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In this image taken from a video, migrants wearing life-jackets swim toward shore, off the coast of Palermo, Italy, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The Spanish humanitarian rights group Open Arms said more than 70 migrants awaiting landfall off Palermo jumped ship in desperation on Thursday. The ship has been carrying some 280 people rescued at seas for nine days. Ten migrants also jumped into the sea off Sicily’s southern coast on Wednesday after receiving news that Malta had refused them entry, the NGO said. (Open Arms via AP)

Italy: 70 migrants on ship awaiting OK to land jump into sea

Sep. 17, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — More than 70 migrants on a rescue ship awaiting permission to dock in southern Italy jumped into the sea in frustration Thursday and were picked up by Italian authorities off Palermo, a Spanish humanitarian group said. The group's ship, which is also called Open Arms, had been carrying some...

Farm workers and activists march in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Demonstrators are protesting Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's infrastructure projects, including a thermoelectric plant in Morelos state and the

Mexico president attacks environmentalists' foreign funding

Aug. 28, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president launched a blistering attack on several environmentalist groups Friday, suggesting they were being paid by foreign foundations to oppose his controversial train project in the Yucatan peninsula. One group demanded President Andrés Manuel López Obrador...

A worker sweeps the Multiplaza Mall as shops prepare to open later in the morning, in Panama City, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. After nearly five months of quarantine, on Monday Panama is starting a partial reopening of the economy, with barbers, beauty salons, retail and car lots opening their doors, in an effort to revive the economy while preparing for another possible spike in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Panama lets some businesses reopen after 5-month lockdown

Aug. 17, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama allowed hair salons, retail shops and car lots to open Monday after five months of lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government also allowed public and private construction projects to resume and nongovernmental organizations to reopen in a bid to restart the teetering...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius answers questions during a meeting with the press in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vilnius, Lithuania. Lithuania is playing an outsized role among European Union nations amid a major crisis in neighboring Belarus. The EU's foreign ministers are meeting Friday Aug. 14, 2020 to discuss the brutal law enforcement crackdown on protesters who insist the Belarusian presidential election was rigged to keep the country's long-time authoritarian leader in power.  (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)

Small Lithuania has outsized role as EU faces Belarus crisis

Aug. 14, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lithuania is relatively small by European Union measures, but it is playing an outsized role as protesters in neighboring Belarus face a brutal law enforcement crackdown following a presidential election they say was rigged. As the EU’s foreign ministers meet Friday to discuss...

Frederic de Saint-Sernin, vice-CEO of non governmental organization ACTED, answers reporters in Paris, Monday Aug.10, 2020 in Paris. French anti-terrorism prosecutors formally opened an investigation one day after eight people, including six French nationals, were killed by gunmen in a Niger giraffe park. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)

Niger, French forces in search of gunmen who killed tourists

Aug. 10, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Armed forces from Niger and France have been deployed to pursue the gunmen who killed seven aid workers, mostly French citizens, and a leading guide in a Niger giraffe park considered one of the safer places in the vast West African country. The group had been on a day of sightseeing...

A protester uses a slingshot toward the Lebanese riot police, during anti-government protest following Tuesday's massive explosion which devastated Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9. 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The Latest: Another Lebanon Cabinet member resigns

Aug. 9, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 10 p.m. Lebanon’s environment minister has resigned. Kattar Demianos is the second Cabinet member to step down amid anger in the country following the blast that ripped across the capital of Beirut. Demianos said in a statement...

Lebanese soldiers stand among tear gas during clashes with protesters as part of a protest against the political elites and the government after this week's deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

The Latest: Beirut protesters enter government buildings

Aug. 8, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Dozens of Lebanese protesters have stormed the buildings of a number of government ministries and the headquarters of the country's banking association channeling their rage against state and financial institutions after the...

Serbian president defends probe against NGOs, other critics

Jul. 30, 2020 7:09 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian president on Thursday defended a probe into money laundering and terror financing launched against dozens of rights groups and independent journalists critical of his and his government's policies. Aleksandar Vucic denied that the investigation launched by the finance...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020 file photo, the Ocean Viking rescue ship of the humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee is moored at Porto Empedocle harbor, southern Italy. The humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Thursday, July 23, 2020, that Italian authorities have blocked its rescue ship in port and characterized the move as harassment. (Fabio Peonia/LaPresse via AP)

Aid group claims harassment in Italy's block of rescue boat

Jul. 23, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A migrant rescue organization said Thursday that Italian authorities have blocked its ship in a Sicilian port, characterizing the move as harassment. SOS Mediterranee’s ship arrived in Sicily on July 7 carrying 180 migrants who were rescued off Libya. The group said in a statement that...