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Britain's Top Civil Servant Dead at 56

Britain's Top Civil Servant Dead at 56

LONDON (AP) - Jeremy Heywood, a powerful government adviser who ran Britain's civil service until illness forced him to step down, has died of cancer, the government said Sunday.

Merkel Coalition Set for Another Battering in Hesse Elections

Merkel Coalition Set for Another Battering in Hesse Elections

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's central region of Hesse was voting Sunday in a state election marked by discontent with infighting in the national government - and its results could help determine whether Chancellor Angela Merkel's administration has a long-term future.

Romanian Heterosexual Marriage Referendum Voided by Low Turnout

Romanian Heterosexual Marriage Referendum Voided by Low Turnout

Romanian election officials say more than 90 percent of those who took part in a national referendum supported defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but the vote was invalidated as too few people cast ballots.

France's Macron Suffers Another Cabinet Resignation

France's Macron Suffers Another Cabinet Resignation

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has assumed responsibility for France's domestic security after the interior minister resigned in an apparent act of defiance toward President Emmanuel Macron.

PICTURES: Catalan Separatists Clash with Police in Barcelona

PICTURES: Catalan Separatists Clash with Police in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Catalan separatists clashed with police on Saturday in downtown Barcelona, with two arrests being made, as tensions increase before the anniversary of the Spanish region's illegal referendum on secession that ended in violent raids by security forces.

Migrants Aboard Italian Coast Guard Ship Begin Hunger Strike

Migrants Aboard Italian Coast Guard Ship Begin Hunger Strike

ROME (AP) — Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won’t let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them, authorities said, in the latest standoff provoked by Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister.

Putin Dances at Austrian Foreign Minister's Wedding

Putin Dances at Austrian Foreign Minister's Wedding

BERLIN (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

UK Govt Warns No-Deal 'Hard' Brexit 'A Very Real Risk'

UK Govt Warns No-Deal 'Hard' Brexit 'A Very Real Risk'

BERLIN (AP) – Britain’s top diplomat warned Monday that the country could crash out of the European Union next year without an agreement on future relations with Brussels because of the hard line taken by EU negotiators.

Migrants Reaching Spain by Sea Up 120 Percent

Migrants Reaching Spain by Sea Up 120 Percent

(AP) — The Spanish government reports that the number of migrants reaching the country by sea is up more than 120 percent this year as the so-called Western Mediterranean route gained recognition as an alternative way to Europe.

Top European Central Bank Boss Denies Bribery Charges

Top European Central Bank Boss Denies Bribery Charges

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Latvian member of the European Central Bank’s top policymaking board has rejected charges of bribery. Latvian broadcaster LSM cites Ilmars Rimsevics, head of the Baltic country’s central bank, as saying: “I completely deny all these allegations.

German Court Upholds Height Requirement for Police Officers

German Court Upholds Height Requirement for Police Officers

BERLIN (AP) — A court has upheld the minimum height requirement for police officers in Germany’s most populous state, throwing out the case of three female recruits who were slightly too short.

EU Votes to Punish Hungary for Migrant Policies

EU Votes to Punish Hungary for Migrant Policies

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have voted for launching action against Hungary over allegations that Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government is breaching the bloc’s fundamental values.

EU Calls on Member States to Cough up For 'Africa Trust Fund'

EU Calls on Member States to Cough up For 'Africa Trust Fund'

BRUSSELS (AP) – European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is urging EU member countries to put more money into an Africa trust fund as the bloc looks to set up migrant screening centers outside Europe.

Explosion Destroys Apartment Block in Germany, 25 Injured

Explosion Destroys Apartment Block in Germany, 25 Injured

Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. They would not comment on whether they suspected the incident was terror-related.

EU Plans Summit as Migrant Policy Row Builds

EU Plans Summit as Migrant Policy Row Builds

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from a group of European Union countries, led by Germany and France, will meet Sunday to thrash out possible solutions to a divisive row over migrants.

Europol: Homegrown Jihadis Behind Most 2017 Attacks

Europol: Homegrown Jihadis Behind Most 2017 Attacks

PARIS (AP) — Europol says armed jihadis plotted or carried out more attacks in Europe last year than in 2016, with a total of 33 attacks either planned or executed.

German, Danish Police Raids on Illegal Migrant Sham Marriages 

German, Danish Police Raids on Illegal Migrant Sham Marriages 

BERLIN (AP) — More than 150 German and Danish police officers searched a dozen apartments and offices Wednesday in a joint cross-border raid on an illegal human trafficking network that focused on arranging hundreds of sham marriages.

Merkel's Germany Pushes for EU-Wide Transactions Tax

Merkel's Germany Pushes for EU-Wide Transactions Tax

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Germany's finance minister is urging bolder steps to strengthen the euro currency union by setting up a fund to help countries hard hit by unemployment and by laying the foundations of an EU-wide tax system.

EU in Chaos as Spanish Government Topples

EU in Chaos as Spanish Government Topples

MADRID (AP) — Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has won a vote to replace Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, in the first ouster of a serving Spanish leader by parliament in four decades of democracy.

Islamic State Claims Deadly Belgium Attack, Gunman a Convert to Islam

Islamic State Claims Deadly Belgium Attack, Gunman a Convert to Islam

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian prison inmate who killed four people while on furlough committed “terrorist murder” and likely intended to cause more harm, prosecutors said Wednesday as authorities searched for possible accomplices and the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bloodshed.

