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EU leaders tackle inflation, energy shocks from Russia's war

Jun. 24, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A day after endorsing Ukraine's candidacy to join the European Union, the bloc's leaders turned their attention Friday to the severe economic turbulence from Russia’s war in the neighboring country as the conflict's full impact sinks in and the threat of recession rises. ...

Ukraine expects EU-wide support for candidacy to join bloc

Jun. 22, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official overseeing the country’s push to join the European Union said Wednesday that she’s “100%” certain all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine's EU candidacy during a summit this week. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed...

Remains of Congo's first leader are returned from Belgium

Jun. 22, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The remains of Congo's independence leader Patrice Lumumba arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, from Belgium Wednesday and will be taken around the country, a government official said. After leading the struggle for Congo's independence from colonial power...

EXPLAINER: Western Balkans' promised EU future still hazy

Jun. 22, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — European Union leaders will seek to offer support this week to six Western Balkan countries that have long been knocking at the bloc's doors, and now see the war in Ukraine raging not far from their borders amid fears Russia could turn its sights on their region. ...

US defender Reynolds joins Westerlo on loan from Roma

Jun. 22, 2022 06:37 AM EDT

WESTERLO, Belgium (AP) — American defender Bryan Reynolds has been loaned by Roma to Belgian club Westerlo for the 2022-23 season. The newly promoted first-division club announced the arrival of Reynolds on Tuesday. Reynolds, who turns 21 this month, played for...

Belgium takes back mothers and children from Syria

Jun. 21, 2022 07:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's judicial authorities said on Tuesday they have repatriated six women of Belgian citizenship who were held in a Syrian detention camp for foreigners affiliated with Islamic State group extremists, along with 16 children. The federal prosecutor's office said...

Belgium returns Congo independence hero's tooth to family

Jun. 20, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities on Monday returned a gold-capped tooth belonging to the slain Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, as the former colonial power continues to confront its bloody past and look toward reconciliation. The restitution of the relic took place...

Belgian firefighter dies in NYC fire department boat crash

Jun. 18, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A firefighter from Belgium died while riding on a New York City fire department boat that collided with a charter boat, city fire officials said Saturday. The FDNY boat was in the East River when the collision occurred Friday night. A FDNY firefighter and three...

Belgian bishop declines cardinal honor over abuse record

Jun. 17, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — One of Pope Francis’ proposed new cardinals, the retired bishop of Ghent, Belgium, has bowed out of accepting the honor over his own insufficient response to cases of clergy sexual abuse, the Belgian bishops' conference said. Ghent Bishop Luc Van Looy's decision...

European Union executive: Make Ukraine a member candidate

Jun. 17, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Friday recommended making Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, a morale booster and a first step on what is expected to be a long road for the war-torn country to join the 27-nation bloc. If Ukrainians were under any illusion...