecedented attack on Israel could fuel a wider war in the Middle East. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy used the summit to remind the leaders that his country still...

EU, Britain and Spain say significant progress made in talks on post-Brexit status of Gibraltar

Apr. 12, 2024 11:26 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — British and Spanish foreign ministers said a new round of talks held Friday over the status of the disputed territory of Gibraltar following Britain’s exit from the European Union were productive and significant progress was made. The meeting was between Spain's...

NATO weighs a plan to provide long-term military help to Ukraine as Russian troops assert control

Apr. 03, 2024 07:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is debating a plan to provide more predictable military support to Ukraine in coming years as better armed Russian troops assert control on the battlefield, the organization’s top civilian official said Wednesday. “We strongly believe that support to...

Spraying manure and throwing beets, farmers in tractors again block Brussels to protest EU policies

Mar. 27, 2024 03:20 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Farmers threw beets, sprayed manure at police and set hay alight on Tuesday as hundreds of tractors again sealed off streets close to the European Union headquarters, where agriculture ministers sought to ease a crisis that has led to months of protests across the 27-member bloc....

France's president pounds a punching bag on camera, and Europe notices

Mar. 21, 2024 19:16 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The teeth clench. The brow furrows. The bicep bulges. In moody black and white, photos of French President Emmanuel Macron pounding a punching bag arched eyebrows across Europe on Thursday after his official photographer posted them to social media in what was widely...