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BRUSSELS | Kosovo betrayed by EU on visa-free travel, premier says

BRUSSELS — Kosovo’s prime minister says the country feels betrayed by the European Union, which it is aspiring to join one day, because of the bloc’s delays on enacting visa-free travel for its citizens. Ramush Haradinaj’s comments came in a speech he made in Brussels on Monday at a meeting with senior EU officials. Kosovo … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Kosovo betrayed by EU on visa-free travel, premier says

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain | AP Interview: Catalans on hunger strike speak before trial

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain  — Jailed Catalan separatist politicians on hunger strike for the past two weeks say their upcoming trial will be a platform to foster their cause for independence. In rare interviews in a prison north of Barcelona, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull, who has been in a medical ward since Friday, … Continue reading SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain | AP Interview: Catalans on hunger strike speak before trial

TIRANA, Albania | Kosovo lawmakers occupy office over tax on Serbian imports

TIRANA, Albania  — Lawmakers representing Kosovo’s ethnic Serb minority are refusing to leave the parliament building to protest a 100 percent tax on all goods imported from Serbia. Ten lawmakers from the Serb List party said on Sunday they would remain closed inside their Parliament office and express their concerns about the tax to the … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Kosovo lawmakers occupy office over tax on Serbian imports

WASHINGTON | George H.W. Bush: Great on experience, not as communicator

WASHINGTON  — George Bush was a man with a matchless resume — combat pilot, diplomat, vice president, then president of the United States — but great communicator was not on the list. That was Ronald Reagan. “Fluency in English is not something I’m often accused of,” he once said, demonstrating the point. Nor was he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | George H.W. Bush: Great on experience, not as communicator

TAIPEI, Taiwan | The Latest: China says Taiwan vote a desire for better ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Latest on local elections in Taiwan (all times local): 8:45 a.m. China says the results of local elections in Taiwan, where President Tsai Ing-wen’s independence-leaning party suffered a major defeat, reflect a desire for better relations between the mainland and the self-ruled island. Ma Xiaoguang, the spokesman for Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs … Continue reading TAIPEI, Taiwan | The Latest: China says Taiwan vote a desire for better ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan | Taiwan ruling party suffers major defeat in local elections

TAIPEI, Taiwan— Taiwan’s ruling party suffered a major defeat in local elections Saturday seen as a referendum on the administration of the island’s independence-leaning president amid growing economic and political pressure from China. President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party lost the mayoral election to the Nationalist party in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, where … Continue reading TAIPEI, Taiwan | Taiwan ruling party suffers major defeat in local elections

WASHINGTON | The Latest: No holiday break for Trump’s court criticism

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President Donald Trump (all times local): 8:05 a.m. President Donald Trump has begun his Thanksgiving Day by resuming his public dispute with Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts over the independence of the American judiciary. Trump started the back-and-forth this week with remarks … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: No holiday break for Trump’s court criticism

WASHINGTON | Roberts, Trump spar in extraordinary scrap over judges

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump and Chief Justice John Roberts clashed Wednesday in an extraordinary public dispute over the independence of America’s judiciary, with Roberts bluntly rebuking the president for denouncing a judge who rejected his migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.” There’s no such thing, Roberts declared in a strongly worded statement contradicting Trump … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Roberts, Trump spar in extraordinary scrap over judges