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Malta customs seizes 740 kg of cocaine hidden among bananas

Jun. 08, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The customs department in Malta intercepted 740 kilograms (1,630 pounds) of cocaine Tuesday in a record-breaking drug seizure for the Mediterranean island nation, officials said. The drugs, with an estimated street value of up to 100 million euro,...

Proposal to decriminalize abortion prompts debate in Malta

May. 27, 2021 04:50 AM EDT

VALETTA, Malta (AP) — A proposal to decriminalize abortion in Malta has stirred up a polarized debate on an issue long considered taboo in the country with the strictest abortion laws in the European Union. Independent lawmaker Marlene Farrugia caught many by surprise...

The Latest: Haiti imposes curfew, mask use for pandemic

May. 24, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico has ended a nightly pandemic curfew after more than a year in force and will allow vaccinated visitors to enter the island without a negative coronavirus test result. The island has been under a curfew since March 2020, when the...

Rock band Maneskin wins Eurovision Song Contest for Italy

May. 22, 2021 20:05 PM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A four-piece band of Italian rockers won the Eurovision Song Contest in the early hours of Sunday, giving one of the countries hit hardest in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic reason to cheer. Maneskin’s win was only Italy’s third...

First 10 acts qualify for Eurovision Song Contest final

May. 18, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — After the COVID-19 pandemic halted last year's edition, the Eurovision Song Contest roared back to life Tuesday, spectacularly celebrating not just Euro beats, but also the opportunity for fans to watch the first semifinal live. “We are...

Migrant arrivals by sea on Italian island swell past 2,100

May. 10, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several hundred more migrants reached a tiny Italian island before dawn on Monday, swelling to past 2,100 the number of arrivals in around 24 hours and fueling calls from across the political spectrum for the Italian government to strengthen its migration policies. ...

Carbon emissions from energy dropped 10% in the EU last year

May. 07, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion dropped 10% in the European Union last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates from the EU's statistical office. Eurostat said in a statement Friday that emissions fell in all of the...

Deaths at sea highlight failings in Europe migration policy

May. 04, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — As the waves pounded the gray rubber boat carrying more than 100 Africans hoping to reach Europe from Libya, those aboard dialed the number for migrants in distress frantically. In the series of calls to the Alarm Phone hotline, passengers explained that the dinghy had run out...

Over 800 migrants rescued at sea head to Italy

May. 01, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Two Italian ports faced an influx of hundreds of migrants on Saturday, as a charity ship sailed toward a Sicilian port with 236 people rescued in the Mediterranean from traffickers' boats, while Italian coast guard and border police brought 532 others to a tiny island. ...

Rescue groups decry loss of migrant lives in Mediterranean

Apr. 25, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rescue groups and the Vatican are decrying the latest deaths of migrants who put to sea in traffickers’ unseaworthy boats, amid laments that central Mediterranean nations are choosing not to dispatch vessels to save them. Aid group Alarm Phone said in a...