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Court orders Danish VW importer to pay dissident artist

Jul. 17, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The importer in Denmark of Volkswagen has been ordered by a suburban Copenhagen court to pay 1.5 million kroner ($226,000) to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei for "unjustified use of artwork in an advertisement." The Glostrup City Court says Skandinavisk Motor Co. A/S used one...

The Latest: Sea rescue group says Malta will take 44 ashore

Jul. 8, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 11:30 p.m. German humanitarian group Sea-Eye says the crew of its ship rescued 44 people from a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea. The sea rescue group says its ship, the Alan Kurdi, picked the boat passengers up on Monday...

The Latest: Spain rescues 300 migrants; 3 were on a kayak

Jul. 6, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 7.00 p.m. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says that nearly 300 African migrants have been rescued in two days trying to reach Europe's southernmost shores, including three men who had spent the night at sea on a kayak. Nearly 100 migrants...

Deadly land, deadly sea: Libya migrants face brutal choice

Jul. 4, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat from Libya carrying 86 migrants sank in the Mediterranean and left only three survivors, authorities said Thursday, after an airstrike on a detention center near the Libyan capital killed dozens of others. The twin tragedies illustrate the almost unthinkable choice facing those who have...

Airstrike kills 44 migrants in Libyan detention center

Jul. 3, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — An airstrike hit a detention center for migrants near the Libyan capital of Tripoli early Wednesday, killing at least 44 people and wounding dozens of others in an attack that the U.N. human rights chief said could amount to a war crime. The Tripoli-based government blamed the attack...

Rescue ship 'bumped' Italy police boat, in judge's resizing

Jul. 3, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A sea captain who forced a rescue ship carrying 40 migrants into an Italian island port against orders of authorities appears to have acted in accordance with maritime law, according to a court order that freed the German volunteer from house arrest in Italy. Carola Rackete, 31, was released...

Rescue ship captain held in Italy attracts donors, defenders

Jun. 30, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — High-level support and almost three-quarters of a million dollars in donations poured in Sunday for the German captain of a migrant rescue ship who was arrested after she defied repeated orders to stay out of Italy and struck a police boat while bringing 40 people to port. Carola Rackete...

German captain defies Italy again, moves closer to port

Jun. 27, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A German captain defied the orders of Italian port officials for a second time Thursday, repositioning her ship with 42 rescued migrants aboard closer to the island of Lampedusa, the latest stand-off pitting Italy's hard-line interior minister against humanitarian groups running rescue ships...

Rescue ship with 42 migrants defies Italy order to stay out

Jun. 26, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A private sea rescue ship carrying 42 migrants it took aboard off Libya two weeks ago entered Italian waters Wednesday despite an explicit ban from Italy's interior minister, who has threatened to seize the ship operated by a German aid organization and to arrest its captain. Interior Minister...

Wladimir Klitschko rescued at sea after yacht fire off Spain

Jun. 25, 2019 6:50 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko says his boat trip off Spain with family and friends was cut short after a fire broke out on board. The 43-year-old Ukrainian said in a tweet Tuesday the group was evacuated from the motor yacht in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday night....