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Spanish PM vows to exhume Franco from controversial site

Jun. 18, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday he wants to remove the remains of the late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from a controversial mausoleum and turn the site into a monument for reconciliation. Sanchez told national broadcaster TVE that Spain "cannot afford symbols that separate...

The Latest: Head of Germany's migration office fired

Jun. 15, 2018 3:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Germany's interior minister has fired the head of the country's migration authority amid a scandal over the allegedly improper approval of over a thousand asylum requests. News agency dpa reported the German Interior...

The Latest: US Navy ship seeks to disembark rescued migrants

Jun. 14, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 8:50 p.m. A U.S. Navy vessel is waiting to learn where it can disembark 40 migrants who survived a capsizing off Libya. Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a U.S. 6th Fleet spokesman, said discussions were ongoing Thursday evening, two...

The Latest: Argentina looking up at towering foe Iceland

Jun. 13, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest at the World Cup , including the FIFA Congress vote for the 2026 hosting rights (all times local): 9:23 p.m. In theory, two-time World Cup winner Argentina really shouldn't be fearful of facing tournament rookies Iceland. But there is a bit of worry in the Argentina camp: the...

Spain minister resigns over tax record after days in office

Jun. 13, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's minister of culture resigned Wednesday after just under a week in office after news reports revealed he was fined a decade ago for evading thousands of euros (dollars) in taxes. Maxim Huerta, a former television presenter and writer, said he did nothing illegal, but chose to step down...

Migrant rescue ship standoff in Mediterranean divides Europe

Jun. 12, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

POZZALLO, Sicily (AP) — Italy's populist government on Tuesday lashed out at France for criticizing its refusal to allow safe harbor for a rescue ship with 629 migrants, instead sending two military vessels to take on some of the migrant passengers in the waters off Sicily and escort the ship on a dayslong...

The Latest: US Navy confirms Mediterranean rescue operation

Jun. 12, 2018 2:20 PM EDT

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass immigration (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The U.S. Navy has confirmed that one of its ships was involved in a rescue operation in the Mediterranean. The U.S. Sixth Fleet, which is based in Naples, Italy, said in a brief statement to The...

Italy's new leaders get tough on migrants; Spain steps up

Jun. 11, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's new "Italians first" government claimed victory Monday when the Spanish prime minister offered safe harbor to a private rescue ship after Italy and Malta refused to allow it permission to disembark its 629 migrant passengers in their ports. The Aquarius, a rescue vessel operated by aid...

The Latest: Italy: Today is turning point in EU migration

Jun. 11, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement says the government's refusal to let a migrant ship dock — and Spain's offer to take it instead — marks a turning point in Europe's long migrant crisis. Deputy Premier...

Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia

Jun. 9, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The new Spanish government minister tasked with managing the Catalonia region's secession movement said Saturday that constitutional reform would help end the country's worst political crisis in nearly four decades. Meritxell Batet, a Catalan lawmaker sworn in Thursday as Spain's...