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'I'm going to jump': tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

The young Sudanese man cast off his T-shirt and cried desperately out to sea: "I swear to you, I'm going to jump. I don't know how to swim but I can't stay here anymore!

Italy's Conte says EU virus recovery funds will be spent wisely

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday sought to reassure Europe that forthcoming coronavirus recovery funds would be spent wisely to revive the battered economy after a crippling lockdown.

Italy's Conte says EU virus recovery funds will be spent wisely

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday sought to reassure Europe that forthcoming coronavirus recovery funds would be spent wisely to revive the battered economy after a crippling lockdown.

Italy's Conte says EU virus recovery funds will be spent wisely

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday sought to reassure Europe that forthcoming coronavirus recovery funds would be spent wisely to revive the battered economy after a crippling two-month lockdown.

Europe tries to reassure Russia over Libya arms embargo mission

New York - Europe tried to reassure Russia during a UN Security Conference video call Tuesday after a French warship intercepted an oil tanker off the coast of Libya under an operation to halt the flow of arms to the North African country.

As world opens from virus, borders stay shut

Washington - The world is gradually ending weeks of coronavirus confinement but one area remains firmly shut -- international borders, which few governments are yet daring to open.

EU top diplomat holds talks in Iran to de-escalate tensions

Tehran - Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday held talks in the Iranian capital during a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

EU top diplomat holds talks in Iran 'to de-escalate tensions'

Tehran - Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell on Monday held talks in the Iranian capital on a mission aimed at lowering tensions over the Islamic republic's nuclear programme.

Warm EU welcome for Venezuela opposition leader Guaido

Apo - The European Union offered a pointedly warm welcome Wednesday to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is seeking to broaden international support for elections to vote President Nicolas Maduro out of power.

Warm welcome for Venezuela opposition leader Guaido

Apo - The EU offered a pointedly warm welcome Wednesday to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is seeking to broaden international support for elections to be held in his country to vote President Nicolas Maduro out of power.

Iran's Khamenei slams 'cowardly' European governments

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday accused the governments of Britain, France and Germany of being "American lackeys" in the face of US pressure over the nuclear accord.

EU urges Malta to reform judiciary after botched murder probe

Apo - The new European Commissioner for Justice told AFP Friday he wants to ensure Malta implements the EU's recommendations for judicial reforms following the murder of an investigative journalist, which has rocked the tiny island nation's government.

Venezuela refugee crisis to become far worse, UN-EU conference told

Apo - The refugee wave in Latin America sparked by Venezuela's implosion will get worse next year, aggravating a regional crisis, a UN representative on the issue told a Brussels conference Monday.

Invest in Artemis to get a ride to Moon: US

Washington - Several countries want their astronauts to hitch a ride with the United States on its next set of lunar missions, but the second nation to have Moon boots on the ground will depend on how much they contribute, NASA's chief said Thursday.

NASA wants international partners to go to Moon too

Washington - As it looks to return to the Moon, NASA is open to the idea of international participation, which could mean a non-American setting foot on Earth's natural satellite for the first time in history, global space chiefs said Monday.

Thousands of dead fish wash up on drought-stricken Greek lake

Thessalon - Thousands of fish washed up dead on the shores of Lake Koroneia in northern Greece on Thursday as a result of high temperatures and declining water levels, authorities said.

EU's Mogherini forges closer ties with Cuba amid growing US pressure

Havana - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday reaffirmed the bloc's drive to deepen trade with Cuba and counter a wave of lawsuits against European firms as Washington increases pressure on the communist-run island.

Italian doctor fights to shed light on Mediterranean's migrant dead

Paris - For Cristina Cattaneo, the thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe's shores in recent years deserve the same as any other disaster victims: a concerted effort to find out who they were and let their families know the painful truth ab...

Murder victim's plight prompts EU order on emergency calls

Luxembourg - A horrific rape and murder of a kidnapped teen in Lithuania prompted the European Court of Justice on Thursday to order mobile phone operators to hand over data enabling the localisation of calls made to the international emergency number 112.

Greek police fire teargas as child migrants protest conditions in camps

Thessalon - Greek police fired tear gas at hundreds of children who protested in a packed migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday, the state news agency ANA reported.

Hundreds of migrants moved from 'hell' of overcrowded Greek island

M - Greek officials and UN workers evacuated the first group of what will be hundreds of migrants from the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, where overcrowding and sweltering heat have made conditions unbearable.

Italy poised for last-ditch talks to form new government

Rome - Italy's president is due to begin a fresh round of talks with discordant political parties on Tuesday aimed at finding a new coalition government and ending a political crisis sparked by the collapse of the ruling populist alliance.

Lampedusa mayor slams Rome over migrant boat standoff

Lampedusa - The mayor of Italy's Lampedusa island on Thursday denounced the collapsing government for its failure to deal with migrant rescue boats, as a ship carrying 356 people remained stranded in the Mediterranean.

Migrants in limbo again after landing in Italy

Lampedusa - Dozens of migrants who disembarked on Italy's Lampedusa island were again in limbo Wednesday as a European deal to redistribute them failed to materialise and Madrid said it could hit the Spanish charity with a huge fine for rescuing them.

Young Libyans chose danger at sea over peril at home

For three young Libyans plucked from a deflating dingy in the Mediterranean, the perils of trying to cross the sea were still preferable to what they had left behind in their war-torn home.

Migrants' drawings depict their nightmares and best memories

Torture in Libya, war in Darfur, a home village in southern Sudan and the emblematic baobab tree in Senegal -- the drawings displayed on the bridge of the Ocean Viking rescue ship tell of the lives of the migrants on board.

Reluctant Salvini allows minors to leave Italy migrant ship

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday reluctantly let 27 migrant children rescued at sea disembark from a charity vessel anchored in limbo off Lampedusa island for days.

Italy prosecutors probe Salvini over migrant ship limbo

Rome - Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged kidnapping and abuse of office after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini prevented a charity ship carrying rescued migrants from docking.

'Explosive' situation on migrant rescue boat in limbo off Italy

Rome - The captain of a Spanish charity ship carrying 134 rescued migrants warned Friday of an "explosive" situation on board the vessel anchored within swimming distance of Italy's Lampedusa island but forbidden to approach.

Italy's defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship Open Arms

Rome - Italy's defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome....
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