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European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, July 10, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel presented updated proposals for the EU's long-term budget and post-coronavirus recovery plan ahead of a summit next week in Brussels where heads of state and government leaders will try to agree on a compromise. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU Council head tries to win over 'Frugal Four' on budget

Jul. 10, 2020 10:57 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With pressure mounting to reach an agreement on a post-coronavirus economic recovery plan, the president of the European Council on Friday tried to win over the so-called group of “Frugal Four" member countries with new proposals. Charles Michel’s latest offers keep the size...

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Thursday, June 18, 2020. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada predicts historic deficit due to pandemic spending

Jul. 8, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

OTTAWA (AP) — The Canadian government is predicting a historic CDN$343 billion (US$254 billion) deficit for 2020-21 resulting from its economic and stimulus plans to battle COVID-19. The amount, included in a fiscal “snapshot” the Liberal government released Wednesday, is a huge jump from the...

In this undated photo provided by Southern Utah Athletics, Ghita Nassik hits the ball during tennis practice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Southern Utah announced June 23, 2020, it was eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis programs effective immediately due to budget cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Joey DeGraaf/Southern Utah Athletics  via AP)

As schools ponder cutting sports, tennis proves vulnerable

Jul. 6, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The promise of college tennis lured Abhimanyu Vannemreddy from his home in India to the United States, where he settled in at Winthrop in South Carolina. Now he’s pondering his future thousands of miles away from his family as financial reality crashes down on his sport. Winthrop announced last month that...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda, center, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, second right, are taking a family photo with Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic, right, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, left and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, second left, at the start of a Visegrad Group summit in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, July 3, 2020, as Poland takes the rotating presidency of the regional cooperation group.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland wants generous EU budget for Central Europe

Jul. 3, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda said Friday that the European Union’s budget for the next seven years should be generous for Central European nations, which aim to help drive the economic recovery from the coronavirus recession. Duda spoke to open a summit of prime ministers of...

In this Friday, June 26, 2020 photo, U.S. District Judge Laurie Michelson, left, administers the Aath of Citizenship to Hala Baqtar during a drive-thru naturalization service in a parking structure at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters on Detroit's east side. The ceremony is a way to continue working as the federal courthouse is shut down due to Coronavirus. The U.S. has resumed swearing in new citizens but the oath ceremonies aren't the same because of COVID-19 and a budget crisis at the citizenship agency threatens to stall them again.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Drive-up US citizenship eases backlog, but new threat looms

Jun. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A 60-year-old U.K. citizen drove into a Detroit parking garage on a recent afternoon, lowered the window of her SUV to swear an oath, and left as a newly minted American. It took less than 30 minutes. Anita Rosenberger is among thousands of people around the country who have taken the...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 19, 2020 after video meeting with the members of the European Council. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

Germany takes EU hot seat with big challenges, expectations

Jun. 30, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the European Union’s biggest economic power, is taking over the rotating presidency of the 27-nation bloc amid massive challenges and huge expectations as the continent grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Berlin's six months in the EU hot seat will likely...

FILE  - In this Friday, May 29, 2020 file photo, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaks during a news conference in Copenhagen. Frederiksen is postponing her wedding next month because of a European Union summit on the future of the bloc’s budget.  (Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix via AP, File)

Danish PM postpones wedding because of EU summit

Jun. 26, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is postponing her wedding next month because of a European Union summit on the future of the bloc’s budget. “The Council meeting in Brussels takes place on the Saturday in July, where we had planned a wedding. Darn....

About two dozen House Republican lawmakers stand on the Louisiana Capitol steps in support of a petition that would end the state of emergency over COVID-19, on Wednesday, June 25, 2020, in Baton Rouge, La. The lawmakers have restarted a petition effort that failed to gain enough signatures earlier in the year, hoping to end the state of emergency declared by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

The Latest: Mayo Clinic to end pay cuts, recall workers

Jun. 25, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic is ending pay cuts that the Minnesota-based health system imposed to deal with a patient downturn caused by the novel coronavirus. The Star Tribune reports Mayo plans to restore pay and return furloughed workers this summer. In April, Mayo announced plans to cut pay to...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo Olympic Rings and a model of Misha the Bear Cub, the mascot of the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, left, are seen in the yard of Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow, Russia. A U.S. government study concludes that Americans do not get their money’s worth out of the $2.7 million that Congress sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency this year. The report from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy concludes that the U.S. is under-represented on WADA’s key policymaking committees. It says WADA has not moved quickly or far enough to reform itself in the wake of the Russian doping scandal.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)

Study says US doesn't get value from WADA contribution

Jun. 24, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

A U.S. government study concludes Americans don't get their money's worth out of the $2.7 million that Congress provided the World Anti-Doping Agency this year and suggests future funding be contingent on changes in the drug-fighting agency's policies. The 19-page report by the White House Office of National Drug...

FILE — In this May 20, 2020 file photo, people affected by the coronavirus economic downturn line up to receive food parcels in Pretoria, South Africa, South Africa's economy is expected to decline by 7.2% this year, its worst performance in 90 years, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on sub-Saharan Africa's most developed country. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe/File)

South Africa's economy to see worst performance in 90 years

Jun. 24, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's economy is expected to decline by 7.2% this year, its worst performance in nearly 90 years, as the coronavirus pandemic takes a toll on sub-Saharan Africa’s most developed country. This was revealed in an emergency budget delivered by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni...