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EU ministers urge action over Turkey's drilling off Cyprus

Jun. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — European Union foreign ministers on Tuesday urged the 28-member bloc to immediately draw up a list of "appropriate measures" against Turkey for drilling for gas in waters were EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg expressed "grave...

Greek PM seeks Turkey condemnation by EU leaders

Jun. 18, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is urging European Union leaders to condemn Turkey over its actions in a natural gas drilling dispute in the Eastern Mediterranean. In a statement Tuesday, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said EU leaders should "unambiguously condemn the illegal actions of Turkey" when they...

Turkey: 12 dead, 31 rescued after migrant boat sinks

Jun. 17, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off the Turkish coast on Monday, leaving at least 12 migrants dead, Turkey's coast guard said. The coast guard said 31 other migrants were rescued after the boat capsized in the Aegean Sea, off the coast of Bodrum. The region is close to the...

The Latest: Spain saves 292 migrants crossing Mediterranean

Jun. 17, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Spain's maritime rescue service says it has rescued 292 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe from North Africa. The agency says those rescued from five boats Monday included 17 women and three...

North Macedonia police detain 50 migrants within days

Jun. 16, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Police in North Macedonia say they apprehended 50 Europe-bound migrants who allegedly entered the country from Greece. A police statement said officers chasing a jeep Saturday on the main north-south highway in central North Macedonia found 10 people from Pakistan inside when...

Aging grand hotel highlights the ethnic division in Cyprus

Jun. 16, 2019 4:02 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — With Italian chandeliers still hanging in the lobby, the Ledra Palace Hotel in Cyprus still manages to hold onto a flicker of its old majesty despite the shell craters and bullet holes that scar its sandstone facade. It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of glitterati high-heels...

Turkey slams southern EU nations on drilling bid off Cyprus

Jun. 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Saturday criticized southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a declaration issued by the...

Southern EU leaders seek united policy front at meeting

Jun. 14, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leaders of southern European nations gathered in Malta on Friday to build a united front on key economic and political issues before next week's European Council meeting. Key European Union jobs, migration issues and climate change were at the top of the agenda in Valletta, where the...

Greek unemployment, highest in EU, dips in early 2019

Jun. 13, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek national statistics show that unemployment, long the highest in the European Union, fell in the first quarter when compared to last year, but still afflicts around one in five Greeks. The country's statistical authority said Thursday that the unemployment rate was 19.2% in the...

Czech Republic urges EU to start talks with North Macedonia

Jun. 11, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Czech prime minister is urging the European Union to start accession talks with North Macedonia, saying failure to do so would send the wrong message to would-be members of the bloc. Andrej Babish says EU leaders should "keep their word" in starting negotiations with the...