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French senators: Macron security affected by ex-aide's acts

Feb. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French senators say they think President Emmanuel Macron's security has been affected by the conduct and actions of an ex-aide at the center of a political scandal. A Senate commission released a report Wednesday about the former security aide, Alexandre Benalla, criticizing "excessive powers...

The Latest: UK asks EU to re-do Brexit border compromise

Feb. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Brexit, Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Britain's foreign secretary says London needs a change "of legal significance" to the wording of arrangements meant to ensure that the U.K.-Ireland border stays open after Brexit, but...

The Latest: Spain diocese establishes clergy sex abuse panel

Feb. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local): 5:05 p.m. A Roman Catholic diocese in northwest Spain has become the country's first to establish a panel to protect and support local victims of clergy sex abuse. Bishop of Astorga Juan Antonio...

Germany: No former SS getting pensions in Belgium

Feb. 20, 2019 11:10 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say no former Nazi SS soldiers are receiving disability pensions in Belgium, responding to concerns raised by lawmakers there. The Labor Ministry said Wednesday that 18 people in Belgium are receiving war disability pensions but "there are no former members of the Waffen...

Lithuania detains 26, including judges, in corruption probe

Feb. 20, 2019 11:05 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian official says 26 people, including eight judges in different courts, have been detained in a corruption probe, suspected of "large-scale bribery, trading in influence and abuse of powers in the court system." Zydrunas Bartkus, head of Lithuania's anti-corruption...

Croatian court detains sister after body found in freezer

Feb. 20, 2019 10:39 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court on Wednesday ordered one month's detention for a woman suspected of killing her younger sister, whose body was found in a freezer more than 18 years after she went missing. The news came as hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday for the missing woman,...

French court hits Swiss bank UBS with $5.1 billion penalty

Feb. 20, 2019 10:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French court ordered Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, to pay 4.5 billion euros ($5.1 billion) in fines and damages for helping wealthy French clients evade tax authorities, wrapping up one of France's biggest-ever tax evasion trials. The Paris court convicted Zurich-based UBS AG on Wednesday...

UK regulator casts doubt on Sainsbury's-Asda merger

Feb. 20, 2019 10:25 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British regulators say the proposed supermarkets merger between Sainsbury's and Walmart's Asda unit would push up prices and reduce quality for shoppers, casting doubt on a deal that would create the country's biggest grocery chain. It also serves as yet another regulatory blow to Walmart at...

UK politics fractures further as 3 Conservatives defect

Feb. 20, 2019 10:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Brexit-driven cracks in Britain's political party system yawned wider Wednesday, as three pro-European lawmakers quit the ruling Conservatives to join a new centrist group of independents. All the lawmakers are opposed to the Conservative government's determination to take Britain out of the...

The Latest: Russia releases video of new underwater drone

Feb. 20, 2019 10:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Putin's state-of-the-nation speech (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The Russian Defense Ministry has released a video showing a test of a new nuclear-powered underwater drone. The brief video showing the Poseidon's test launch was released Wednesday shortly after President Vladimir...