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The Latest: North Macedonia police detain 81 migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say they have detained 81 migrants found in a truck near the border with Serbia, after the driver ignored a police warning to stop for a check and later abandoned the vehicle. Police said the...

Mediterranean migrant rescues, deaths; French camp emptied

Sep. 17, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — At least two people died and 14 were missing Tuesday after a boat filled with people hoping to reach Europe capsized near Tunisia. Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, a rescue ship picked up 109 people from two flimsy boats off the coast of Libya within hours of each other. And...

American cancer survivor swims England Channel 4 times

Sep. 17, 2019 6:43 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An American cancer survivor has succeeded in her remarkable quest to swim across the English Channel four times in a row. Sarah Thomas, who is from Colorado, completed the feat Tuesday morning after more than 54 hours of swimming. The 37-year-old completed treatment for breast cancer last...

France evacuates 900 migrants from camp near English Channel

Sep. 17, 2019 3:41 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French police are evacuating at least 900 migrants from a gym and a nearby tent camp near the English Channel, citing concerns about security and hygiene. A spokesman for the Nord region said the migrants being removed from Tuesday from the town of Grande Synthe include an unspecified number...

English Channel dolphins carry 'toxic cocktail' of chemicals

Sep. 12, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Bottlenose dolphins in the English Channel harbor a "toxic cocktail" of chemicals, some of which have been banned for decades and which may be harming the rare marine mammals' health, scientists said Thursday. Belgian and French scientists said they've detected high accumulations of...

The Latest: EU official: No new Brexit proposals from UK

Sep. 12, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:20 p.m. European Parliament President David Sassoli says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has made no new proposals that would unblock Brexit talks and that talking about removing the so-called backstop from the divorce agreement is...

The Latest: Brexit: UK minister tours Calais port

Aug. 30, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7 p.m. France's customs minister says that crossing the English Channel from Calais will be more difficult should there be a no-deal Brexit, but assured travelers that "there won't be dozens of kilometers of traffic jams." Gerald Darmanin spoke after...

The Latest: German rescue ship requests aid for 100 migrants

Aug. 28, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The crew of a German humanitarian ship carrying about 100 migrants in the Mediterranean has appealed to Malta to help find a quick solution so the ship can enter a safe harbor. German group Lifeline wrote in a letter Wednesday...

Nearly 50 migrants rescued in 2 days in busy English Channel

Aug. 28, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French maritime authorities say 47 migrants, including two dozen children, have been rescued over two days as they tried to cross the English Channel to Britain. The authorities said that In the first incident, on Tuesday, British authorities were alerted by a fishing boat and a French patrol...

Germany's Merkel dangles possibility of negotiated Brexit

Aug. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the possibility that a negotiated departure for Britain from the European Union might still be possible even as the clock is ticking on a deal that would satisfy both sides. Speaking Wednesday alongside U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the two...