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Italy's Salvini agrees to let 27 minors off migrant ship

Aug. 17, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister buckled under pressure Saturday and agreed to let 27 unaccompanied minors leave a migrant rescue ship after two weeks at sea, temporarily easing a political standoff that has threatened the viability of the populist government. In recent days, Premier...

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...

Vandals react as North Macedonia changes historical plaques

Aug. 16, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Efforts by North Macedonia's government to re-label public statues of historic figures, under a deal with neighboring Greece, have gotten off to a rocky start. Overnight, vandals removed plaques installed Thursday on three statues in the capital, Skopje, of ancient Greek...

Merkel to meet UK prime minister soon to discuss Brexit

Aug. 16, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel could meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson soon to discuss Brexit, her spokesman said Friday. Asked about reports of a possible imminent meeting, Steffen Seibert told reporters that "indeed, a meeting is planned in the very near future." Seibert said it...

The Latest: US to revoke visas held by crew of Iranian ship

Aug. 15, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on Iranian supertanker at center of Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 4:05 a.m. The State Department says it will revoke U.S. visas for crew members on an Iranian oil tanker that was seized by authorities in Gibraltar for sanctions violations but released Thursday. The...

Weak global growth likely to mean US slowdown, not recession

Aug. 15, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American manufacturers and...

Italy's PM: Salvini 'obsessed' with blocking migrants at sea

Aug. 15, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A humanitarian boat carrying 147 migrants rescued at sea was eventually allowed to let nine persons disembark Thursday night on a tiny Italian island, but the others were stuck aboard for a 15th night, as the drama was swept up in Italy's rapidly worsening government crisis. With a political...

Metallica donates to Romanian pediatric cancer hospital

Aug. 15, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Metallica says it has donated 250,000 euros ($277,600) to support the construction of Romania's first pediatric oncology hospital. The American heavy metal band, which is very popular in Romania, made the donation ahead of their sold-out show Wednesday in Romania's National Arena,...

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

Aug. 15, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The British overseas territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S., potentially easing tensions between London and Tehran, which still holds a British-flagged vessel. The release of the Grace 1 comes amid a growing...