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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Boeing asks lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate

Washington state lawmakers announced Wednesday they will introduce bills, at The Boeing Co.’s request, to suspend the aerospace giant’s preferential business and occupation tax rate until the United States and …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Trump ousts officials who testified in impeachment inquiry

President Donald Trump has ousted Gordon Sondland, his ambassador to the European Union, who delivered damaging testimony during the impeachment inquiry.


Britain to seek Canada-style free trade deal with EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pursue a Canada-style free trade deal with the European Union now that Brexit has finally taken place.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown

With little fuss and not much fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to …


Europe steps up China virus fight, aims to repatriate 600

European officials and business stepped up efforts Wednesday to counter a spreading virus from China that has killed more than 130 people. Airlines canceled flights to the Chinese mainland, businesses …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 24, 2020

Top EU officials sign Brexit deal in closed door ceremony

The leaders of two of the European Union’s main institutions on Friday signed the divorce agreement governing Britain’s departure from the bloc next week, sealing the penultimate step in Brexit …


Next stop, Brexit: Britain’s EU divorce bill becomes law

Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Prices rising for those Washington dairies that survived recent slump

Trade wars and high global supplies decimated prices for Washington dairies over the past two years, but demand remains high and prices recently have begun to surge along with hopes …


Prices rising for those Washington dairies that survived recent slump

Trade wars and high global supplies decimated prices for Washington dairies over the past two years, but demand remains high and prices recently have begun to surge along with hopes …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

EU pressures Iran on atom deal in last-ditch bid to save it

Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences through talks while also …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Nigel Farage gets his way, and last laugh: Brexit is coming

Nigel Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, is leaving his favorite theater – the European Union’s parliament in Strasbourg – this week with a sense of mission accomplished.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Lawmakers approve Brexit bill, UK on course for Jan 31 exit

Britain passed a long-elusive milestone on the road to Brexit on Thursday when the House of Commons approved a bill authorizing the country’s departure from the European Union at the …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

EU seeks Libya ceasefire, end to Turkish ‘interference’

The European Union called Tuesday on Turkey to stop its “interference” in conflict-ravaged Libya and appealed to forces fighting in the northern African country to call a ceasefire around the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

Money sent from the European Union into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean has instead spawned a thriving web of businesses feeding off their misery.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

EU leaders meet on Brexit as UK election indicates a way out

European Union leaders are gathering Friday to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc amid some relief that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured a parliamentary majority that will allow him …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

UN chief warns against ‘survival of the richest’ on climate

A day after the EU’s new chief unveiled her “master plan” for climate neutrality, a big question mark remained Thursday about the ability to secure a deal for the bloc …


World powers press Iran to reverse nuke deal violations

World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

French women demand action amid high domestic violence rate

France has one of Europe’s highest domestic violence rates, and now that’s getting highlighted with a wildcat graffiti campaign in Paris and elsewhere


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Time and again, envoy Gordon Sondland’s Ukraine tale differs from others

The witnesses who have testified publicly and privately in the House impeachment inquiry so far have generally told a consistent tale. Then there’s Gordon Sondland.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

EU delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson election bid fails

Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.’s departure from the bloc, postponing it until Jan. 31.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Johnson urges support for Brexit deal before knife-edge vote

Boris Johnson worked behind the scenes Friday to win enough support to push his new Brexit deal through the fractious British Parliament and pave the way for Britain – finally …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Trump touts Turkey cease-fire, even as it appears shaky

President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

After three years of tense negotiations, Britain and the European Union say they have struck an outline Brexit deal


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

Brexit talks close in on tentative deal before summit

The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at Thursday’s EU …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Pomp in London, Brexit talks in Brussels as deadline looms

Brexit divorce talks in Brussels are making slow progress, both sides said Monday as some EU ministers said they could even spill into next week. Across the Channel, Britain dragged …


EU, UK bring out the vitriol as Brexit deadline draws near

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures – and in these Brexit times, extraordinary words among leaders. Tuesday saw the latest chapter in vitriolic invective among two sides claiming they want …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

U.S.-Europe dispute threatens main artery of world trade

The trade wars threatening to push the global economy into recession are entering a new phase, with the United States and European Union escalating a dispute that endangers the world’s …


Iran supports European plan to bolster nuclear deal

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

U.S. plans to impose tariffs on EU imports in Airbus case

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will impose tariffs on $7.5 billion in European imports beginning Oct. 18 in a case involving European Union subsidies to the plane maker …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

Boris Johnson: UK is offering Brexit ‘compromise’ to EU

The U.K. offered the European Union a proposed Brexit deal on Wednesday that it said represents a compromise for both sides, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the bloc …