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Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island

Aug. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government's hard-line interior minister has refused to let the 107 passengers disembark. "We have been warning for days, desperation has its limits," said Open Arms...

The Latest: Migrant aid group refuses to sail to Spain

Aug. 18, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 2:40 p.m. A spokeswoman for Spanish humanitarian group Open Arms has told The Associated Press that the organization is not willing to sail to Spain's southern Algeciras port given the emergency situation that they are experiencing on...

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...

Italian cycling great Felice Gimondi dies at age 76

Aug. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Felice Gimondi, one of only seven cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours, has died. He was 76. The Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) said efforts to resuscitate Gimondi failed after the Italian suffered a heart attack while swimming on vacation in Sicily on Friday and died the same day....

Today in History

Aug. 17, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2019. There are 136 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 17, 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at Spandau Prison at age 93, an apparent suicide. On this date: In 1863, federal batteries...

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...

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...

The Latest: 9 migrants let off rescue boat at Italian isle

Aug. 15, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on immigration in Europe (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Authorities have allowed nine people to disembark from a Spanish humanitarian boat on an Italian island, but the 138 other migrants aren't being allowed to get off. The Open Arms boat tweeted Thursday night that five migrants...

European theaters mostly wait-and-see on Domingo accusations

Aug. 14, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — While two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses are taking stances ranging from supportive to wait-and-see. The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera immediately announced they...

The Latest: No cancellations for Placido Domingo in Europe

Aug. 14, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations by famed tenor Placido Domingo (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Two Spanish sopranos have come out in defense of tenor Placido Domingo following an Associated Press story in which numerous women accused the opera legend of sexual harassment and...