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Greek bailout ends, but Europe's debt problems grind on

Aug. 17, 2018 10:56 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Greece officially completes its bailout program on Monday, after eight years of cutbacks enforced in return for massive loans and following an economic collapse on the scale of the Great Depression. The exit is a welcome milestone. But it offers little assurance that the...

Knives and guns: Serb-Russian youth camp closed after outcry

Aug. 17, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — After a public outcry, police on Friday closed a summer youth camp on a mountain in western Serbia organized by Russian and Serbian far-right groups. The camp on Mount Zlatibor included children as young as 12 dressed in military uniforms who were being trained by Russian and...

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

Aug. 17, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for...

Bridge collapse highlights Italy's aging infrastructure

Aug. 16, 2018 5:10 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Collapsed concrete, twisted metal, crushed cars. While the disaster in Genoa was the deadliest in recent years, Italy has seen other bridge and highway collapses that have raised alarm about the state of its aging transportation infrastructure. The 51-year-old Morandi Bridge was a key artery...

The Latest: Bridge collapse death toll lowered by 1 to 38

Aug. 16, 2018 10:44 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The latest developments following the deadly collapse of a highway bridge in Italy (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Italian authorities have lowered the confirmed death toll in Genoa's bridge collapse to 38 from 39. Genoa Prefect Office official Raffaella Corsaro told The AP on Thursday that the...

Polish president vetoes law on EU Parliament elections

Aug. 16, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president on Thursday vetoed legislation on elections to the European Union Parliament that would have benefited large political parties and made it harder for small parties to reach a threshold to win seats. Andrzej Duda said the legislation would have left "a large number...

Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

Aug. 16, 2018 3:57 AM EDT

LARA BEACH, Cyprus (AP) — For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years. Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on...

Italy hunts for blame in bridge collapse that killed 39

Aug. 15, 2018 9:15 PM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — As more bodies were pulled Wednesday from a mountain of jagged concrete and twisted steel left by a highway bridge collapse that killed 39, prosecutors focused on possible design flaws and past maintenance of the heavily used span, and politicians squabbled over blame. Motorists,...

The Latest: White House says Turkey treated pastor 'badly'

Aug. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The White House says "we won't forget" how Turkey has treated a detained American pastor, after a court rejected his appeal for release. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Andrew...

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...