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Greece claims Turkey endangered migrants in Aegean accident

Aug. 03, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's migration minister has accused neighboring Turkey of allegedly endangering migrants at sea and ignoring an agreement with the EU to stem illegal migration into Europe, citing survivor testimony from a recent boat accident in the Aegean. In...

Lithuania to turn migrants crossing in from Belarus away

Aug. 03, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has ordered its border guards to turn away, by force if needed, migrants attempting to enter the Baltic country, as a surge of Iraqis and others coming in from neighboring Belarus has emerged as a major foreign policy issue. ...

NATO, EU join criticism of Iran over merchant ship attack

Aug. 03, 2021 07:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The NATO military alliance and the European Union on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of international condemnation of Iran’s alleged attack on a merchant ship in the Arabian Sea last week and urged Tehran to respect its international obligations. Last...

Nicaragua party lists presidential candidate despite arrests

Aug. 02, 2021 22:38 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A conservative coalition registered a former leader of the 1980s Contra rebels Monday as a presidential candidate to challenge the re-election bid by President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua's Nov. 7 elections. The Citizens for Liberty coalition...

Italy's Draghi wins confidence votes on justice reforms

Aug. 02, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Premier Mario Draghi's government easily won two confidence votes early Tuesday, securing approval from lawmakers in Parliament's lower chamber for a key justice system overhaul that Italy needs as part of reforms to help secure generous pandemic recovery funds from the European...

In heat emergency, southern Europe scrambles for resources

Aug. 02, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave baking southeast Europe has fueled deadly wildfires in Turkey and threatened the national power grid in Greece as governments scrambled Monday to secure the resources needed to cope with the emergency. Temperatures reached 45 C (113 F)...

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

Aug. 02, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

BOZALAN, Turkey (AP) — Selcuk Sanli set his two cows loose, put his family’s most treasured belongings in a car and fled his home as a wildfire approached his village near Turkey's beach resort of Bodrum, one of thousands fleeing flames that have coated the skies with a thick yellow haze....

EU to aid Lithuania as migrants pour in from Belarus

Aug. 02, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — European Union officials on Monday pledged millions of euros to help Lithuania tackle a migrant crisis that it blames on the government of neighboring Belarus and its authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko. Ylva Johansson, the EU...

UK eases travel restrictions as industry lobbies for more

Aug. 02, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. and the European Union on Monday as travel industry leaders urged the government to further ease restrictions and allow people to enjoy the benefits of a successful COVID-19 inoculation program. ...

Poland's PM wants accord with EU on law and judiciary

Aug. 02, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says he wants to reach “some kind of accord” with the European Union amid a standoff over the way Poland's government has sought to discipline judges and other judicial changes. His comments,...