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___ China hopes for change if Biden wins, but little likely BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders hope Washington will tone down conflicts over trade, technology and secur...

US signs 5G security deal with Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Kosovo

North Macedonia, Kosovo and Bulgaria signed an agreement with the US this Friday on high-speed broadband network security. The "Clean Network" initiative aims to eliminate "long-term t...

Croatia accused of brutality, sexual abuse against migrants

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Danish aid workers stationed in the Balkans say dozens of migrants have alleged they were brutalized by Croatian law-enforcement officers when they tried to cross i...

Polish protesters rally against ruling that limits abortion

Thousands of protesters across Poland took to the streets on Friday to vent their anger after a top court banned almost all grounds for abortion. In the Thursday ruling, the Constitutional Tribunal p...

Veggie burgers are still burgers, EU lawmakers rule

BRUSSELS (AP) — Plant-based products that do not contain meat can continue to be labeled “sausages” or “burgers,” European lawmakers said Friday, when they rejected a proposal back by the meat industr...

Hungary: Thousands march through Budapest demanding academic freedom

Some 10,000 people marched through the Hungarian capital of Budapest on Friday, expressing their frustration at moves by the government to undermine academic freedom, and in particular over the lack o...

AP Explains: Why are UK and EU still arguing over Brexit?

LONDON (AP) — It’s more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and almost a year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson won an election by vowing to “get Brexit done.” ...

Japan, Britain sign free trade deal for post-Brexit era

TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Britain signed a bilateral free trade deal Friday in the the first such major post-Brexit deal, reducing tariffs on Yorkshire lamb sold in Japan, as well as auto parts for Japan...

Japan, Britain ink post-Brexit free trade deal

Japan and Britain on Friday formally signed a bilateral free trade agreement that is set to kick in when the Brexit transition period — and the UK's economic relationship with the European U...

Serb police block right-wing disruption of event with Kosovo

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian riot police on Thursday prevented dozens of right-wing extremists from disrupting a youth cultural event with Kosovo after similar groups in previous weeks broke into t...

EU slaps sanctions on 2 Russians over Germany cyberattack

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Russian officials and part of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency over a cyberattack against the German parliament in 2015...

Russian spymaster says Belarus protests fueled from abroad

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign intelligence chief said Thursday during a visit to Belarus that the 2 1/2 months of protests since the country's presidential election have been fomented from abroad. ...

Opinion: EU's Sakharov Prize for Belarus dissidents sends a strong signal

Belarus dissidents have defied all odds, bravely standing up to a state armed to the teeth and willing to deploy brute force to crush all opposition. The dissidents have refused to let themselves be i...

EU awards human rights prize to Belarus opposition

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for their challenge to President Alexander Lukash...

Leading European lawmaker says the EU has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leading European lawmaker says the EU has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement.