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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Lithuania detains 26, including judges, in corruption probe

VILNIUS, Lithuania – A Lithuanian official says 26 people, including eight judges in different courts, have been detained in a corruption probe, suspected of “large-scale bribery, trading in influence and abuse of powers in the court system.” Zydrunas Bartkus, head of Lithuania’s anti-corruption agency, on Wednesday named the suspects, who included justices with Lithuania’s Court […]

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Greece’s central banker protests, says minister is meddling

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s central bank chief has asked Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to intervene after a cabinet minister phoned him to tell him how to do his job and then allegedly leaked the conversation to the press. In a statement Tuesday, bank chief Yiannis Stournaras deplored the deputy minister’s “unheard-of” attempt to influence the […]

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France express support for Georgia territorial integrity

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed France’s support for Georgia’s territorial integrity, as the former Soviet Republic seeks closer ties with the European Union. Macron met Tuesday in Paris with Georgia’s newly-elected President, Salome Zurabishvili, who was born in France and once served as a French diplomat. He condemned the creation of actual […]

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Israeli leader hosts east European PMs after summit scrapped

File — In this Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 photo Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, attend a group photo during a meeting in Warsaw, Poland. Poland’s prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign […]

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UK-based man charged with inciting attack in Germany

LONDON – A man living in northeast England has been charged under Britain’s terrorism laws with attempting to incite a car, knife and bomb attack in Germany. Fatah Mohammed Abdullah, a 33-year-old from Newcastle, was charged Monday with encouraging another person to plow a car into crowds in Germany, attack people with a meat cleaver […]

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2 French pilots who fled Dominican Republic go on trial

FILE – In this June 17, 2014 file photo, French pilots Bruno Odos, left, and Pascal Jean Fauret, who have been formally charged with drug trafficking, are escorted to a courtroom in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Nine men go on trial in southern France for an alleged cocaine trafficking between the Caribbean and Europe, including […]

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EU projects center-right group to be top party in May vote

BRUSSELS – The European Parliament has projected which parties will get seats after the European Union-wide May election and says that the center-right Christian Democrat EPP group would remain the largest party ahead of the center-left Socialist S&D. The redesigned European Parliament is expected to have 705 seats total, which would include lawmakers from 27 […]

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