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Algeria is in the spotlight as leaders of gas producing countries convene for summit

Feb. 29, 2024 07:31 AM EST

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is looking to cast itself as a critical supplier of natural gas for European countries seeking to lessen their dependence on Russia as it welcomed Thursday envoys from energy rich nations to a key summit. For three days, Algeria will host leaders...

Open letter urges Venice Biennale art show to exclude Israel. Italy's culture minister pushes back

Feb. 28, 2024 13:33 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Thousands of artists, curators and critics have signed an open letter calling on the Venice Biennale to exclude the Israeli national pavilion from this year’s contemporary art fair due to the war in Gaza, but Italy’s culture minister firmly backed Israel’s participation. ...

EU watchdog wants new search and rescue rules after hundreds of migrants drown off Greece

Feb. 28, 2024 07:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s administrative watchdog called Wednesday for a change to Europe’s search and rescue rules following an inquiry into last year's sinking of a rusty fishing boat, the Adriana, carrying hundreds of migrants while traveling from Libya to Italy. ...

An Italian family of three is back in Rome following two years of captivity in Mali

Feb. 28, 2024 00:40 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's foreign minister was on hand Tuesday for the arrival in Rome of an Italian family of three just hours after their release from two years of captivity in the African nation of Mali. The family, identified as Rocco Langone, his wife Maria Caivano and an adult son,...

Greece takes the helm in an EU naval mission in the Red Sea

Feb. 26, 2024 16:59 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece Monday formally agreed to participate in and lead a European Union maritime security operation in the Red Sea to protect commercial shipping from attacks by Houthi militants in Yemen. A security committee headed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis...

Survivors and families of 94 migrants who died in a shipwreck off Italy call for justice a year on

Feb. 26, 2024 09:20 AM EST

CROTONE, Italy (AP) — Survivors and family members of victims of a tragic shipwreck a year ago that killed 94 migrants, including 35 minors, just a few meters off Italy’s southern coast, returned for three days of commemorations ending Monday, calling for justice to be done. A...

Western leaders rally around Kyiv to mark 2 years since Russia's full-scale invasion

Feb. 24, 2024 16:05 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed Western leaders to Kyiv Saturday to mark the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, as Ukrainian forces run low on ammunition and foreign aid hangs in the balance. Allies from the EU and the Group of Seven...

Albanian Parliament approves controversial deal to hold migrants for Italy

Feb. 22, 2024 13:42 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Parliament voted Thursday to approve a deal for the country to hold thousands of asylum seekers for Italy, despite protests from opposition lawmakers and human rights groups. Under the five-year deal, Albania would shelter up to 3,000 migrants...

The EU is watching Albania's deal to hold asylum seekers for Italy. Rights activists are worried

Feb. 22, 2024 10:51 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Albania has agreed to host two migrant processing centers on its territory that will be fully run by Italy, under a deal that worries many human rights activists. The European Union, however, sees the agreement as a possible template for the future. Italy has long...

Albanian Parliament approves controversial deal to hold migrants for Italy

Feb. 22, 2024 04:23 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s Parliament on Thursday approved a deal for the country to hold thousands of migrants rescued in international waters by Italy while their asylum applications are processed, despite protests from opposition lawmakers and human rights groups. The...