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  • Poland’s PM now faces task of forming new government

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Thursday was given the task of forming a new government after the ruling right-wing party won a second term in power. President Andrzej Duda appointed Mateusz Morawiecki to return as prime minister and Morawiecki said his next four-year term will focus on greater economic growth as Poles […]
  • British action risks delaying whole EU Commission again

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain’s decision not to name a candidate for the European Commission before the country’s Dec. 12 general election could further delay the forming of incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s team in Brussels. The European Union confirmed Thursday that British authorities said they will not present a candidate to the bloc’s […]
  • French probe into Epstein sex network stalled, women say

    PARIS (AP) — Women who say they were raped and sexually assaulted in France by an associate of Jeffrey Epstein are voicing frustration at the apparent glacial progress of a French police probe into their allegations, and are questioning the zeal of investigators who have made only limited efforts to track down other witnesses. Chief […]
  • Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech representatives that it’s no longer acceptable to merely follow the […]
  • Finland reopens Iraq embassy after hiatus of nearly 30yrs

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland says it is reopening its embassy in Iraq and sending an ambassador to Baghdad after a hiatus of nearly 30 years to re-establish bilateral ties, help in the country’s reconstruction and boost trade. Repatriating thousands of Iraqis who are staying illegally in Finland after rejection of their asylum applications remains a […]
  • Taiwan opposition candidate backs Hong Kong full democracy

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The China-friendly opposition candidate in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election is urging Hong Kong to adopt universal suffrage as the best way of stemming months of anti-government protests. Han Kuo-yu of the Nationalist Party told reporters Thursday that Taiwan stood as an example of how it was possible to transition to full […]
  • Cambodia’s Angkor temple complex ending elephant rides

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Elephants that serve as a tourist attraction and give rides at Cambodia’s famed Angkor temple complex will be moved to a new home in a suitable jungle area, an official said Thursday. Apsara Authority, the government agency that oversees the Angkor archaeological site, said it is important for the animals […]
  • German FM calls for Europe to raise its climate targets

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister says the European Union should increase its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if it wants to lead in the fight against climate change. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told diplomats and scientists in Berlin on Thursday that “Europe must lead, because only then other countries such as China or […]
  • Norway fund blacklists security firm G4S over rights worries

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway’s sovereign wealth fund says it is banning all financial holdings in British security services company G4S due to the risk that it “contributes to or is responsible for serious or systematic human rights violations.” The board of the world’s largest fund of its kind said Thursday’s decision came after a […]
  • White Helmets founder’s wife barred from leaving Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have barred the wife of a former British army officer who founded the White Helmets volunteer group from leaving Turkey pending the investigation into his death. Anadolu Agency reports Thursday that James Le Mesurier’s Swedish wife, Emma Winberg, was questioned by police on Wednesday. Authorities […]