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FILE  - In this Sunday Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory greets churchgoers at St. Mathews Cathedral after the annual Red Mass in Washington. Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the churchmen would be elevated to a cardinal’s rank in a ceremony on Nov. 28.  (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 1st Black US prelate

Oct. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. In a surprise announcement from his studio window to faithful standing below in St. Peter’s Square,...

A demonstrator takes a  mock copy of Cyprus passport during a demonstration against corruption outside of the conference center in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Protesters called for the resignation of Cyprus' Parliamentary Speaker Demetris Syllouris amid corruption allegations involving the country's now defunct citizenship-for-investment program. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

EU takes action against Malta, Cyprus for 'golden passports'

Oct. 20, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission launched infringements procedures Tuesday against Cyprus and Malta over their “golden passport” programs, in which wealthy people can acquire EU citizenship in exchange for an investment. The EU's executive said the lucrative schemes are in violation of...

A group of people, thought to be migrants wait on a Border Force rib to come ashore at Dover marina in Kent, England after a small boat incident in the English Channel, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

EU states accept plan as a basis to revamp asylum policy

Oct. 8, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers agreed Thursday that sweeping new proposals to revamp the bloc's failed asylum system should form the basis for negotiations on building a fresh policy for managing the arrival of unauthorized migrants in Europe. However, the ministers sought clarification...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William and Prince Louis react as Prince George holds the tooth of a giant shark given to him by Naturalist Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough for an outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Britain's young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Culture Minister Jose Herrera reversed himself after facing a backlash for announcing his intention to reclaim the shark tooth fossil that had been a gift to 7-year-old prince from British naturalist and TV...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William, centre, and Kate, the  Duchess of Cambridge, react with Naturalist David Attenborough, left, with their children, Prince George, seated, Princess Charlotte, right and Prince Louis, foreground, in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough to watch a private outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Malta seeks shark tooth fossil presented to Prince George

Sep. 28, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britain’s Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s. Culture Minister Jose Herrera said he will...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William, centre, and Kate, the  Duchess of Cambridge, react with Naturalist David Attenborough, left, with their children, Prince George, seated, Princess Charlotte, right and Prince Louis, foreground, in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough to watch a private outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Attenborough gives shark tooth to 7-year-old Prince George

Sep. 27, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough has given Britain’s Prince George a giant shark tooth fossil after a private viewing of his new documentary at Kensington Palace. Photos released by the palace showed the 7-year-old prince looking intrigued as he looked at the tooth...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a statement at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

EU proposes new asylum system to help frontline nations

Sep. 23, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union announced a major overhaul of its asylum system Wednesday in hopes that more countries will finally share responsibility for people landing on Europe’s shores seeking sanctuary or better lives. The move comes after years of chaos and dispute among the bloc's 27...

Migrants on the Danish-flagged tanker Maersk Etienne wait to be transferred on the Mediterranea NGO's Mare Jonio rescue ship, background, in the Mediterranean Sea, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. The migrants have been stuck at sea since the Danish-flagged chemical tanker rescued them from a flimsy fishing boat just before it sank in the central Mediterranean, with neither Italy nor Malta offering a safe port to disembark. The 186-meter-long (610-foot) tanker, the Maersk Etienne, had sounded an alarm that food and fresh water were running low. (Mediterranea Saving Humans via AP)

Humanitarian ship takes 27 migrants from Danish tanker

Sep. 11, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Twenty-seven migrants who have grown increasingly distressed aboard a Danish tanker since being rescued at sea more than a month ago have been transferred to a humanitarian rescue ship, a nongovernmental organization said Friday. Mediterranea Saving Humans immediately appealed to Malta to...

From left to right, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela , attend a media conference after an emergency summit in Porticcio, Corsica island, Thursday Sept.10, 2020. Leaders of EU countries on the Mediterranean Sea are holding an emergency summit in Corsica on Thursday amid fears of open conflict with Turkey stemming from mounting tensions over oil and gas drilling. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP)

Southern EU leaders urge Turkey to end "unilateral" actions

Sep. 10, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Leaders of seven southern European countries on Thursday urged Turkey to end “unilateral and illegal activities” in the eastern Mediterranean and resume dialogue to ease tensions in the region. Heads of states and government of France, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Italy, Spain and...

Denmark, Tunisia tussle over taking in rescued Med migrants

Sep. 8, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark on Monday said Tunisia was responsible for taking in 27 migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean by a Danish-flagged tanker that has not been able to find a European port to accept them, a claim that Tunisia is rejecting. The dispute over who should take in the...