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The Latest: Ship rescues 30 more migrants off Libya

Nov. 20, 2019 10:11 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants arriving in Europe (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The humanitarian ship Ocean Viking has rescued another 30 people from a boat in distress off the Libyan coast, bringing the total number of migrants aboard the rescue vessel to 125. Doctors Without Borders said on...

Italian prosecutors investigate ex-minister Salvini

Nov. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Prosecutors in Sicily are investigating former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for not allowing a humanitarian rescue ship to enter Italian waters this summer. The news agency ANSA said Salvini was being investigated for abduction and dereliction of duty for the 20-day stand-off with...

High tides surge through Venice, locals rush to protect art

Nov. 15, 2019 4:22 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Exceptionally high tidal waters rolled relentlessly through Venice again on Friday, forcing the closure of St. Mark’s Square to the public and flooding most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center before easing. Forecasters warned that the danger for more...

Spain's reinvigorated far right makes its presence felt

Nov. 11, 2019 2:30 PM EST

TORRE-PACHECO, Spain (AP) — To understand Spain's polarized politics, a visitor to the southern farming town of Torre-Pacheco needs only to read the graffiti scrawled near a main square. Next to a bull's-eye drawn on a wall are the crossed-out words "Go away, Moors" — an old term for Muslims from...

The Latest: Spanish interim PM seeks support to end deadlock

Nov. 10, 2019 11:23 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spain's election (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Spain's interim prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, has called on political opponents to be "responsible" and "generous" by allowing a Socialist-led government to end the monthslong political deadlock. With 96% of the votes counted,...

Socialists win Spain's election, but far right surges

Nov. 10, 2019 11:19 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's Socialists won Spain's national election on Sunday but large gains by the upstart far-right Vox party appear certain to widen the political deadlock in the European Union's fifth-largest economy. After a fourth national ballot in as many years and the...

Italy presses steelmaker to agree deal on plant, save jobs

Nov. 7, 2019 2:05 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy has given steel maker ArcelorMittal a few days to agree to a plan to keep operating a major southern Italian steel plant, where the company says legal challenges and a "climate of hostility" will hinder its business plans. Political pressure was building Thursday both within Italy's...

Auschwitz survivor a focus of Italy's anti-Semitic tensions

Nov. 7, 2019 10:15 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor who is a senator-for-life in Italy has unwittingly provoked one of the country's most intense confrontations with anti-Semitism since the end of Italy's Fascist dictatorship during World War II. In response to revelations that she is subject to 200 social...

Right-wing Italian leader's party triumphs in local vote

Oct. 28, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Buoyed by a far-right ally, Matteo Salvini's euroskeptic League party triumphed in voting in an Italian region where the left had held power for some 50 years, dealing a humiliating blow to the national government's coalition parties. Results Monday from balloting a day earlier for the...

Vote in a small Italian region seen as 1st coalition test

Oct. 27, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Voting for governor of Italy's small Umbria region is being watched as a first electoral test of the country's uneasy coalition of governing parties. The two main parties in Premier Giuseppe Conte's new government, the populist 5-Star Movement and the center-left Democratic Party, teamed up in...