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EU seeks to streamline cross-border travel during pandemic

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is seeking to streamline the sometimes chaotic travel between its member states during the pandemic by relying more clearly on a person's vaccine or infection statu...

19-year-old woman sets record for solo global flight

BRUSSELS (AP) — Home! And no longer alone. The 19-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford set a world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, touching her ...

Malta legislator becomes 3rd female EU Parliament president

BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberta Metsola, a Christian Democrat from Malta, was elected president of the European Union’s parliament Tuesday, putting women in three of the four biggest jobs in the 27-nation blo...

Typhoons, wildfires, missiles: Teen flies solo round world

BRUSSELS (AP) — Avoid typhoon in the Philippines. Check. Steer clear of massive California wildfires. Check. Keep away from test missiles in North Korea. What? Wait...

EU rejects merger of SKorean shipbuilders Daewoo, Hyundai

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday rejected the merger between South Korean shipbuilders Hyundai and Daewoo, saying a union between two of the world’s biggest players in the industry would...

European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at age 65

BRUSSELS (AP) — David Sassoli, the Italian journalist who worked his way up in politics while defending the downtrodden and repressed to become president of the European Union’s parliament, died at a ...

EU auditors: Rule of law aid for W Balkans doesn't pay off

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors say that the hundreds of millions of euros the bloc has poured into six Western Balkan nations to improve the rule of law there just doesn’t pay off. ...

Near-empty flights crisscross Europe to secure landing slots

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's sky is filling up with near-empty polluting planes that serve little other purpose than safeguarding airlines' valuable time slots at some of the world's most important airpor...

EU wants place at table to discuss Ukraine, Russia crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief insisted on Wednesday that the 27-nation bloc must have a bigger role to play alongside Washington and Moscow to defuse the West's standoff wi...

Tattoo artist anger over new EU rules goes beyond skin deep

BRUSSELS (AP) — Tattoo parlors say their art will lose a lot of its vibrancy after European Union rules banning thousands of chemicals in their coloring ink kick in on Wednesday. The 27-nation bloc an...

Belgium reverses COVID cultural rules: The show must go on!

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium reversed some of its COVID-19 restrictions Wednesday, allowing for the reopening of cinemas, theaters and concert halls. The move was a victory for the cultu...

Omicron spreads global gloom over New Year's celebrations

BRUSSELS (AP) — As omicron spreads ever more gloom around the globe ahead of New Year's Eve, governments are moving at different speeds to contain the scourge, with some reimposing restrictions immedi...

Belgium commits to phasing out existing nuclear power plants

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government tentatively committed itself Thursday to phasing out the country's existing nuclear power plants by 2025 while using gas as a bridge toward sustainable energy so...

Belgium to tighten COVID rules to counter rise of omicron

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium will further tighten coronavirus restrictions because of the surging omicron variant, authorities announced Wednesday, but the country shied away from a full lockdown like in t...

Despite Christmas truce, EU, UK still fight over Brexit deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — One year after the Brexit trade deal was supposed to end acrimony between the European Union and the departed United Kingdom, both sides showed Friday that theirs is still a relationsh...