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FDA food safety official resigns, cites structural issues

Jan. 25, 2023 16:22 PM EST

The federal Food and Drug Administration's top food safety official resigned Wednesday, citing concerns about the agency's oversight structure and the infant formula crisis that led to a nationwide shortage. Frank Yiannas, the deputy commissioner for food policy and response since...

Red Crescent: 8 dead, 58 missing after shipwreck off Libya

Jan. 25, 2023 12:12 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying Europe-bound migrants capsized off Libya, killing at least eight people, while 58 others were still missing, the country's Red Crescent said Wednesday. Tawfik al-Shukri, spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent, said the shipwreck took place Tuesday off...

Cyprus so far strips 222 people of 'golden passports'

Jan. 18, 2023 13:08 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The government of Cyprus has stripped 222 wealthy investors and their family members of citizenship, an official said Wednesday, part of efforts to mend a reputation sullied by an investment-for-passports program that an inquiry found had unlawfully granted citizenships in...

Official: Apartment building collapse in Egypt kills 6

Jan. 08, 2023 14:41 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least six people were killed Sunday when an apartment building collapsed in southern Egypt, a senior official said. Building collapses are common in Egypt, where shoddy construction and a lack of maintenance are widespread in shantytowns, poor city neighborhoods and...

Libya says boat with 700 Europe-bound migrants intercepted

Dec. 31, 2022 04:58 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A vessel carrying at least 700 migrants was intercepted off the eastern coast of Libya, the coast guard said. It was one of the largest interceptions in recent months of migrants seeking a better life in Europe through the war-torn North African country. The coast...

Charities say new Italian rules will limit rescues at sea

Dec. 29, 2022 15:29 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Charities that rescue migrants at sea complained Thursday that new measures adopted by Italy's right-wing government will limit their rescue capacity, setting lives at risk. The government this week approved rules requiring rescue ships to request a port immediately...

Paphos bishop elected as new leader of Cyprus Church

Dec. 24, 2022 07:53 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ Orthodox Church on Saturday elected Paphos Bishop Georgios as its new leader following the death last month of Archbishop Chrysostomos II. The 73-year-old cleric received nine votes from the 16-member Holy Synod, the church’s highest decision...

US deaths fell this year, but not to pre-COVID levels

Dec. 14, 2022 14:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. deaths dropped this year, but there are still more than there were before the coronavirus hit. Preliminary data — through the first 11 months of the year — indicates 2022 will see fewer deaths than the previous two COVID-19 pandemic years....

Aid groups dock 2 rescue vessels with 500 migrants in Italy

Dec. 11, 2022 11:03 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Two European aid groups docked their rescue vessels in Italian ports on Sunday and some 500 would-be refugees disembarked, even as the government insisted it wasn’t backing down on its hard line against migrant smuggling operations from North Africa. The Geo Berents,...

EU-Med countries seek more flexible gas price cap mechanism

Dec. 09, 2022 16:11 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Leaders and representatives of nine Mediterranean and Southern European countries on Friday called on the European Union to come up with a more flexible gas price cap mechanism than the recently proposed cap of 220 euros ($232) per megawatt hour. The call made at a...