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FILE - In this Monday, May 20, 2019 file photo, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier adjusts his glasses after talking to the media with Cyprus' foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides at the foreign ministry in Nicosia, Cyprus. Britain is due to leave the EU on Oct. 31, but Parliament has rejected the government's divorce deal with the bloc. The bloc insists it won’t change the 585-page withdrawal agreement, which sets out the terms of Britain’s departure and includes a transition period of almost two years to allow both sides to adjust to their new relationship. “This document is the only way to leave the EU in an orderly manner,” EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the BBC in an interview broadcast Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
July 19, 2019 - 1:45 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — British lawmakers are meeting the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, seeking an iron-clad guarantee that 1.3 million U.K. citizens in the bloc won't have their rights removed and lives disrupted in the event the country leaves the EU without a deal. The rights of U.K...
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FILE - In this March 11, 2019 file photo, Gary Jones, president of the United Auto Workers union addresses delegates to the union's bargaining convention in Detroit. In recent years, Detroit automakers have been at relative peace with the UAW union because times have been good and profit-sharing checks have been fat. That all could change this week when talks open Monday, July 15 on new four-year contracts with the union representing 142,000 workers across the nation. Auto companies want to cut labor costs and end a gap with those at foreign-owned factories in the U.S. At bargaining convention in March, Jones told delegates that the union is raising strike pay and said the union would walk out if necessary. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
July 15, 2019 - 4:45 am
DETROIT (AP) — In recent years, Detroit automakers have been at relative peace with the United Auto Workers union because times have been good and profit-sharing checks have been fat. That could change this week as talks open on new four-year contracts with the union representing 142,000 workers...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks during a student town hall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday, July 11, 2019, over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
July 11, 2019 - 3:36 pm
One of the nation's largest teachers' unions sued the U.S. Education Department on Thursday over a federal program that promises to forgive student loans for public workers but has been beset by problems. The American Federation of Teachers filed a federal lawsuit in Washington alleging that the...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden speaks during the National Education Association Strong Public Schools Presidential Forum Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 05, 2019 - 3:00 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Echoing one of their top Democratic presidential rivals, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promised Friday to nominate an educator as secretary of education if either wins the nomination and defeats President Donald Trump. "We don't treat you with dignity," Biden, the former vice president...
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FILE-In this May 16, 2019 file photo German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen attends a debate on '70 Years German Constitution' of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin. EU leaders reconvened Tuesday July 2, 2019, for a formal summit to consider a list of top job candidates that may have Ursula von der Leyen becoming president of the executive European Commission. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
July 02, 2019 - 3:12 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — For the first time, European Union leaders nominated women for half of the top positions they filled Tuesday to lead the world's biggest trade bloc. And the women were picked for what are arguably the two most important jobs of the four posts: heading the EU's executive Commission...
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Czech Republic's Prime Minister Andrej Babis, center, arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. European Union leaders continued a third day of talks to seek a breakthrough in a diplomatic fight over who should be picked for a half dozen of jobs at top EU institutions. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
July 02, 2019 - 1:28 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders gathered yet again Tuesday as they try to overcome an embarrassing deadlock over a series of job nominations to key posts at the bloc for at least the next five years. In one of the longest EU summits in recent years, the leaders are looking to name a new...
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Journalists rest during a late night negotiating session at an EU summit in Brussels, Monday, July 1, 2019. European Union leaders participated in another marathon session of talks desperately seeking a breakthrough in a diplomatic fight over who should be picked for a half dozen of jobs at the top of EU institutions. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
July 01, 2019 - 3:31 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 12:30 p.m. European Union leaders have suspended their top jobs summit without result and plan to meet again Tuesday morning to try to break the deadlock. A spokesman for European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Monday...
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, center, sits alone prior to a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Sunday, June 30, 2019. European Union leaders have started another marathon session of talks desperately seeking a breakthrough in a diplomatic fight over who should be picked for a half dozen of jobs at the top of EU institutions. (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt, Pool Photo via AP)
June 30, 2019 - 2:58 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders struggled deep into Sunday night to narrow down a list of candidates for key posts at the helm of the 28-nation bloc amid deep divisions over how to best balance political, geographic and gender considerations. Leaders huddled in small groups after the formal...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2018 file photo, Argentina's President Mauricio Macri speaks as the new pro tempore president of Mercosur, flanked by Uruguay's Foreign Affairs Minister, Rodolfo Nin, left and Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, right, at the 53rd Mercosur Summit in Montevideo, Uruguay. Argentina's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday, June 28, 2019, that South America's Mercosur trade bloc has struck a "strategic association" trade deal with the European Union, clinched in the Belgian capital of Brussels following two decades of negotiations. The Mercosur bloc includes Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
June 28, 2019 - 7:31 pm
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — South America's Mercosur bloc and the European Union struck a free-trade deal Friday after two decades of negotiations that concluded amid global trade tensions and rising protectionism. The agreement announced by both sides came as trade talks between the EU and the...
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June 20, 2019 - 11:59 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders have agreed to prolong economic sanctions against Russia for another six months over its continued destabilization of Ukraine. The measures targeting Russia's economy were due to expire next month. Preben Aamann, the European Council spokesman, tweeted: "...
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