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Migrants exit rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — More than 80 people were being evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on Tuesday, capping a drama that saw 15 passengers jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard and spurred Spain to dispatch a naval ship in a bid to end a weekslong humanitarian crisis with Italy. Sicilian...

US says anyone who 'touches' Iran tanker risks US sanctions

Aug. 20, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone who "touches," supports or allows an Iranian tanker carrying crude oil to dock risks U.S. sanctions. He told reporters Tuesday that if an Iranian supertanker that left Gibraltar on Sunday again heads to Syria, "we'll take every action we...

Trump looks to discuss defense, energy with Romanian leader

Aug. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House on Tuesday as the two leaders explore ways to cooperate on defense and energy issues. Speaking to reporters before their private meeting, Trump said the potential for visiting Romania was something he...

Trump says would be 'appropriate' for Russia to rejoin G-7

Aug. 20, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he'd like to see Russia readmitted to a group of the world's major industrial nations. Trump said Russia is often discussed when he and the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan meet annually. Trump is scheduled to fly to France...

Belfast startup buys idled paper mill

Aug. 20, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Maine (AP) — A Belfast startup says it has bought the former Madison Paper Industries mill. The Bangor Daily News reports that building products manufacturing startup GO Lab indicated the deal was worth $1.9 million. The company plans to make wood fiber insulation from softwood chips. Josh Henry,...

2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit

Aug. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

Two pharmaceutical companies have reached settlements totaling $15 million to avoid being defendants in the first federal trial on the drug industry's accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis. Dublin, Ireland-based Endo Pharmaceuticals announced Tuesday that it has agreed to pay the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga...

The Latest: 2nd company settles with counties in opioid suit

Aug. 20, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on litigation over opioids (all times local): 5:10 p.m. A second drugmaker has agreed to settle lawsuits brought by two Ohio counties over the opioid crisis. Frank Gallucci, a lawyer for Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County, told Cleveland.com and other media outlets that Allergan...

What to expect as Italy's political crisis unfolds

Aug. 20, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — As Italy's Premier Giuseppe Conte steps down, the question is whether hardline, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini can force new elections in hopes of grabbing the premiership. In announcing his resignation Tuesday before the Senate, Conte blamed Salvini for pulling the plug on a...

Italian premier resigns, blames deputy for political crisis

Aug. 20, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who triggered a political crisis to try to force early elections. Addressing the Senate, Conte blasted Salvini for...

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

Aug. 20, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions. Highlighting new British Prime Minister Boris...