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The Latest: Morocco navy fires on boat carrying migrants

Sep. 25, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Morocco's government says the country's navy opened fire on a boat suspected of carrying migrants, wounding four. The Moroccan Interior Ministry says that a naval unit operating in the Mediterranean fired on the boat...

5 EU countries reach deal to end limbo of rescued migrants

Sep. 25, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Five European Union countries struck a deal Tuesday to distribute between them 58 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea and left stranded by continuing disagreements in the bloc over how to cope with the influx of people trying to enter illegally from North Africa. A Spanish official who...

The Latest: Malta contests Italian PM's account of rescue

Sep. 12, 2018 10:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Malta is contesting the Italian premier's assertion that it had responsibility for a group of nearly 180 migrants eventually picked up by an Italian coast guard ship and brought to Italy. The Maltese government...

Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

Aug. 23, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A delegation from Italy's rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly. The comments challenge Italy's anti-migrant interior minister, who has declared that no migrants whom he considers...

AP PHOTOS: Malta comes to life on Feast of Assumption

Aug. 23, 2018 5:37 AM EDT

RABAT, Gozo (AP) — The streets and quaint lanes of Rabat on the island of Gozo in the Maltese archipelago come to life during the annual religious feast day of the Assumption of Mary. The holiday is the peak of the summer season of religious village feasts and is celebrated in seven towns and villages,...

Aid groups urge Italy to allow 177 migrants to disembark

Aug. 21, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Humanitarian groups urged the Italian government Tuesday to allow 177 migrants aboard an Italian coast guard ship docked at the Sicilian port of Catania to be permitted to disembark. Doctors Without Borders, the U.N. refugee agency and Save the Children have all appealed to the government to...

The Latest: Germany says more refugees getting jobs

Aug. 21, 2018 7:32 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migrants and refugees in Europe (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Germany's labor agency says efforts to integrate refugees in the country's labor market are progressing well, with more than 300,000 people from eight main countries of origin in work by this spring. Federal Labor...

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....

Italy threatens to return migrants to Libya in new standoff

Aug. 19, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's firebrand interior minister threatened Sunday to return to Libya 177 migrants who have been aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days following another standoff with Malta. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demanded that other European countries take in the migrants after his Maltese...

The Latest: Malta says Italy taking some Aquarius migrants

Aug. 15, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a ship carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Malta says that Italy will take in some of the 141 migrants rescued by the aid ship Aquarius last Friday, in what amounts to a reversal for the hard-line anti-migrant government in Rome that had...