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Italy's Salvini bows to pressure to respond on Russia report

Jul. 16, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini bowed Tuesday to days of pressure and agreed to respond to questions in Parliament about allegations that an associate sought Russian money for Salvini's pro-Moscow League party. The associate, Gianluca Savoini, is under investigation by Milan prosecutors...

Italian police clear migrant squatters amid burning debris

Jul. 15, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrants and squatters set up burning barricades at an abandoned school outside Rome on Monday after police were ordered to clear the site. Residents set fire to tires, mattresses, and garbage to try and deter the police in riot gear. But authorities doused the blaze and proceeded with the...

The Latest: Greece vows to speed up migrant deportations

Jul. 15, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe migration issues (all times local): 4 p.m. Officials from Greece's new conservative government have vowed to speed up the asylum process for migrants and refugees and restart deportations to neighboring Turkey despite renewed tension between the two NATO members. Prime...

Italy: Salvini aide behind lobbyist presence at Putin dinner

Jul. 14, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian premier's office on Sunday distanced itself from a lobbyist who is under investigation for allegedly seeking Russian money for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's pro-Moscow League party, saying the man attended a recent dinner for visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin only...

Italy: Lawmakers want Salvini to explain alleged Russia deal

Jul. 11, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Italy demanded Thursday to have Interior Minister Matteo Salvini appear in Parliament about allegations that a covert Russian oil sale scheme was devised to fund his pro-Moscow League party. Democratic Party lawmakers pressed for a parliamentary inquiry following another...

Italian minister Salvini closes migrant center in Sicily

Jul. 9, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's hard-line interior minister on Tuesday closed a migrant center in Sicily he called the largest in Europe, as he underlined the decrease in migrant arrivals since the populist government took office a year ago. Matteo Salvini told reporters in Mineo, Sicily that the number of migrants...

Malta OKs transfer of 65 migrants from German ship to port

Jul. 7, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Malta's government has agreed to help 65 rescued migrants by transferring them from a German-operated rescue boat to a Maltese military vessel that will take them to a Maltese port. Malta announced the decision on Sunday afternoon after talks with the European Commission and the German...

The Latest: Spain rescues 300 migrants; 3 were on a kayak

Jul. 6, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 7.00 p.m. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says that nearly 300 African migrants have been rescued in two days trying to reach Europe's southernmost shores, including three men who had spent the night at sea on a kayak. Nearly 100 migrants...

Italian rescue ship docks in Italian port against ban

Jul. 6, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Italian rescue ship with 46 migrants on board docked Saturday without incident in the Italian port of Lampedusa against an explicit ban after declaring a state of emergency. Italy's hard-line interior minister Matteo Salvini — who has barred all private rescue ships from entering...

NGO ship with migrants barred from docking in Italy

Jul. 5, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian humanitarian group whose boat has been barred from docking in Lampedusa said it is waiting for about 40 migrants still onboard to be transferred to Malta on military patrols, a move that could possibly avert another standoff with Italy's populist government. Mediterranea Saving...