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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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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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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Nissan ex-boss Ghosn’s new lawyer questions handling of case

TOKYO – The newly appointed star defender for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn says he believes the case against his client does “not meet international standards.” Junichiro Hironaka also said Wednesday that he believed Ghosn’s trial on charges of falsifying financial reporting and breach of trust might not begin until after the summer. Speaking to […]

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Northern Red Sea coral reefs may survive a hot, grim future

next In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 photo, a fragment of a coral is viewed with a microscope at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences, IUI, in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel. As the outlook for coral reefs across our warming planet grows grimmer than ever, scientists have discovered a rare glimmer […]

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China closes Tibet to foreigners for sensitive anniversaries

BEIJING – China is keeping foreign travelers out of Tibet during sensitive political anniversaries. Travel agencies contacted Wednesday said foreign tourists would not be allowed into the Himalayan region until April 1. It’s not clear when the ban started, although some monitoring groups said it started this month. March 10 is the 60th anniversary of […]

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