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EU seeks hosts for migrants amid new Italy, Malta standoff

Aug. 20, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Union is trying to find countries willing to take 177 people rescued at sea after Italy sought its help to deal with yet another migrant standoff with Malta. The Italian coast guard ship Diciotti has been sitting off Italy's Lampedusa island since rescuing the migrants last week....

Renewable resort: Greek island to run on wind, solar power

Aug. 19, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

TILOS, Greece (AP) — When the blades of its 800-kilowatt wind turbine start turning, the small Greek island of Tilos will become the first in the Mediterranean to run exclusively on wind and solar power. The sea horse-shaped Greek island between Rhodes and Kos has a winter population of 400. But that...

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

Aug. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local) 3 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his sadness over the death of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sent his condolences to his family. "Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for...

Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard

Aug. 14, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta on Tuesday agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations in what was described as a "responsibility-sharing exercise." The migrants were plucked to safety by the aid boat...

The Latest: Merkel says still much Brexit work to do

Aug. 14, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 5:15 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she hopes to avoid a disorderly British departure from the European Union but there's a lot of work to be done in the coming months. Britain is set to leave the EU in late March....

UK foreign minister: New European Brexit approach needed

Aug. 14, 2018 10:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says "we need a change in approach by the European Commission if we are going to have a pragmatic deal that works for everyone" as talks about Britain leaving the European Union have stalled. The talks are stuck amid feuding about how close...

EU seeks safe harbor for ship carrying 141 rescued migrants

Aug. 13, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Commission said Monday that it is in contact with a number of member states to identify a country willing to take 141 migrants picked up by a rescue ship, after the French aid groups operating the ship appealed for a safe port and Italy said Britain should take responsibility....

US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

Aug. 7, 2018 4:35 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States and the European Union said Tuesday that they are seeking details about the arrest of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia, but they sidestepped a sensitive diplomatic dispute over the crackdown between the ultraconservative kingdom and Canada. Saudi Arabia expelled...

EU concerned about rights in Saudi but sidesteps Canada spat

Aug. 7, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission says it is seeking clarification about the arrest of human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia but the EU's executive refuses to be drawn into a diplomatic dispute between Riyadh and Canada. Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze "all new...

Spending on future tech eats into BMW profits

Aug. 2, 2018 8:41 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW's profit fell 6 percent in the second quarter as it spent more on developing new technologies for electric, autonomous and digitally connected automobiles, the luxury carmaker said Thursday. Net income came in at 2.08 billion euros ($2.42 billion), down from 2.22 billion in...