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EU Commission chief to have emergency gallbladder operation

Aug. 17, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has had to cut short his summer holiday and be rushed to his home nation of Luxembourg where he will undergo an emergency gallbladder operation. The European Union's executive said in a statement that the 64-year-old Juncker "will undergo an...

Aid group: Italy must let all migrants off rescue ship

Aug. 16, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Three ailing migrants and a family member were evacuated Friday from a Spanish rescue ship anchored near a southern Italian island but 134 others remained stuck on the boat as Italy's political battle over migration raged on. The humanitarian ship Open Arms had rescued 147 migrants in the...

Italian court suspends Salvini's ban on migrant rescue ship

Aug. 14, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian court has upheld an appeal by the Spanish rescue ship Open Arms, suspending the Italian Interior Ministry's decision to ban the ship from entering Italian waters. The rescue ship with 147 migrants onboard has been stuck in the Mediterranean for nearly two weeks due to the ban imposed...

Correction: Europe-Migrants story

Aug. 14, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a story Aug. 13 about migrants, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Vincent Cochetel was International Red Cross envoy for the central Mediterranean. His title is UNHCR special envoy for the Mediterranean. A corrected version of the story is below: UN urges reluctant EU...

The Latest: Ocean Viking asks Italy, Malta for a safe harbor

Aug. 13, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The latest on migrants trying to enter Europe (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Two charity groups operating the Ocean Viking rescue ship have formally asked Italy and Malta to allow the 356 migrants aboard to disembark in their ports. After four consecutive days of search and rescue operations in...

Spanish boat with 121 migrants asks 3 EU states to find port

Aug. 8, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish humanitarian boat that has been carrying 121 migrants for a week in the central Mediterranean awaiting a safe port to dock has asked Spain, France and Germany for help. Open Arms said Thursday that it sent letters to the governments of the three countries asking for them to request...

Europe pushes World Bank official Georgieva for top IMF job

Aug. 2, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European governments have decided to put forward World Bank official Kristalina Georgieva from Bulgaria as their candidate to replace Christine Lagarde as head of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund. Georgieva prevailed in a vote Friday among EU governments over...

Trump says new agreement with EU will boost beef exports

Aug. 2, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated a new agreement Friday that is projected to increase beef exports to the European Union by more than $270 million a year once it is fully in place. Trump portrayed the agreement as standing up for farmers and ranchers. Producers have been hurt by...

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister 'childish'

Aug. 1, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country's foreign minister, describing the move Thursday as "childish" and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani's remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it had imposed...

Boris Johnson's Conservatives face test in special election

Aug. 1, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — After a first week in office that saw him booed in Scotland and berated in Belfast, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was facing his first electoral test on Thursday — a special election that could see his Conservative government's working majority in Parliament cut to just one...