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NYC bike path killer convicted, could face the death penalty

Jan. 26, 2023 19:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An Islamic extremist who killed eight people with a speeding truck in a 2017 rampage on a popular New York City bike path was convicted Thursday of federal crimes and could face the death penalty. Sayfullo Saipov bowed his head as he heard the verdict in a Manhattan...

Spain drops sedition charge against former Catalan leader

Jan. 12, 2023 07:28 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has dropped sedition charges against former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont for his role in the region’s illegal secession push in 2017 that brought Spain’s most serious political crisis for decades. Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena took the...

Iran sentences Belgian aid worker to prison, lashes

Jan. 10, 2023 21:13 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has sentenced a Belgian aid worker to a lengthy prison term and 74 lashes after convicting him of espionage in a closed-door trial, state media reported Tuesday. The website of Iran’s judiciary said a Revolutionary Court sentenced...

Victims from Belgium describe NYC bike path attack at trial

Jan. 10, 2023 19:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Belgium women, one who lost her legs and another whose sister died, were among several witnesses who gave dramatic and sometimes emotional testimony Tuesday at the trial of a man facing terrorism charges for killing eight people and seriously injuring a dozen others in an...

Despite record cocaine seizures, drug cartels roil Europe

Jan. 10, 2023 12:49 PM EST

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Each tiny plastic package was barely the size of a fingernail and weighed all of 0.2 grams. Still, the bags of white powder police seized in a Brussels cellar were yet another indication that a surge in cocaine and crack supply is hitting Europe hard. And,...

Goffin beats big-serving Bublik in Auckland

Jan. 08, 2023 22:47 PM EST

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Belgium’s David Goffin has ousted fifth-seeded Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the ASB Tennis Classic in a match which produced an engrossing clash of styles. Goffin, a baseliner who won his seventh ATP singles title last...

Bosnian ski resorts suffer as Europe sees record warm winter

Jan. 04, 2023 13:32 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) — The new year's festivities are over in Bosnia, and visitors to the country's winter resorts are packing to go home. Spring-like temperatures have left little or no snow on the mountains, and it's unclear when the next visitors will arrive. The small Balkan...

Amazon may breach trademark rights over fake Louboutin ads

Dec. 22, 2022 07:17 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Online retail giant Amazon could be held responsible for breaching luxury shoemaker Christian Louboutin's trademark rights over the sale of counterfeit red soled high-heeled shoes on its platform, the European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday. Third-party sellers...

Rights body urges Belgium to better assist asylum-seekers

Dec. 21, 2022 06:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe’s top human rights body is urging Belgian authorities to provide better assistance to asylum-seekers after hundreds of people slept on Brussels streets in freezing temperature in recent weeks. The Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, Dunja...

Italian court seeks data on Belgian prisons, in EU scandal

Dec. 20, 2022 11:31 AM EST

BRESCIA, Italy (AP) — An Italian court said Tuesday that it will seek information on prison conditions in Belgium before ruling on whether to turn over a woman for possible trial in Brussels in an influence-peddling scandal that has rocked the European Parliament. Silvia Panzeri, a...