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US opens criminal probe of Denmark's top bank amid scandal

Oct. 4, 2018 6:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The United States government has opened a criminal investigation into the flow of dirty money through the Estonian branch of Denmark's biggest bank, the lender said Thursday. Danske Bank says it is "in dialogue" with the U.S. Department of Justice, which had asked for information...

The Latest: Ferry carrying 300 makes port after malfunction

Oct. 2, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on stranded ferry in the Baltic Sea (all times local): 9:30 p.m. A ferry stranded in the Baltic Sea with about 300 people on board has reached a port in Lithuania with a navy escort. The Regina Seaways ferry, operated by Copenhagen-based DFDS, got stuck Tuesday after a...

Pope: Priestly abuse scandals driving Catholic faithful away

Sep. 25, 2018 8:41 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations. Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and...

The Latest: Pope says church judged unfairly on sex abuse

Sep. 25, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltics (all times local): 12:25 a.m. Pope Francis says it's unfair to apply contemporary moral standards to the Catholic Church's history of sex abuse cover-up since everyone covered up the crime in the past. In comments to reporters...

Pope warns Lithuanians against rebirth of anti-Semitism

Sep. 23, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis warned against historic revisionism and any rebirth of anti-Semitism that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance Sunday for Lithuania's centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II. Francis began his second day in the...

The Latest: Pope quips "I am the devil" next to John Paul

Sep. 22, 2018 12:44 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltic countries (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Pope Francis has acknowledged that his reputation pales a bit compared to St. John Paul II — at least as far as Poles are concerned. Greeting journalists Saturday en route to Lithuania,...

Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Sep. 22, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse...

Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics

Sep. 21, 2018 10:45 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union...

Danish bank CEO quits amid money laundering scandal

Sep. 19, 2018 8:42 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive of Denmark's largest bank resigned Wednesday after an internal report into allegations of massive money laundering via an Estonian subsidiary showed that "the vast majority" of transactions were deemed to be "suspicious." Danske Bank commissioned the probe...

Lithuania: Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts

Sep. 18, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained about the clothing, Lithuanian authorities said Tuesday. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were forcibly annexed by Moscow in 1940 and remained part of the Soviet...