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  • Army rescuer decorated after Greece shipwreck

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s Defense Ministry on Monday awarded the Cross of Excellency to an army sergeant who rescued more than 20 migrants following a deadly shipwreck on the island of Rhodes. Sgt. Antonis…

  • Cash handoffs, extortion fuel Mediterranean trafficking

    PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, migrants desperate to reach Europe are paying thousands of dollars apiece to become pawns in a multimillion-dollar trafficking network that stretches from the Sahara to Sweden.…

  • Sicilian court convicts 20 Somalis of migrant-trafficking

    MILAN (AP) — A court in Sicily on Monday convicted 20 Somalis who had received political asylum in Italy of a role in a vast criminal organization focused on migrant-smuggling. Prosecutors in Catania said that…

  • Global effort to help Nepal earthquake victims intensifies

    LONDON (AP) — The desperate effort to save lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal intensified Monday as aid flights arrived carrying emergency medical teams, search-and-rescue equipment and tarps for shelter. Governments, charities and development agencies also announced…

  • Memorial held for French Alps crash victims in Barcelona

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A memorial service for the victims who died last month in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps is being held at Barcelona’s landmark Sagrada Familia basilica, with…

  • Turkey rebukes newly-elected Turkish Cypriot leader

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s president on Monday rebuked the newly elected leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state for suggesting that Turkey should deal with northern Cyprus as an equal. Mustafa Akinci, who has…

  • Ex-president OK’d CIA site, denies knowing what it was for

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A former Romanian president has acknowledged approving the CIA’s request for a site in Romania, but said he would have refused had he known how it would be used. Ion Iliescu,…

  • Ukraine leader sees country ready for EU entrance in 5 years

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president said at a high-level summit with European Union officials Monday that his country will be able to meet conditions to apply for EU membership within five years. While Kiev…

  • German-Moroccan man charged with training, fighting in Syria

    BERLIN (AP) — German federal prosecutors say they have charged a German-Moroccan dual citizen with membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he went to Syria to train and fight with an al-Qaida linked group.…

  • The Netherlands turns all orange for King’s Day

    DORDRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands turned out in orange on Monday and the famed national football team wasn’t even playing. Monarch Willem-Alexander turned 48 and the whole country celebrated King’s Day. The national holiday…

  • Russian official: wages to space center workers to be repaid

    MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian official has visited a space center under construction and has promised to pay back wages to workers by the weekend. Russian investigators have opened a corruption probe into the…

  • Polish border guards refuse entry for 10 Russian bikers

    TERESPOL, Poland (AP) — Polish border guards on Monday blocked 10 nationalistic Russian bikers loyal to President Vladimir Putin from entering Poland as part of a ride to commemorate the Red Army’s victory over Nazi…

  • Dissident to face UK charges of possessing indecent images

    LONDON (AP) — British authorities have summoned a former Soviet-era dissident to appear in court on charges of possessing and making indecent images of children. Prosecutors said in a statement Monday that Vladimir Bukovsky will…

  • Austria’s president warns against extreme-right sentiment

    VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s president has reminded citizens that their country was a supporter of Nazi Germany and has urged them to be vigilant against a resurgence of extreme-right sentiment. Heinz Fischer was speaking on…

  • Bulgari, Dubai developer Meraas to build luxury properties

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Well-heeled Middle Eastern fans of Italian jewelry and watch maker Bulgari will soon be able to surround themselves in the luxury brand at all hours of the day. The…