Lesbos: Europe’s Migrant Barrier Nears Breaking Point

Lesbos: Europe’s Migrant Barrier Nears Breaking Point

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — At the heart of Moria, an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, is a dark rectangular building ringed with police guards and coils of razor wire.

Europe Faces Massive Wave of Freed Terror Convicts

Europe Faces Massive Wave of Freed Terror Convicts

PARIS (AP) — Over the next two years, terrorism convicts will walk free from European prisons by the dozens — more than 200 inmates who largely formed the first wave of jihadis streaming to Syria and Iraq, dreaming of an Islamic caliphate not yet established.

PICS: Hungary’s Parliament Elects Premier Viktor Orban to Fourth Term

PICS: Hungary’s Parliament Elects Premier Viktor Orban to Fourth Term

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s parliament elected Prime Minister Viktor Orban to his third consecutive term and forth overall term in office on Thursday. Orban’s Fidesz party and a small ally won 133 of 199 seats in the legislature on April 8, a super-majority which will allow them to amend the Constitution unchallenged.

Germany Vows Tougher Stance on Migrant Deportations

Germany Vows Tougher Stance on Migrant Deportations

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of German police officers raided a refugee shelter in the southern town of Ellwangen on Thursday, days after an angry mob of migrants prevented authorities from deporting a 23-year-old man from Togo.

‘Gay Cake’ Bakery Appeals to UK Supreme Court

‘Gay Cake’ Bakery Appeals to UK Supreme Court

LONDON (AP) — A bakery owned by a Christian family asked Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer for refusing to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage.

PICS: Baby Alfie Mourned in UK

PICS: Baby Alfie Mourned in UK

LONDON (AP) — Alfie Evans, a British toddler with a degenerative brain condition whose parents lost a legal battle to keep him on life support at a Vatican hospital, was mourned with balloons set free in the sky and prayers from the pope after he died Saturday weeks shy of his second birthday.

PICS: Baby Alfie, Whose Parents Fought Save, Mourned in UK

PICS: Baby Alfie, Whose Parents Fought Save, Mourned in UK

LONDON (AP) — Alfie Evans, a British toddler with a degenerative brain condition whose parents lost a legal battle to keep him on life support at a Vatican hospital, was mourned with balloons set free in the sky and prayers from the pope after he died Saturday weeks shy of his second birthday.

Merkel: Europe Will Push Back if Hit With Trump’s Trade Tariffs

Merkel: Europe Will Push Back if Hit With Trump’s Trade Tariffs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The leaders of Germany, France and Britain are ready to push back if the Trump administration does not permanently exempt the European Union from new import taxes on aluminum and steel imports, German Chancellor said Sunday.

Rest In Peace: Toddler Alfie Evans Has Passed Away

Rest In Peace: Toddler Alfie Evans Has Passed Away

LONDON (AP) - Alfie Evans, the sick British toddler whose parents won support from Pope Francis during a protracted legal battle over his treatment, died early Saturday.

Germany Wants to Deport ‘Bin Laden Bodyguard’

Germany Wants to Deport ‘Bin Laden Bodyguard’

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it is trying to deport a former follower of Osama bin Laden despite court rulings barring his transfer to Tunisia.

Father, Uncle Arrested in Pakistan Over Italy ‘Honour’ Killing

Father, Uncle Arrested in Pakistan Over Italy ‘Honour’ Killing

ISLAMABAD (AP) – Pakistani police on Tuesday arrested the father and the uncle suspected in an “honor” killing of a 25-year-old Italian citizen, a woman of Pakistani origin who refused to marry the man they chose for her.

Dutch Probe ‘Appalling’ Euthanasia of Dementia Patient

Dutch Probe ‘Appalling’ Euthanasia of Dementia Patient

(AP) -- In a rare series of moves, Dutch authorities are investigating whether doctors may have committed crimes in five euthanasia cases, including the deaths of two women with advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

UK Supreme Court Declines Appeal from Parents of Dying Toddler

UK Supreme Court Declines Appeal from Parents of Dying Toddler

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Supreme Court declined Friday to hear an appeal from a mother and father who want to take their terminally ill toddler to Italy for treatment instead of allowing a hospital to remove him from life support.

Trump Leads May into Bombing Syria… Farage Objects

Trump Leads May into Bombing Syria… Farage Objects

The British government has joined with the American and French militaries to strike targets in Assad’s Syria following an alleged chemical weapons attack in the country. “These are not the actions of a man.

Sweden Charges Man with Spying on Tibetans for China

Sweden Charges Man with Spying on Tibetans for China

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish authorities said Thursday they have charged a man with spying for China, on suspicion that he gathered information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden.

Saudi Crown Prince Sued in France for Torture During Visit

Saudi Crown Prince Sued in France for Torture During Visit

PARIS (AP) — A French lawyer has filed a lawsuit in a Paris court against visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accusing him of complicity in torture in Yemen, an embarrassment for the French government as it rolled out the red carpet for its powerful guest.

Hungary Elects: Voters Head to the Polls in Key European Election

Hungary Elects: Voters Head to the Polls in Key European Election

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to win his third consecutive term - and fourth overall - in Sunday's national vote but opposition leaders were encouraged by a high early turnout.

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