Greek authorities rescue 21 migrants adrift off usual route

THESSALONIKI, Greece – Greek authorities say they have rescued 21 migrants found adrift in a small boat in a section of the northeastern Aegean Sea off the usual illegal immigration route. The migrants were located Thursday between the island of Samothraki and the northeastern port of Alexandroupoli, after Greek authorities received an emergency call reporting […]

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The Latest: Pope demands bishops act now to end sex abuse

VATICAN CITY – The Latest on the Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Pope Francis has warned bishops and religious superiors summoned to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful around the world are demanding more than just condemnation of the crimes but concrete […]

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UN envoy says risk of Israeli-Palestinian war looms large

UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Mideast envoy says the prospect of peace between Israel and the Palestinians “is fading by the day as the specter of violence and radicalism grows” and “the risk of war continues to loom large.” Nikolay Mladenov also told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that a negotiated two-state solution is […]

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House Dems to challenge Trump emergency declaration on Friday

House Democrats are planning to file a resolution Friday to block President Trump’s emergency declaration to secure more funding for his southern border wall, although the proposal faces questionable odds in the Senate and the virtually certain prospect of a fatal White House veto that would be nearly impossible for Congress to overcome.

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Venezuela seeks UN support against ‘military aggression’

UNITED NATIONS – Venezuela’s U.N. Mission is inviting ambassadors of 46 countries to an informal meeting Friday with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to underline the U.N. Charter’s commitment to noninterference in a nation’s internal affairs and oppose “threats of military aggression.” The invitation, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, includes a proposed letter to U.N. […]

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Kidnappings, murders on the rise in Mexican state where woman was decapitated: ‘There is a lot of suffering going on’

Businesswoman beheaded after husband ‘wouldn’t pay’ ransom The decapitated body of Mexican businesswoman Susana Carrera was found last week after her family was unable to pay kidnappers the ransom they demanded. According to local news reports, a note was left with the body saying she was killed because her husband ‘didn’t want to pay’ the […]

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