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Malta offers pardon for possible info in reporter’s slaying

Nov. 19, 2019 7:36 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A man arrested in a money-laundering case in Malta claims to have information identifying the mastermind behind the car-bomb assassination of a leading investigative journalist, Maltese officials said Tuesday. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he has offered an official...

Rescue ship Ocean Viking stuck at sea with 104 migrants

Oct. 25, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The humanitarian rescue ship Ocean Viking remained stuck at sea Friday with 104 migrants on board, a week after rescuing them off Libya despite an EU plan designed to resolve such cases. French charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders, which operate the ship, say they have...

UNHCR probes Libya-Malta interception in migrant rescue

Oct. 22, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is investigating why Malta last week allegedly asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean under Maltese responsibility, in possible violation of maritime law, a U.N. official said Tuesday. Vincent Cochetel, the U.N. High...

The Latest: UN refugee agency probes Malta-Libya incident

Oct. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on developments involving migrants to Europe (all times local): 8:25 p.m. An official with the U.N. refugee agency says it is investigating why Malta last week apparently asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean...

Water cut to migrant camp as Bosnian authorities feud

Oct. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Local authorities in the Bosnian town of Bihac on Monday cut off a nearby migrant camp's water supply, to pressure the government into reducing the population of the overcrowded site that international organizations have criticized as unsuitable. But aid workers said the...

Several EU countries refuse to back migrant boat plan

Oct. 8, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A large majority of European Union member countries have refused to back a plan to quickly get migrants off boats in the Mediterranean Sea and distribute them among willing EU partners. At a meeting of EU interior ministers, only Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal offered to take part in the...

The Latest: France hopeful about new EU migrants plan

Oct. 8, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on migrants trying to reach Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. France's European affairs minister says around 10 European Union countries are willing to accept asylum-seekers under a temporary scheme to quickly get migrants off boats in trouble in the Mediterranean Sea. Amelie...

New deadly migrant shipwreck hardens calls to revamp rescues

Oct. 7, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The deaths of at least 13 people early Monday on an overloaded migrant boat that capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa have galvanized calls to shut down smuggler routes and revamp search-and-rescue efforts in the deadly central Mediterranean Sea. The Italian coast guard said one of...

The Latest: Greece expands program to transfer refugees

Oct. 7, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migrants trying to reach Europe (all times local): 1:40 p.m. Authorities in Greece have expanded a program to transfer migrants and refugees from overcrowded camps on the islands to the mainland amid concern that the number of arrivals from nearby Turkey could continue to rise....

4 EU nations seek endorsement for 'fast-track' migrant plan

Oct. 1, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Four European Union nations will seek endorsement next week from their EU partners for a "fast-track system" for getting migrants off boats in trouble in the Mediterranean Sea and distributing people aboard who want to seek asylum among countries willing to take them. Germany, France, Italy...