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2 migrants dead, 21 missing off Tunisia in shipwreck

Oct. 17, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least two migrants died and 21 have disappeared after their boat capsized Sunday off the Tunisian coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisian officials said. Seven others were rescued. According to the spokesman at the court in Mahdia, a Tunisian...

Volunteers in the sky watch over migrant rescues by sea

Oct. 17, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

ABOARD THE SEABIRD (AP) — As dozens of African migrants traversed the Mediterranean Sea on a flimsy white rubber boat, a small aircraft circling 1,000 feet above closely monitored their attempt to reach Europe. The twin-engine Seabird, owned by the German...

4 weeks on, no sign Spanish volcano eruption is close to end

Oct. 17, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — There is no sign that a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is coming to an end, four weeks after it began, officials said Sunday. The volcano on one of the Canary Islands off northwest Africa has so far destroyed more than 1,800 buildings,...

Sudanese protesters call for dissolving of joint government

Oct. 16, 2021 13:23 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese took to the streets Saturday in the capital, Khartoum, to call for the dissolving of the joint military-civilian government of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. The protest could further increase political tensions in Sudan, threatening...

Cyprus, Egypt sign deal to speed up electricity grid linkage

Oct. 16, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An undersea cable linking the electricity grids of Cyprus and Egypt could be key to helping both countries transition to a green economy and meet their commitments on battling climate change, the Cypriot energy minister said Saturday. Minister...

Hubert Germain dies at 101; helped free France from Nazis

Oct. 15, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hubert Germain, the last of an elite group of decorated French fighters who helped liberate France from Nazi control in World War II, has died. He was 101. The French president’s office announced the death in a statement Tuesday, saying Germain...

Sudan PM announces steps to move out of political crisis

Oct. 15, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan’s prime minister on Friday announced a series of steps for his country’s transition to democracy less than a month after a coup attempt rocked its leadership. In a speech, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok called the coup attempt an ‘alarm bell’...

Cyprus: U.N. checks plane suspected of Libya embargo breach

Oct. 15, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — United Nations inspectors have completed their examination of a small aircraft stored in Cyprus that was reportedly suspected of violating a U.N. arms embargo on Libya, an aviation official in the east Mediterranean island nation said Friday. ...

Lava flow from Spanish island volcano likened to a tsunami

Oct. 15, 2021 05:56 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The second 4.5 magnitude earthquake in two days rattled the Spanish island of La Palma on Friday, officials said, as scientists described a gushing river of molten rock from an erupting volcano as “a true lava tsunami.” The two quakes were the...

The Latest: Australia's capital: 99% with at least 1 dose

Oct. 14, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA — Australia’s capital Canberra has come out of lockdown with authorities reporting more than 99% of the population aged 12 and older having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sydney came out of lockdown on Monday with only the 73.5% of the population...