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The Latest | US and UK announce new sanctions on Iran as EU leaders promise more

Apr. 18, 2024 16:47 PM EDT

Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s unprecedented weekend attack, leaving the region bracing for further escalation after months of fighting in Gaza. Israel’s allies have been urging Israel to hold back on any response to the attack that could spiral. The U.S. and Britain...

'There is no time to waste': EU leaders want to boost competitiveness to close gap with US and China

Apr. 18, 2024 13:41 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday debated a new “European Competitiveness Deal” aimed at helping the 27-nation bloc close the economic production gap with Chinese and American rivals amid fears the region's industries will otherwise be left behind for good. In...

EU proposes youth mobility agreement with UK to help youngsters travel, work and live in both areas

Apr. 18, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission proposed Thursday to start negotiations with the United Kingdom to allow young people to move freely, work and study in both regions after Brexit — the U.K.'s departure from the EU four years ago. According to the EU, the withdrawal of the...

NATO and the EU urge G7 nations to step up air defense for Ukraine and expand Iran sanctions

Apr. 18, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

CAPRI, Italy (AP) — Top NATO and European Union officials urged foreign ministers from leading industrialized nations on Thursday to take quick, concrete steps to provide more air defense systems and artillery to Ukraine, warning that continued delays could tilt the war in Moscow’s favor. ...

Croatia's conservatives believe they'll soon form a majority government despite inconclusive vote

Apr. 18, 2024 10:14 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia ’s ruling conservatives said Thursday that talks have already started about the formation of a new governing majority the day after a highly contested parliamentary election that saw a far-right party emerge as a potential kingmaker. Prime Minister...

Belgian and Czech leaders exhort the EU to react amid concern over Russian election interference

Apr. 18, 2024 07:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Belgium and the Czech Republic are warning their European Union partners to take urgent action to prevent Russian interference in June’s Europe-wide elections, after the two countries’ intelligence services uncovered evidence of attempts to bribe EU lawmakers. ...

Frustrated farmers are rebelling against EU rules. The far right is stoking the flames

Apr. 18, 2024 05:41 AM EDT

ANDEREN, Netherlands (AP) — Inside the barn on the flat fields of the northern Netherlands, Jos Ubels cradles a newborn Blonde d'Aquitaine calf, the latest addition to his herd of over 300 dairy cattle. Little could be more idyllic. Little, says Ubels, could be...

Europe wants 2 things from China. It may not get far on either of them.

Apr. 18, 2024 03:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Europe wants two things from China: First, a shift in its relatively pro-Russia position on the war in Ukraine. Second, a reduction in the trade imbalance — Chinese goods exports to the EU exceeded its imports from the 27-nation bloc by 291 billion euros ($310 billion) last year....

Croatia's ruling conservatives win parliamentary vote, but cannot rule alone

Apr. 18, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia 's governing conservatives convincingly won a highly contested parliamentary election Wednesday, but will still need support from far-right groups to stay in power, according to the official vote count. The election followed a campaign that centered...

Georgia's parliament votes to approve so-called 'Russian law' targeting media in first reading

Apr. 17, 2024 21:04 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgia's parliament has voted in the first reading to approve a proposed law that would require media and non-commercial organizations to register as being under foreign influence if they receive more than 20% of their funding from abroad. Thousands...