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Spain and Germany arrest 4 people for supplying Hezbollah with parts for drones used against Israel

Jul. 18, 2024 07:34 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Three people were arrested in Spain and one more in Germany on suspicion of belonging to a network that supplied the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah with parts to build kamikaze drones that would have been used in attacks in northern Israel, Spanish authorities said Thursday. ...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faces vote on her bid for second 5-year term

Jul. 18, 2024 07:23 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen pledged to be a strong leader for Europe in a time of crisis and polarization as she made her final leadership pitch in a speech to lawmakers at the European Parliament ahead of a vote Thursday afternoon on whether to grant her a second five-year...

European leaders discuss migration and Ukraine at a UK summit amid worries about Trump

Jul. 18, 2024 06:55 AM EDT

WOODSTOCK, England (AP) — Leaders from across Europe gathered at a grandiose English country mansion on Thursday for a summit clouded by worries about whether the United States would remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump wins a second presidency. Newly elected U.K. Prime Minister...

Greece shuts Acropolis, 2 firefighters killed in Italy as southern Europe swelters in a heat wave

Jul. 18, 2024 04:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave across southern Europe forced authorities in Greece to close the Acropolis Wednesday for several hours and two firefighters died while putting out a fire in the Basilicata region in southern Italy, Italian authorities said. Italy added Palermo,...

Europe's central bank hits pause on rate cuts as inflation takes its sweet time to come down to 2%

Jul. 18, 2024 03:31 AM EDT

Home buyers and businesses waiting for lower interest rates in Europe are going to have to wait a little longer as the European Central Bank takes its time to make sure stubborn inflation is firmly under control before lowering its benchmark rate again. The ECB's stance for now...

Uncertainty is the winner and incumbents the losers so far in a year of high-stakes global elections

Jul. 18, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Discontented, economically squeezed voters have turned against sitting governments on both right and left during many of the dozens of elections held this year, as global power blocs shift and political certainties crumble. From India to South Africa to Britain,...

Jontay Porter, banned from NBA, is denied permission to resume career in Greece

Jul. 17, 2024 15:03 PM EDT

A federal judge has denied a request by former NBA player Jontay Porter to be allowed to resume his basketball career in Greece while he is awaiting sentencing for his role in a betting scandal that got him banned from the league. Porter, in a letter sent by attorney Jeff Jensen on...

German leader to visit Serbia seeking lithium for his country's car industry

Jul. 17, 2024 12:13 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Serbia later this week to discuss a tentative deal with the Balkan country for the controversial excavation of lithium, a critical substance in making batteries for electric vehicles, officials from both states confirmed Wednesday....

The Tennis Hall of Fame is moving its enshrinement ceremonies to August, on the eve of the US Open

Jul. 17, 2024 12:11 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The International Tennis Hall of Fame will move its enshrinement ceremony to August starting next year to better capture the attention of the tennis world on the eve of the U.S. Open. The Newport facility also announced it will host a new combined men’s and...

Belarus broadens visa-free travel for 35 European countries

Jul. 17, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday expanded visa-free travel for residents of 35 European countries, including members of the European Union and the United Kingdom, as part of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko' s efforts to improve relations with the West. ...