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  • leader Nov 3, 2019

    UK's Boris Johnson Apologizes for Missing Brexit Deadline

    Britain’s election campaign heated up Sunday even before it officially started, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying he would apologize to Conservatives for failing to take the U.K. out of the European Union by Oct. 31 and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage saying he won’t personally run for a seat in Parliament. Johnson’s promise to have Britain leave the bloc...

  • Chief Oct 3, 2019

    Boris Johnson Presents New Brexit Plan To UK Parliament

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sought Thursday to build a coalition in the House of Commons to support his fresh Brexit approach _ even as European leaders offered a guarded welcome to the measure. Johnson pitched his message to lawmakers whose constituencies voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum. The prime minister argued that changes to proposed...

  • European Union Jun 7, 2019

    UK's Brexit Party Narrowly Defeated in Key Electoral Test

    Britain’s upstart Brexit Party failed in its first attempt to win a seat in Parliament, narrowly losing early Friday to the left-of-center Labour Party in a special election. Labour candidate Lisa Forbes won the Peterborough constituency in eastern England by 683 votes over the Brexit Party’s Mike Greene. Forbes said the Brexit Party’s defeat “shows that the politics of division...

  • head May 27, 2019

    Europe at Crossroads as Far Right Makes Big Gains in Vote

    Europeans woke Monday to a new political reality after European Parliament elections ended the domination of the EU’s main center-right and center-left parties and revealed a changed political landscape where the far-right, pro-business groups and environmentalists will be forces to be reckoned with. Turning out in numbers not seen for 20 years, voters took their concerns about immigration and security...

  • head May 27, 2019

    The Right and the Greens Gain Ground in European Elections

    Europe’s longtime political center appeared to shrink Sunday as exit polls and early results from the hardest-fought European Parliament elections in decades showed both the anti-immigrant far right and the pro-environment Greens gaining ground. The four days of balloting across the 28 European Union countries were seen as a test of the influence of the nationalist, populist and hard-right movements...

  • Europe May 5, 2019

    Pope Urges Migrant-Skeptic Bulgarians to Open Hearts, Homes

    Pope Francis urged Bulgarians on Sunday to open their hearts and homes to migrants, arguing that a country like Bulgaria, which is losing so much of its population to emigration, should well understand the forces that drive people to seek better lives elsewhere. As he arrived in the Balkan nation for a two-day visit, Francis “respectfully suggested” that Bulgarians recognize...

  • European Union Apr 6, 2019

    What Next? Some Scenarios for UK as Brexit Crisis Unfolds

    Crunch time is coming for British politicians and European Union leaders, who are scrambling to find a way to way to make Brexit work. Britain is set to leave the EU on April 12 without an agreement in place unless a plan is reached or a further extension is granted. British politicians are deeply divided over a solution and EU...

  • leader Apr 2, 2019

    UK Parliament Rejects Alternatives to May's Brexit Deal

    Lawmakers seeking a way out of the country’s Brexit morass on Monday rejected four alternatives to the government’s unpopular European Union divorce deal that would have softened or even halted Britain’s departure. With just 12 days until the U.K. must come up with a new plan or crash out of the bloc in chaos, the House of Commons threw out...

  • Twitter Apr 1, 2019

    'You Are a Bastard': Jim Carrey's Picture of Mussolini's Demise Sparks Twitter Tirade From Dictator's Granddaughter

    Jim Carrey: comedian, actor, artist, and — in the eyes of Benito Mussolini’s granddaughter — “bastard.” The rubber-faced comic famous for low-brow fare like “Dumb and Dumber” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” as well as critically-acclaimed movies like “Man on the Moon,” found himself on the receiving end of a Twitter tirade from Alessandra Mussolini. Why? Carrey posted his drawing...

  • Europe Apr 1, 2019

    Dead Pregnant Whale Had 48 Lbs of Plastic in Its Belly

    An 8-meter (26-foot) sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of plastic in its belly, prompting the World Wildlife Foundation to sound an alarm Monday over the dangers of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. The environmental group said the garbage recovered from the sperm whale’s stomach included a corrugated tube for electrical works, plastic...

  • leader Mar 31, 2019

    Brexit Creates Power Vacuum at Heart of Britain's Government

    Britain’s Parliament is deadlocked over plans to leave the European Union. The country’s ruling Conservative Party is fractured by an undeclared leadership contest. Opposition parties are baying for an early general election. A power vacuum has paralyzed the heart of Britain’s government, dismaying both the European Union and the British public. In the next two weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa...

  • leader Mar 31, 2019

    Britain Faces Calls for Unity Govt Amid Brexit Impasse

    The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House of Commons rebuffed the prime...

  • leader Mar 31, 2019

    Britain Faces Calls for Unity Govt Amid Brexit Impasse

    The U.K. may be forced to create a national unity government to end the impasse over Britain leaving the European Union, as Prime Minister Theresa May clings to the Brexit divorce agreement that Parliament has rejected three times, a senior Conservative suggested Saturday. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after the House of Commons rebuffed the prime...

  • Europe Mar 30, 2019

    May Explores Idea of Bringing Brexit Deal Back for 4th Vote

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be dead after all — even though lawmakers voted to reject it for a third time Friday — the day Britain had long been scheduled to leave the European Union. The U.K. now faces a deadline of April 12 to present the EU with a new plan, or crash out of the...

  • Europe Mar 30, 2019

    May Explores Idea of Bringing Brexit Deal Back for 4th Vote

    Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal may not be dead after all — even though lawmakers voted to reject it for a third time Friday — the day Britain had long been scheduled to leave the European Union. The U.K. now faces a deadline of April 12 to present the EU with a new plan, or crash out of the...

  • leader Mar 29, 2019

    UK Faces New Brexit Crisis After Lawmakers Reject May's Deal

    British lawmakers on Friday rejected the government’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving the U.K. facing the stark prospect of a chaotic departure from the European Union in just two weeks, with political leaders in turmoil and the country ill-prepared for the shock. It’s either that, or a long delay to the country’s exit from the EU. The alternatives...

  • European Union Mar 28, 2019

    UK Leader May Says She'll Step Down If Brexit Deal OK'd

    British Prime Minister Theresa May offered up her job in exchange for her Brexit deal Wednesday, telling colleagues she would quit within weeks if the agreement was passed and Britain left the European Union. May’s dramatic concession that “there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership” was a last-ditch effort to bring enough reluctant colleagues on...

  • lawyer Mar 16, 2019

    Scores Arrested in Yellow Vest Protesters' Fiery Riot in Paris

    French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores in Paris and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris’ landmark Champs-Elysees avenue, and a mother and her child were just barely saved from a building blaze. Cobblestones flew in the...

  • European Union Mar 10, 2019

    Parliament Facing Brexit Decisions, More Drama and Deadline

    After months of Brexit deadlock, this is it: decision time. At least for now. With Britain scheduled to leave the European Union in less than three weeks, U.K. lawmakers are poised to choose the country’s immediate direction from among three starkly different choices: deal, no deal or delay. A look at what might happen:

  • Daniel Macht Dec 19, 2018

    European Officials Agree on Ban of Some Single-Use Plastics

    Plastic knives just won’t cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs, after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday backed recommendations by its executive branch designed to reduce marine pollution. Environmental campaigners have been calling for curbs on...

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