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The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran's exports

Sep. 24, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran's exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by...

Charities operating migrant rescue ship ask Europe for help

Sep. 24, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Humanitarian groups operating the sole private rescue ship near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route have asked French authorities to allow 58 refugees to disembark in the southern port of Marseille. Medecins Sans Frontieres and SOS Mediterranee are also urging European...

Italy tightens eligibility for migrant protection

Sep. 24, 2018 12:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy on Monday tightened criteria for migrants receiving humanitarian protection as its populist government deepened its crackdown on those seeking asylum. A new law, in the form of a government decree approved by Premier Giuseppe Conte and his Cabinet, also permits authorities to suspend...

Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Sep. 23, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country's southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked...

The Latest: Panama pulls migrant rescue boat's registration

Sep. 23, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Panama says that it has withdrawn the registration of the only private migrant rescue boat still operating in the central Mediterranean after complaints from Italy, which is cracking down on migrant arrivals. Panama's maritime...

Libya's latest militia-on-militia fighting leaves 10 dead

Sep. 22, 2018 6:41 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities say the latest bout of fighting between rival militias in the capital Tripoli has left 10 people dead. In a statement Saturday, the medical authorities said 59 people were also wounded when fighting erupted the previous day, taking the death toll to 106 since armed...

Libya says death toll from Tripoli clashes climbs to 96

Sep. 21, 2018 5:26 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The death toll from weeks of fighting between armed groups in Libya's capital, Tripoli, has climbed to at least 96 people, including civilians, authorities said Friday. The violence has shattered a U.N.-brokered cease-fire reached earlier this month. In addition to the fatalities,...

EU looks to Egypt, Africa for help with migrant challenge

Sep. 20, 2018 11:00 AM EDT

SALZBURG, Austria (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to enter talks with Egypt to help stem the flow of migrants entering Europe from Africa, offering to step up economic cooperation and the prospect of a high-profile summit in Cairo as incentives. Speaking to reporters after hosting talks...

Europe's solutions to migration create humanitarian crises

Sep. 19, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

One of Europe's main solutions to migration — Greece's overcrowded, unsanitary Moria migrant camp — has suicidal children and conditions that a psychiatrist compared to "an old-fashioned mental asylum." In another heavily criticized solution to immigration, imprisoned men and women have been...

Fighting resumes in Libyan capital, causes mass power outage

Sep. 18, 2018 6:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities say fighting between rival militias in the capital of Tripoli has flared up again, breaking a cease-fire that began earlier this month. Generators that were damaged in the clashes have caused mass power outages across the country. The electricity authority says power was out...