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Macron: Italy, Malta must know who'll take rescued migrants

Sep. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — France's president assured Italy's new government Wednesday night that he is working for a standing arrangement under which European Union nations would take a share of rescued migrants, seeking to avoid standoffs at sea aboard humanitarian boats that Italian and Maltese authorities refuse to...

Renzi splits Italy's Democrats, shaking govt coalition

Sep. 17, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has left the ruling Democratic Party to set up a new centrist force, in a risky move that further weakens the already shaky government forged only two weeks ago by the center-left Democrats and the populist 5-Star Movement. Renzi announced his departure with...

Vigilantes in Slovenia patrol borders to keep out migrants

Sep. 17, 2019 3:28 AM EDT

RADOVICA, Slovenia (AP) — Blaz Zidar has a mission: patrol along a razor-wire fence on Slovenia's border with Croatia, catch migrants trying to climb over, hand them to police and make sure they are swiftly sent out of the country. The 47-year-old former Slovenian army soldier, dressed in camouflage...

Italian hard-liner Salvini vows to return League to power

Sep. 15, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

PONTIDA, Italy (AP) — Down but not out, Matteo Salvini pledged Sunday to tens of thousands of die-hard backers of his populist League that he will return to power stronger than before, as he seeks to rebound from a grave political miscalculation that pushed his party from government. "I'd rather concede...

Italy: Rescue boat with 82 migrants can sail to Italian isle

Sep. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — Italy allowed a charity rescue ship to sail Saturday to a tiny southern island so that 82 migrants aboard could be transferred to shore, but the country's foreign minister cautioned against interpreting the move as a sign the new government is easing a crackdown on...

Italy's new pro-EU govt wins vote, now faces 2020 budget

Sep. 10, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's new pro-Europe government won a final confidence vote Tuesday in the Senate, clearing a key hurdle as it prepares to draft a painful budget law that risks splitting the already shaky coalition. After easily clinching a first confidence vote Monday in the lower...

Italy's Conte wins first confidence vote in Parliament

Sep. 9, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Monday won the first of two mandatory confidence votes on his four-day-old coalition of rival parties, after a day of fielding insults during a boisterous Parliament session from an opposition outraged that Italy got a new government instead of a new election....

The Latest: Italian premier wins first confidence vote

Sep. 9, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italian government politics (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Premier Giuseppe Conte has won a crucial confidence vote in Parliament's lower house on his new coalition government. The 343-263 vote confirmed a comfortable margin in the Chamber of Deputies for the four-day old...

Shipwreck survivor rescues migrants trying to reach Europe

Sep. 8, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — Every time Hassan Ali Salem pulls a man, woman or child from a rickety boat or straight out of the water, he relives his own trauma in the Mediterranean Sea. The Egyptian says he was just 16 when he survived a shipwreck in 2004, saved by another migrant who drowned when a...

Johnson and Salvini: 2 soaring stars lose big political bets

Sep. 7, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Who would have bet that two soaring stars of European politics would have gambled so badly on strategic power plays? Both British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Italian right-wing politician Matteo Salvini found themselves in corners this week, each in his own way having lost bets that their...