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As Malta disembarks migrants more charity-govt clashes loom

Aug. 23, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Malta agreed Friday to disembark 356 migrants who were trapped for two weeks on a rescue ship in the central Mediterranean, capping a week of standoffs between charities and governments that have exposed in dramatic ways Europe's inability to deal with migration from Africa. The Maltese armed...

The Latest: EU hails end to latest migrant boat standoff

Aug. 23, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the plight of migrants arriving in Europe (all times local): 1:40 p.m. The European Union is welcoming Malta's decision to allow a boatload of people rescued from the Mediterranean Sea to disembark on its shores and is urging the six countries that offered to take the migrants...

Italy's president to pols: make solid deal or elections soon

Aug. 22, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's president gave party leaders a few more days to try to forge a solid, durable governing coalition but served notice they must convince him soon they have found a formula for a new majority in Parliament or else he'll call early elections. President Sergio Mattarella made clear that only...

Weekslong migrant standoffs in Med becoming 'new normal'

Aug. 22, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A rescue ship carrying 356 people, mostly Africans, rescued in the Mediterranean off Libya is nearing two weeks at sea without being assigned a safe port to offload its traumatized passengers — a situation one charity worker decried as "the new normal" as Europe fails to devise a...

The Latest: Italy's president gives parties more time

Aug. 22, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on political developments as Italy tries to form new government (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Italian President Sergio Mattarella says he has agreed to political leaders' request for more time to see if a viable government can be formed to replace the one that collapsed this week....

The Latest: Portugal offers to take 35 people from Med. ship

Aug. 22, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 6;55 p.m. Portugal is offering to take 35 people from the Ocean Viking rescue ship, following an appeal by the European Commission. The Portuguese government said in a statement Thursday that France, Germany, Romania and Luxembourg are...

Italian populist mixes religious symbols with his politics

Aug. 22, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends. The interior...

Italy's Democrats seek to ward off early vote and Salvini

Aug. 21, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Lawmakers in Italy's largest opposition party, the center-left Democrats, huddled Wednesday to see if they could gather enough support in parliament for a durable government and avoid an early election that could bring Matteo Salvini's euroskeptic, nationalist League party to power. Their...

The Latest: Albania rescues 36 Afghans in Aegean

Aug. 21, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the European migrant crisis (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Albania's Defense Ministry says its ship in the Aegean Sea has rescued 36 Afghans trying to cross into Greece. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka tweeted Wednesday that 19 Afghan children, eight women and nine men were rescued...

EU to move evacuated migrants from Italy; 350 still at sea

Aug. 21, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The first steps to relocate migrants who were kept at sea by Italy for nearly three weeks began on Wednesday as a new crisis loomed with more than 350 rescued people still on board a rescue ship in high seas. The Ocean Viking, which is operated by the Doctors without Borders and SOS...