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TALLINN, Estonia | The Latest: Center-right party leading in Estonia election

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on Estonia’s general election (all times local): 10:00 p.m. A center-right party that held the prime minister’s office in Estonia for over a decade has a good-sized lead with ballots from more than half of polling stations counted. Results from 280 of the small Baltic country’s 451 polling places … Continue reading TALLINN, Estonia | The Latest: Center-right party leading in Estonia election

London: Business leader survey shows a third thinking of leaving UK

LONDON (AP) — A survey of some 1,200 British company directors suggests nearly a third may shift operations abroad because of Britain’s pending departure from the European Union. The survey by the Institute of Directors showed Friday that while headlines have focused on big companies, less notice has been given to smaller businesses and their … Continue reading London: Business leader survey shows a third thinking of leaving UK

WARSAW, Poland | The Latest: Poland mayor mourned as critic of anti-Semitism

WARSAW, Poland —Jan 14, 2019— The Latest on the stabbing of a Polish mayor (all times local): 9:10 p.m. The president of the World Jewish Congress says the fatal stabbing in Poland of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz was an attack “on the very value of tolerance.” In a statement issued in New York on Monday, … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | The Latest: Poland mayor mourned as critic of anti-Semitism

LONDON | The Latest: Manchester police quiz alleged knife attacker

LONDON  — Jan 01, 2019— The Latest on the stabbing of three people in Manchester (all times local): 8: 15 p.m. Police in the English city of Manchester are quizzing a suspect and searching a house for clues about what they call the “terror-related” stabbings of three people at a train station on New Year’s … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Manchester police quiz alleged knife attacker

BARCELONA, Spain | Spanish PM: Solution for Catalonia is forging a consensus

BARCELONA, Spain — Spain’s prime minister says the solution to the separatist crisis in Catalonia is forging a consensus shared by most Catalans regarding the region’s status as part of Spain. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tells the Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia on Sunday that what “is needed is a wide majority of society that right … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | Spanish PM: Solution for Catalonia is forging a consensus

LONDON  | UK opposition leader denies calling PM May ‘stupid woman’

LONDON  — Britain’s main opposition leader is facing calls to apologize after he was accused of calling Prime Minister Theresa May a “stupid woman” in the House of Commons. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was caught on camera appearing to mutter the insult Wednesday during the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session. Corbyn’s spokesman insisted the … Continue reading LONDON  | UK opposition leader denies calling PM May ‘stupid woman’

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president reinstates Wickremesinghe as premier

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president has reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister, nearly two months after firing him and setting off weeks of political stalemate. Wickremesinghe’s United National Party says on its official Twitter account that Wickremesinghe took oath before President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday. The move promises to ease 50 days of … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka president reinstates Wickremesinghe as premier

WARSAW, Poland | Poland’s ruling conservatives strike strong pro-EU tone

WARSAW, Poland  — Poland’s prime minister and other leaders of the ruling conservative party, long seen as euroskeptic, set a strongly pro-European tone at a party convention. The convention Saturday was held under the slogan “Poland Heart of Europe.” It comes after local elections this fall gave the party, Law and Justice, a severe battering … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland’s ruling conservatives strike strong pro-EU tone

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka’s premier to end crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka— A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country’s political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala Sirisena to resign to allow the president to appoint a new government. Sri Lanka … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka’s premier to end crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Lawmaker: Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka’s prime minister

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said Friday that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country’s political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena to resign to allow the president to appoint a new government. Sri … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Lawmaker: Rajapaksa to resign as Sri Lanka’s prime minister

LONDON | The Latest: Britain’s May wins confidence vote, remains PM

LONDON — The Latest on political turmoil in Britain (all times local): 9:00 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a confidence vote by Conservative Party lawmakers that could have brought her leadership to an abrupt end. In secret ballot on Wednesday, 200 lawmakers backed May and 117 voted against her. The result means … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Britain’s May wins confidence vote, remains PM

TIRANA, Albania | Kosovo PM: Independence fighters must not fear Hague court

TIRANA, Albania— Kosovo’s prime minister says that former independence fighters should not humiliate Kosovo by hiding, impeding or avoiding justice. Ramush Haradinaj, himself a former commander, wrote Wednesday on Facebook that the independence war was “clean and sacred.” Kosovo’s bloody war for independence ended with a 78-day NATO air campaign in June 1999, stopping a … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Kosovo PM: Independence fighters must not fear Hague court

