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Italy's interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat

Jun. 22, 2018 9:52 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist, anti-migrant interior minister said Friday that Malta should allow a Dutch-flagged rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants rescued from rubber dinghies off the Libyan coast to make port there because the ship is now in Maltese waters. "We ask humanly and politically that...

The Latest: 12 hurt when van with migrants flips in Croatia

Jun. 22, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Police say a van carrying migrants has overturned in northwestern Croatia injuring twelve people. Police said the accident happened early Friday when the Hungarian driver of the van lost control of the vehicle and hit...

EU countries prepare mini-summit as migration row festers

Jun. 20, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from a group of European Union countries, led by Germany and France, will meet Sunday to thrash out possible solutions to a divisive row over migrants. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose own government is in crisis over the management of migrant arrivals, is expected to join the...

The Latest: Migrant ship passengers represent 31 countries

Jun. 17, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 4:00 p.m. The United Nations refugee agency is warning against a repeat of the standoff that left a private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants at sea for a week. A convoy consisting of the aid ship Aquarius and two...

Sea convoy reaches Spain as migration debate roils Europe

Jun. 17, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — An aid group's ship and two Italian military vessels docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea only to become pawns in a European political fight. The Italian coast guard vessel Dattilo...

The Latest: France sends asylum team to meet rescue boat

Jun. 16, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local): 7:35 p.m. France's Interior Minister says the country's office in charge of asylum will send a team to Spain to identify refugees from the rescue ship Aquarius who could be eligible to come to France. Minister Gerard Collomb's...

Disputed policies on migrants are the top threat to EU unity

Jun. 16, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Forget Brexit or a looming trans-Atlantic trade war. The diplomatic spat this week among Italy, Malta and France over who should take responsibility for some 630 people rescued at sea shows that the biggest challenge Europe faces today is migration. It's not about the hundreds of thousands...

Spain saves 933 migrants, waits for another 630 on Aquarius

Jun. 16, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 933 people and recovered four bodies from dozens of migrant boats attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea over the past two days. The service said Saturday that it pulled the migrants from a total of 68 different...

The Latest: Head of Germany's migration office fired

Jun. 15, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Germany's interior minister has fired the head of the country's migration authority amid a scandal over the allegedly improper approval of over a thousand asylum requests. News agency dpa reported the German Interior...

Leaders of Italy, France to pursue migration changes at EU

Jun. 15, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte agreed Friday to work together to pursue changes to the European Union's migration rules, finding common ground after the issue created a rift between their countries. The two leaders said during a joint news conference that...