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Italian coast guard ship with migrants arrives in Sicily

Aug. 21, 2018 5:57 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard ship Diciotto has made port in the Sicilian city of Catania with 177 migrants awaiting word on which countries will take them following another standoff between Malta and Italy. Though the ship made port late Monday, the Italian government is not allowing the migrants...

Today in History

Aug. 17, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2018. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily during World War II was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina. On this date: In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River...

3 kids heading on summer vacations among Italy bridge dead

Aug. 15, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Authorities in Italy, France and Albania have confirmed their citizens are among the 39 victims of Tuesday's highway bridge collapse in Genoa. They include three children, traveling with their respective families on summer holidays. Here are some of their stories: ____ Marta Danisi, one of the...

Wattle fences: Weaving branches takes time, yields rewards

Aug. 14, 2018 10:33 AM EDT

CONTRADA PETRARO, Sicily (AP) — They come in the middle of the night and are gone by morning. But without fail, they leave their calling cards: Pronged footprints and gashes in the ground where they've dug with natural abandon. This nocturnal troublemaker in mountainous northern Sicily is the "cinghiale,"...

Police say Sicily gangsters crushed limbs in insurance fraud

Aug. 8, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Sicilian gangsters dropped 25-kilo (55-pound) cast-iron weights on the limbs of drug addicts, alcoholics and other vulnerable people to obtain insurance payments for fake car accidents worth hundreds of thousands of euros, police said Wednesday after making 11 arrests in the case. Among those...

The Latest: Desperate Greeks search for missing after fires

Jul. 24, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest on wildfires raging in Greece (all times local): 2:50 a.m. A Greek father is appealing for help locating his missing twin daughters, who he says he spotted alive in TV news footage showing people getting off a fishing boat that had rescued them as they fled deadly wildfires...

The Latest: Captain says Italy, Malta aim to hide sea deaths

Jul. 16, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

POZZALLO, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The captain of a private aid ship that engaged in migrant rescue missions is accusing Italy and Malta of hiding a deadly "farce" in the Mediterranean Sea. Claus-Peter Reisch, who faces trial in Malta for...

Migrants disembark in Sicily after EU sharing plan reached

Jul. 16, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

POZZALLO, Sicily (AP) — About 400 migrants aboard two border patrol ships disembarked in a Sicilian port Monday after a half-dozen European countries promised to take some of them in rather than leave Italy alone to process their asylum claims. Italy's hard-line, anti-migrant government had kept the two...

The Latest: Spain reports 479 migrants rescued over weekend

Jul. 15, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says at least 479 people, including more than 100 children, were rescued over the weekend while attempting to cross a narrow stretch of the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.   The...

Food sent to migrants off Sicily as Italy awaits EU offers

Jul. 15, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Another day's worth of food and beverages was sent Sunday to a pair of military ships off Sicily as Italy waited for more European nations to pledge to take a share of the hundreds of migrants on board before allowing the asylum-seekers to step off onto Italian soil. Germany, Spain and Portugal...