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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, Britain's Union flag is removed from outside of the European Parliament in Brussels.  The bloc has been preoccupied for almost four years with Brexit, but now that Britain has left the bloc, the EU hopes to find more time to fix its own problems. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, File)

UK to EU: we won't accept supervision in post-Brexit deal

Feb. 17, 2020 2:29 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain's chief negotiator on Monday set out a clashing course in trade talks with the European Union, saying the 27-nation bloc has totally missed the point of Brexit if it thinks it will retain some supervision over U.K. actions. The EU has said it wants the best possible trade...

FILE - In this March 1, 2012 file photo, former President Bill Clinton shakes hands with Owen Bieber, left, with United Auto Workers union (UAW), at the 2012 UAW National Community†Action Program Conference, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Washington.  Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Former UAW President Owen Bieber dies aged 90

Feb. 17, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Owen Bieber, who led the United Auto Workers union from the auto industry's dark days of the early 1980s to the prosperity of the mid-1990s, has died. He was 90. Neither as charismatic as his predecessor, Douglas Fraser, nor as confrontational as his successor, Stephen Yokich, the low-key Bieber had an easygoing...

FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, a TGV high-speed train at the Saint-Charles train station, in Marseille, southern France. French train maker Alstom said Monday Feb. 17, 2020, that it is in talks to possibly take over the train business of Bombardier, the Canadian aerospace and engineering company. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, file)

French TGV maker Alstom in talks to buy Bombardier rail unit

Feb. 17, 2020 1:33 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French train maker Alstom has announced an multibillion-euro offer to buy the rail business of Canadian engineering firm Bombardier, as it tries to bulk up to compete with big rivals, particularly from China. Alstom, which makes the French TGV high-speed trains, said in a statement Monday it...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2017, file photo, smoke rises from the Arkema Inc. owned chemical plant in Crosby, near Houston, Texas. In February 2020, the Pennsylvania-based company, which is a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, and three of its executives are set to stand trial in Houston in a case that legal experts say will be a challenge for prosecutors to win. (KTRK via AP, File)

Trial to begin over Arkema chemical plant fire during Harvey

Feb. 17, 2020 1:25 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in 2017 overwhelmed power systems at Arkema Inc.’s chemical plant in suburban Houston, eventually causing organic peroxides made at the facility to catch fire and explode, sending noxious black smoke into the air. The blaze forced the...

Pier 1 files for bankruptcy protection amid online challenge

Feb. 17, 2020 1:15 PM EST

Home goods retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. said Monday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company, which was founded in 1962, has been struggling with increased competition from budget-friendly online retailers such as Wayfair. Pier 1 said it will pursue a sale, with a March 23...

Study: Cyprus peace deal would see economy, incomes grow

Feb. 17, 2020 1:05 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A so-far elusive deal to reunite Cyprus would mean more money in pockets on both sides of the ethnically divided island, a World Bank and U.N.-funded report said Monday. Presenting the study's results, authors Enrique Aldaz-Carroll and Reena Badiani-Magnusson said a peace accord...

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama arrives for an EU-Western Balkans meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Over 1 billion euros pledged for Albania quake rebuilding

Feb. 17, 2020 12:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors have committed over a billlion euros in relief for Albania in the wake of last year's earthquake. The European Union led the pledging of aid at a special conference gathering funds to rebuild anything from homes and businesses to hospitals which were destroyed in the...

The Paris subway is pictured during a minimal strike, in Paris, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Emmanuel Macron's divisive reform on pensions is making its way to be debated by lawmakers at the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, on Monday in a process that could take months. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

French pension reform embarks on heated debate in parliament

Feb. 17, 2020 12:47 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers on Monday started debating President Emmanuel Macron's divisive plan to overhaul the pensions system, expected to be a several-month-long, fierce parliamentary debate. The final vote, after the legislative process through the National Assembly and the Senate, is not expected...

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, center, speaks during a media conference after a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is on a one day visit to Brussels to meet with leaders of the EU and NATO. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

US House speaker Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei

Feb. 17, 2020 12:35 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — No NATO ally should succumb to the temptation of letting Chinese tech giant Huawei into their next-generation cellular networks, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday at Allied headquarters, turning U.S. opposition to Huawei into a bipartisan effort. Pelosi said the invasion of...

Spokesman: Texas refinery fire under control, no injuries

Feb. 17, 2020 12:28 PM EST

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A fire that started Monday morning at a Citgo refinery in a South Texas city is under control and air-quality monitoring suggests it is safe for residents to leave their homes, a city official said. The fire started when a line that burns natural gas ruptured in Corpus Christi,...