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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar speaks with the media as he arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. European Union leaders are gathering Friday to discuss Britain's departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured an election majority that should allow him to push the Brexit deal through parliament. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Irish prime minister seeks new mandate in February election

Jan. 14, 2020 10:39 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Leo Varadkar sought a fresh mandate to govern Ireland on Tuesday, arguing he's the best person to represent Irish interests in the next phase of Brexit negotiations between the European Union and Britain. The leader of the Fine Gael Party formally asked President Michael...

Head of ex-leaders: US killing made Mideast more `volatile'

Jan. 13, 2020 9:21 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Irish president Mary Robinson, who heads the group of prominent former leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, says the U.S. assassination of Iran’s top general has made the Middle East more “volatile” and “unstable.” She said in a recent interview...

Arlene Foster of the DUP leads her party into the chamber at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Saturday Jan. 11, 2020. Legislators returned to Northern Ireland’s assembly Saturday for the first time in three years, after a deal was struck to restore the divided region’s mothballed power-sharing government. (Michael Cooper/PA via AP)

After 3 years of acrimony, N Ireland has a government again

Jan. 11, 2020 1:07 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Legislators returned to Northern Ireland’s assembly Saturday for the first time in three years after a deal was struck to restore the divided region’s mothballed power-sharing government. Lawmakers gathered at Parliament Buildings in Belfast and chose a new executive, led by the...

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, left, speaks with Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. European Union foreign ministers are debating how to respond to a controversial deal between Turkey and Libya that could give Ankara access to a contested economic zone across the Mediterranean Sea. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

UK, Ireland push for resumption of suspended N Ireland govt

Jan. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain and Ireland say they have struck a deal to restore the Northern Ireland government, exactly three years after it collapsed amid a feud between the main Catholic and Protestant power-sharing parties. The British and Irish governments said Thursday they had submitted a draft proposal to...

FILE In this file photo dated Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street for the State Opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.  Charismatic Prime Minister Johnson’s larger-than-expected margin of victory in the December general election may give him a chance to consolidate power during the coming 2020 year. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

Uncharted Brexit waters: UK's Boris Johnson faces 2020 tests

Jan. 3, 2020 4:42 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — After a remarkable political turnaround, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is on the verge of taking Britain out of the European Union with the enthusiastic support of a strong majority in Parliament. After suffering a string of parliamentary defeats over Brexit — plus the ignominy of being...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves after addressing the media outside 10 Downing Street in London, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. Johnson's Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Johnson's win may deliver Brexit but could risk UK's breakup

Dec. 14, 2019 11:50 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfill his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the United...