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The Latest: Group: Malta finally allows rescue ship to leave

Oct. 20, 2018 10:02 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A humanitarian group says its migrant rescue ship has been cleared to leave Malta for repairs, after being prevented from doing so for months by the island's authorities. The German group Sea-Watch said Saturday...

Bulgarian journalist killed after reporting on corruption

Oct. 8, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Bulgarian police are investigating the rape and slaying of a female television reporter whose body was dumped near the Danube River after she reported on the possible misuse of European Union funds in Bulgaria. Authorities discovered the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova on...

The Latest: Migrants delayed by bad weather reach Malta

Sep. 30, 2018 10:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A group of migrants who were stuck at sea in bad weather for five days have arrived in Malta after being transferred to a Maltese naval vessel from a humanitarian rescue ship. The Maltese government said Sunday the 58...

The Latest: Migrant rescue ship has dog aboard

Sep. 26, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local): 8:15 p.m. One of five countries taking in the 58 migrants saved on the rescue ship Aquarius 2 will also get a dog — large, white and named Bella. France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Malta will take in migrants...

The Latest: Morocco navy fires on boat carrying migrants

Sep. 25, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Morocco's government says the country's navy opened fire on a boat suspected of carrying migrants, wounding four. The Moroccan Interior Ministry says that a naval unit operating in the Mediterranean fired on the boat...

5 EU countries reach deal to end limbo of rescued migrants

Sep. 25, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Five European Union countries struck a deal Tuesday to distribute between them 58 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and left stranded by continuing disagreements in the bloc over how to cope with the influx of people trying to enter illegally from North Africa. A Spanish official who...

The Latest: Malta contests Italian PM's account of rescue

Sep. 12, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Malta is contesting the Italian premier's assertion that it had responsibility for a group of nearly 180 migrants eventually picked up by an Italian coast guard ship and brought to Italy. The Maltese government...

Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

Aug. 23, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A delegation from Italy's rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly. The comments challenge Italy's anti-migrant interior minister, who has declared that no migrants whom he considers...

AP PHOTOS: Malta comes to life on Feast of Assumption

Aug. 23, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

RABAT, Gozo (AP) — The streets and quaint lanes of Rabat on the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago come to life during the annual religious feast day of the Assumption of Mary. The holiday is the peak of the summer season of religious village feasts and is celebrated in seven towns and villages,...