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US reports 1st case of omicron variant in returning traveler

The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the wo...

US reports 1st case of omicron variant in returning traveler

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists arou...

EU chief calls for debate on making COVID-19 jabs mandatory

BRUSSELS (AP) — The chief of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday that EU nations should consider making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory because too many people still refuse to get shots ...

EU unveils 'Global Gateway' €300 billion global infrastructure plan

The European Commission on Wednesday announced an international infrastructure plan called "Global Gateway," which aims to mobilize €300 billion ($340 billion) in public and private inf...

EU set to unveil massive worldwide infrastructure plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday is set to unveil a multibillion-euro plan aimed at bolstering the 27-nation bloc’s worldwide infrastructure and influence. The program...

Wary, weary world slams doors shut, fearing omicron variant

BRUSSELS (AP) — Taking an act-now-ask-questions-later approach, countries around the world slammed their doors shut again to try to keep the new omicron variant at bay Monday as more cases of the muta...

Asia-Europe summit: Is the EU gaining more ground in the Indo-Pacific?

European leaders are renewing calls to strengthen diplomatic relations with Indo-Pacific countries amid geopolitical challenges posed by China and changes to trans-Atlantic relations brought on during...

New omicron variant stokes world fears, triggers travel bans

BRUSSELS (AP) — The discovery of a new coronavirus variant sent a chill through much of the world Friday as nations raced to halt air travel, markets fell sharply and scientists held emergency meeting...

EU eases its controls on COVID-19 vaccine exports

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said on Friday that it will ease its restrictions on exporting COVID-19 vaccines. The Commission, the EU's executive arm, said that as of January i...

Campaigners slam EU countries for slow vaccine sharing as variant sparks panic

A new coronavirus variant is sparking panic around the world. Europe is once again battening down under a patchwork of rules, flight bans and vaccine rollout plans. For campaigners who have spent th...

Bus crashes, catches fire in Bulgaria; at least 45 dead

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A bus carrying tourists back to North Macedonia crashed and caught fire in western Bulgaria early Tuesday, killing at least 45 people, including a dozen children, authorities sa...

Belarus: EU to target firms trafficking migrants with 'blacklist'

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen said the EU would create a watchlist to deter intermediaries from transporting migrants to Belarus. Speaking at the European Parliament, von der Leyen sa...

'Merkelites' force EU to scuttle trade upgrade with Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The European Union (EU) has decided to postpone a plan to upgrade trade relations with Taiwan, with some blaming "Merkelites" within the governing body for sabot...

US, France discuss Russian military activity in Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian about "concerning" Russian military activity taking place "in and near Ukraine," the US S...

The Latest: EU executive says COP26 agreement a good start

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The latest on the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow: BRUSSELS — The head of the European Union’s executive arm says Saturday’s agreement at the U.N. climate co...