Slovakia rejects bill requiring ultrasound before abortion

LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers in Slovakia have rejected a proposed bill that would have made it obligatory for women seeking abortions to first have an ultrasound and obtain the consent of the father before...

Portugal resists US appeal to bar Huawei from 5G network bid

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Senior Portuguese officials have told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo they won’t exclude Chinese companies from competing in a planned public tender for the country’s next-...

Farage’s Brexit Party suffers blow as 4 representatives quit

LONDON (AP) — Four elected officials from Britain’s Brexit Party are quitting and backing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. The quartet accuses party leader Nigel Farage ...

Russia expels Bulgarian diplomat in retaliatory move

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Russia has expelled a Bulgarian diplomat in retaliation for the expulsion of one of its own diplomats from Bulgaria. Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said Thursday ...

UK election is full of dirty tricks and political clicks

LONDON (AP) — Britain is proving a lawless landscape for political mudslingers mining cyberspace for votes in an election that could determine the U.K.'s future relationship with the European Union. ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 4 The Los Angles Times on Rep. Duncan Hunter pleading guilty to misusing...

Business Highlights

___ OPEC nations grapple with oversupply of oil The world may be heading for an even greater oversupply of oil, and that possibility is hanging over members of the ...

US feels the heat as Trump pulls out of global climate pact

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is aiming to make the annual U.N.-sponsored climate talks underway in Madrid the last ones for full participation by the United States, which is the world's No...

A brief look at the NATO summit declaration

Watford, England (AP) — NATO leaders played down their differences on Wednesday, issuing a communique after a short summit near London underlining their commitment to defend each other in times of tro...

Czech leader to face fraud charges after decision overturned

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s prime minister is facing fraud charges after the country’s chief prosecutor overturned a previous decision to drop the case. Pavel Zeman announced ...

North Macedonia: Businessman sentenced in extortion scandal

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A court in North Macedonia has sentenced a local businessman to three years in prison over an extortion scandal involving a former special prosecutor who is also being c...

The Latest: Pope: Climate change challenges civilization

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. Climate Talks in Madrid (all times local): 12:45 Pope Francis is questioning if there’s the “far-sighted” political will to dea...

Developments in Malta’s slain journalist investigation

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The car bomb assassination of a leading investigative journalist in Malta in 2017 has put the small Mediterranean island nation and European Union member state in the internatio...

European Union warns it could miss climate targets for 2030

MADRID (AP) — The European Union says it will miss its targets for reducing planet-warming greenhouse gases by 2030 unless member states make a greater effort than they have so far. ...

Forever war: US and China struggle to defuse trade conflict

Businesses and investors have been nervously monitoring U.S.-China trade talks for months, hoping the world’s two biggest economies can de-escalate their trade war and restore some predictabilit...