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EU leaders fail to agree on 2050 climate goal

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders have failed to back a plan to make the bloc's economy carbon neutral by 2050 in spite of promises to fight harder against climate change. Ahead of a U.N. meeting in the fall, the proposal was relegated to a...

 

D-Day at 75: Nations honor aging veterans, fallen comrades

OMAHA BEACH, France (AP) — Standing on the windswept beaches and bluffs of Normandy, a dwindling number of aging veterans of history's greatest air and sea invasion received the thanks and praise of a world transformed by their sacrifice. The...

 

May's relationship with EU was often rocky

BRUSSELS (AP) — As British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her departure with a Brexit plan nowhere near success, European Union leaders offered kind words. But it was quite another matter during the years of negotiations with the bloc that of...

 

Some 70,000 Brussels protesters demand action on climate

BRUSSELS (AP) — At least 70,000 people braved cold and rain in Brussels on Sunday to demand the Belgian government and the European Union increase their efforts to fight climate change, the Belgian capital's fourth climate rally in two months to...

 

Leaders laud fallen soldiers on eve of armistice centennial

PARIS (AP) — Traveling from across the world to monuments honoring soldiers who fell 100 years ago, victors and vanquished alike marked those sacrifices Saturday ahead of Armistice Day and assessed alliances that have been redrawn dramatically...

 

In the final hours of World War I, a terrible toll

VRIGNE-MEUSE, France (AP) — Augustin Trebuchon is buried beneath a white lie. His tiny plot is almost on the front line where the guns finally fell silent at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, after a four-year war that had already...

 

A century after fighting for Paris, leaders mark armistice

PARIS (AP) — Paris, the City of Light, always was the grandest prize of World War I, either to conquer or defend. So it is only fitting that when victors and vanquished meet to mark the centennial of the armistice this weekend, the biggest...

 

EU top court rules new breeding techniques count as GMOs

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that food produced by a series of new biotechnology breeding techniques should be considered genetically modified organisms, thus falling under the EU's strict regulations of the...

 

EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

BRUSSELS (AP) — After a week of the worst barrage of insults yet from U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union is looking westward toward the White House less and less. Making it worse, Trump spent Monday cozying up to EU adversary Vladimir...

 

18 acquitted in massive Brussels Airport 2013 diamond heist

BRUSSELS (AP) — Five years after a brazen multimillion-dollar diamond heist on the tarmac of Brussels Airport, a Belgian court on Thursday cited a lack of evidence as it acquitted 18 suspects in the case. The massive 2013 theft, in which tens of...

 

EU chief lashes out at Trump amid new push to save Iran deal

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders met to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran...

 

Quakes force Dutch to end gas extraction in northern region

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Dutch government decided Thursday to end gas extraction in its northern Groningen region over the next 12 years following protests over the damage from small quakes. The Dutch cabinet said the maximum yield must be about halved...

 

Spy, temptress, victim? Mata Hari still eludes definition

LEEUWARDEN, Netherlands (AP) — A century ago on Sunday, an exotic dancer named Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad, condemned as a sultry Dutch double agent who supposedly caused the deaths of thousands of soldiers during World War I....

 

Ocean meeting raises over $7 billion for marine protection

BRUSSELS (AP) — A global conference to better protect marine life has raised more than $7 billion and won commitments to protect huge swathes of the Earth's oceans. The European Union, which organized the Our Ocean conference in the Maltese...

 

Century-old battle in Belgium sums up horrors of World War I

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — Dismembered soldiers sucked into cesspools of mud. Shattered tree trunks and the waft of poison gas hovering over the wounded who were awaiting their fates on the scarred soil of Flanders Fields. The Third Battle of Ypres,...

 

EU takes fat out of fire: Belgian fries are out of danger

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission wants all Belgians, and the world at large, to know: your famous fries are safe. A regional Belgian minister had alarmed the nation with warnings that — sacrilege! — the EU would force fries to be...

 
 By RaF Casert    Regional    March 3, 2017

50 nations seek to counter US ban on family planning funds

BRUSSELS (AP) — Some 50 countries have signed up to attend a family planning conference in Brussels aimed at making up the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion, organizers said Wednesday. The...

 

Belgium conference to counter Trump's anti-abortion plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is organizing an international conference next month to finance access to birth control, abortion and sex education for women in developing countries in an attempt to make up for President Donald Trump's ban on U.S....

 

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