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Macron says UN refugee agency attacked, decries Libya camps

Jul. 22, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron called on Libyan authorities Monday to stop holding transiting refugees in detention camps and said buildings of the United Nations' refugee agency in Libya were attacked earlier in the day. Macron did not elaborate on the attack he said was carried out on...

Fire forces cancellations of high-speed trains in Italy

Jul. 22, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A suspected arson fire threw Italy's high-speed rail system into chaos Monday, forcing the cancellation of dozens of train runs and frustrating vacationers and commuters along the heavily-traveled Milan-Naples corridor. The state railways company said the suspicious fire occurred near Rovezzano...

Sea-Watch 3 captain calls for EU action on migrants rescues

Jul. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new political standoffs. Carola Rackete, captain of the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, was questioned by...

Italy's Salvini bows to pressure to respond on Russia report

Jul. 16, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini bowed Tuesday to days of pressure and agreed to respond to questions in Parliament about allegations that an associate sought Russian money for Salvini's pro-Moscow League party. The associate, Gianluca Savoini, is under investigation by Milan prosecutors...

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris

Jul. 15, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday after police were ordered to clear the site. Residents set fire to tires, mattresses, and garbage to try and deter the police in riot gear. But authorities doused the blaze and proceeded with the...

The Latest: Greece vows to speed up migrant deportations

Jul. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe migration issues (all times local): 4 p.m. Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members. Prime...

Italy: Salvini aide behind lobbyist presence at Putin dinner

Jul. 14, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian premier's office on Sunday distanced itself from a lobbyist who is under investigation for allegedly seeking Russian money for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's pro-Moscow League party, saying the man attended a recent dinner for visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin only...

Italy: Lawmakers want Salvini to explain alleged Russia deal

Jul. 11, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Italy demanded Thursday to have Interior Minister Matteo Salvini appear in Parliament about allegations that a covert Russian oil sale scheme was devised to fund his pro-Moscow League party. Democratic Party lawmakers pressed for a parliamentary inquiry following another...

Italian minister Salvini closes migrant center in Sicily

Jul. 9, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister on Tuesday closed a migrant center in Sicily he called the largest in Europe, as he underlined the decrease in migrant arrivals since the populist government took office a year ago. Matteo Salvini told reporters in Mineo, Sicily that the number of migrants...

Malta OKs transfer of 65 migrants from German ship to port

Jul. 7, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Malta's government has agreed to help 65 rescued migrants by transferring them from a German-operated rescue boat to a Maltese military vessel that will take them to a Maltese port. Malta announced the decision on Sunday afternoon after talks with the European Commission and the German...