Report criticizes probe into slaying of Malta journalist

World 05/29/19, 09:13

A Council of Europe report has criticized the "glacial" pace of the investigation into the car bomb assassination of a leading Maltese investigative journalist and called Wednesday for an independent public inquiry into the case.Three Maltese men are believed to have triggered the powerful car bomb that killed 53-year-old Daphne ...

EU elections primer: How they work, what could happen

Europe 05/26/19, 01:50

European voters are choosing lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. In all, 400 million voters in 28 nations have had the right to vote over the past four days. Here's a look at that massive exercise in democracy, a multi-national ballot by the ...

4 countries vote in high-stakes European Parliament election

Europe 05/25/19, 01:19

Voters in Slovakia, Malta, Latvia and the Czech Republic are casting ballots in European Parliament elections.The stakes for the European Union are especially high in this year's elections, which are taking place over four days and involve all 28 EU nations.Many predict nationalists and far-right groups will gain ground. They ...

EU elections primer: How they work, what could happen

Europe 05/23/19, 10:41

European voters started heading to the polls Thursday to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. In all, 400 million voters in 28 nations will be voting over the next four days. Here's a look at that massive exercise in democracy, a multi-national ...

Update: EU agency reports drop in migrant arrivals

Europe 05/14/19, 11:02

The Latest on European migration issues (all times local):6 p.m.The European Union's border agency says the number of migrants entering the bloc without authorization continues to drop.Frontex said Tuesday that it spotted 4,900 "illegal border crossings" in April, a fall of 19% over the previous month.In all, about 24,200 crossings ...

EU elections: how they work, what they might change

Europe 05/10/19, 03:04

About 400 million Europeans from 28 countries will head to the polls May 23-26 to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. Here's a look at that massive exercise in democracy, a multi-national ballot by the European Union's only democratically elected institution.___WHO, WHEN, ...

Poland, others mark 15 years in EU amid far-right protests

Europe 05/01/19, 12:20

Poland and other nations marked the 15th anniversary of their membership in the European Union with a leaders' summit in Warsaw, while far-right critics celebrated the occasion with protests Wednesday against the 28-nation bloc.Besides Poland, other countries that joined the EU on May 1, 2004, were Cyprus, the Czech Republic, ...

Malta announces deal to distribute 64 migrants from NGO ship

Europe 04/13/19, 02:33

Malta has announced a deal to distribute among four EU nations the 64 migrants rescued at sea off Libya 10 days ago.Malta announced Saturday that the migrants will be distributed among Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg. The migrants are being transferred to Maltese vessels and brought to port.However, Malta said ...

France to take in 20 migrants from NGO rescue ship off Malta

Europe 04/12/19, 05:52

France's interior minister says his country is ready to take in 20 of the migrants on a NGO rescue ship that is on its ninth day at sea.Christophe Castaner tweeted Friday that France, along with Germany and some other European partners, has agreed to welcome migrants out of "solidarity," to ...

Group: Migrant rescue ship low on supplies in Mediterranean

Europe 04/09/19, 09:56

Maltese armed forces on Tuesday evacuated for medical reasons one of 64 migrants aboard a German humanitarian rescue ship that has been at sea for six days as Europe haggles over where to provide safe port.The woman was suffering from dizziness, but officials from the German humanitarian group Sea-Eye said ...

Aid ship with 64 migrants stuck in Med, denied safe harbor

Europe 04/04/19, 06:50

A humanitarian ship with 64 rescued migrants aboard was stuck at sea on Thursday as Italy and Malta refuse it safe harbor.Their refusal sets the stage for another Mediterranean standoff that can only be resolved if European governments agree to accept the asylum-seekers.Carlotta Weibl, spokeswoman for the German humanitarian organization ...

3 migrants charged in Malta in hijacking of ship at sea

Europe 03/30/19, 06:08

Three teenage migrants have been charged in Malta with seizing control of a merchant ship and using force and intimidation, a crime considered a terrorist activity under Maltese law.One of the accused was identified by the court during the arraignment Saturday as Abdalla Bari, a 19-year-old from Guinea. The other ...

Libyan official: Migrants used metal tools to threaten crew

World 03/29/19, 09:16

A Libyan official says the migrants who commandeered an oil tanker that had rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea used metal tools to threaten the crew, forcing them to direct the ship toward Europe.Maltese armed forces stormed the vessel Thursday and detained five men suspected of leading the hijacking operation, ...

Tanker hijacked by rescued migrants arrives safely in Malta

Europe 03/28/19, 08:30

A Maltese special operations team boarded a tanker Thursday that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea and recaptured control of it before escorting it to a Maltese port. Italy's hard-line interior minister slammed the migrants as pirates but aid groups rejected that label, saying the European Union's policy ...

Update: 4 migrants leave freed ship in handcuffs

Europe 03/28/19, 04:11

The Latest on a ship seized by migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local):10:05 a.m.Four migrants have been handcuffed and escorted off an oil tanker that was hijacked at sea, after Maltese special forces restored control of the captain.This image taken from TVM video on Thursday March 28, 2019 shows ...

Rescued migrants hijack ship, demand it head toward Europe

Europe 03/27/19, 21:54

Migrants hijacked a cargo ship that rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea and forced the crew to put the Libya-bound vessel on a course north toward Europe, authorities in two European countries said. Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, identified the ship as the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1. He said ...

Italy leader: Migrants in latest standoff to disembark soon

Europe 01/30/19, 08:00

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said Wednesday that 47 migrants kept at sea for over a week as Europe squabbled over their fate will disembark "in the coming hours" after a half-dozen countries came forward to take them in.Conte said Luxembourg had joined Germany, France, Portugal, Romania and Malta in agreeing ...

German rescue ship allowed in Italian waters due to weather

Europe 01/25/19, 08:26

Italy pressured the Netherlands on Friday to accept 47 migrants who have spent seven days at sea aboard a humanitarian rescue ship that has been allowed to enter Italian territorial waters due to bad weather conditions.The German aid group Sea-Watch said on Twitter Friday that it has received no response ...

Boat with migrants rescued off Libya looks for port to dock

Asia & Pacific 01/20/19, 17:48

A private rescue boat carrying dozens of migrants said Sunday that for a second day several nations had not given permission for it to enter a safe port, while another vessel filled with panicky migrants and described as taking on water in the southern Mediterranean was helped by a cargo ...

Malta taking stranded migrants off boats in EU deal

Europe 01/09/19, 10:50

Racing an approaching storm, Maltese military vessels began taking 49 migrants from private rescue ships Wednesday after the island nation reached a deal for the asylum-seekers to be distributed among eight other European Union members.The deal ends an impasse that kept the migrants stuck on the rescue boats while European ...

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