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: MAY FACING NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE IN UK British politics is thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt as Conservative lawmakers trigger the ultimatum against the prime minister which could see her step down if she loses. STRASBOURG SUSPECT HEARD … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo’s prime minister says new army will serve world peace

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo’s prime minister said Monday that the army the country expects to have soon will be a modest contributor to creating world peace. Kosovo’s lawmakers will vote Friday on three laws that would transform the national security force into a regular army. The measures are expected to easily pass the 120-member parliament. … Continue reading PRISTINA, Kosovo | Kosovo’s prime minister says new army will serve world peace

BRUSSELS | The Latest: EU lawmaker on Brexit: No other deal for UK

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A key member of the European parliament’s Brexit team says that British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy has turned into “a game of hide and seek” which will fail to force the EU to renegotiate the U.K. withdrawal deal. Green MEP Philippe Lamberts … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: EU lawmaker on Brexit: No other deal for UK

JERUSALEM | Israel says Oman will open its airspace to Israeli carrier

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Monday announced that Oman will open its airspace to Israel’s national airline. The move appears to have no immediate practical effect because carrier El Al is still barred from flying over Oman’s northern neighbor, Saudi Arabia. But it marks another sign of warming ties between Israel and Gulf Arab … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel says Oman will open its airspace to Israeli carrier

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia election expected to consolidate premier’s power

YEREVAN, Armenia  — Armenians cast ballots Sunday in an early parliamentary election that is expected to further consolidate the power of the nation’s prime minister. The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. Pashinian has pushed for early vote to win control of … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenia election expected to consolidate premier’s power

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenians cast ballots in early parliamentary election

YEREVAN, Armenia— Armenians are casting ballots in an early parliamentary election expected to further consolidate the power of the nation’s new prime minister. The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests against his predecessor’s power grab that forced the politician to step down. Pashinian has pushed for early vote in … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenians cast ballots in early parliamentary election

PARIS | The Latest: Eiffel Tower to close Saturday amid riot fears

PARIS — The Latest on France protests (all times local): 9:10 p.m. France’s prime minister says 89,000 police officers will be deployed on Saturday across the country amid fears of new riots at anti-government protests. Speaking Thursday on French television TF1, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said 8,000 police will be mobilized in Paris alone, “many … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Eiffel Tower to close Saturday amid riot fears

JERUSALEM | Israel calls for international response to Hezbollah tunnels

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Thursday asked the international community to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah and condemn the Lebanese militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel. Stepping up an international pressure campaign against Hezbollah, Israel also hosted the commander of a U.N. peacekeeping force, … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel calls for international response to Hezbollah tunnels

NEW YORK  | 4 men charged in Panama Papers investigation

NEW YORK  — Federal authorities announced a raft of conspiracy and tax fraud charges Tuesday against four men in the first U.S. prosecution related to the so-called Panama Papers. The 11-count indictment unsealed in Manhattan stems from what prosecutors described as an “intercontinental money laundering scheme” involving a global law firm based in Panama. Two … Continue reading NEW YORK  | 4 men charged in Panama Papers investigation

KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Poland to invest in cleaner public transport

KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Poland’s prime minister says the country, which has some of Europe’s most polluted cities, will invest between 3-4 billion euros ($3.4-$ 4.5 billion) in low-emissions public transport. Mateusz Morawiecki said Poland is seeking to buy 1,077 electric buses. … Continue reading KATOWICE, Poland | The Latest: Poland to invest in cleaner public transport

PARIS | The Latest: Students set fires, join protests across France

PARIS — The Latest on France’s response to violent protests (all times local): 3:15 p.m. High school students have set fires in front of their Marseille school as students across France hold scattered demonstrations as part of a nationwide protest movement. Images captured on video show crowds gathered around flames spewing out black smoke outside … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Students set fires, join protests across France

LISBON, Portugal | Portuguese inquiry into armory theft targets top politicians

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese lawmakers trying to figure out who should be blamed for last year’s major theft of weapons from the national armory want to question the prime minister, the current and former army chiefs of staff and a former attorney general. Senior members of the police and intelligence services were also on the … Continue reading LISBON, Portugal | Portuguese inquiry into armory theft targets top politicians

LONDON | The Latest: Dutch PM rules out Brexit rejig if May loses

LONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1 p.m. The prime minister of the Netherlands is dismissing the idea that the European Union might revise the accord on its post-Brexit relationship with the United Kingdom. Mark Rutte said the remaining 27 EU members won’t adjust the deal if British Prime Minister Theresa May … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Dutch PM rules out Brexit rejig if May loses