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  • The Latest: Merkel praises private migrant rescue groups

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 5:30 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the work of private groups rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, saying “they’ve saved an unbelievable number of lives.” Speaking to reporters in Berlin on Friday, Merkel said “naturally I appreciate […]
  • UK space officials seek nifty name for Mars rover

    LONDON (AP) — The U.K. Space Agency is looking for a catchy name for the ExoMars Rover being developed for use in a mission set for 2020. The agency launched a competition Friday to find the best name for the rover, a key U.K. contribution to the European Space Agency’s Mars voyage. The winner won’t […]
  • German police: 8 injured in bus attack; suspect arrested

    BERLIN (AP) — Eight people were injured in an attack on a busy bus in the northern German city of Luebeck, and a suspect has been arrested, police said Friday. Police spokesman Duerk Duerbrook said the attack occurred Friday in the Kuecknitz district of Luebeck, northeast of Hamburg. He told The Associated Press that authorities […]
  • Turkey and the Netherlands to normalize relations after row

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey and the Netherlands say their relations are on the mend after a diplomatic row in 2017 ahead of a critical Turkish referendum. In a joint statement Friday, the two countries stated their “readiness for normalization” of diplomatic relations, following a meeting at the NATO summit last week. The foreign ministers agreed […]
  • Russia summons Greek ambassador over Macedonia dispute

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s government has summoned the Greek ambassador to protest the expulsion of two Russian diplomats, as part of a dispute over Macedonia’s plans to become a NATO member. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement it summoned Ambassador Andreas Friganas on Friday to express “decisive protest against continued anti-Russian statements by […]
  • Cameroon: 20-plus candidates seek presidency in October vote

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon’s election commission says more than 20 candidates have registered to run against longtime President Paul Biya in October elections. Opposition parties earlier this year discussed collectively backing Akere Muna, a prominent lawyer who specializes in fighting corruption, but now he is running only for his People’s Development Front party. The […]
  • Turkey arrests wife of Islamic State commander Shishani

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s official news agency says authorities have arrested the wife of Abu Omar al-Shishani, a top commander in the Islamic State group killed two years ago. Anadolu news agency reported late Thursday four people were formally arrested in Istanbul for alleged links to IS following their detention in a counter-terror operation earlier […]
  • Greece: Search continues for Turkish woman, 3 sons on border

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek police boats were searching along the Evros River on the Greek-Turkish border for a second day Friday for a Turkish woman and her three young children missing since the boat they were using to cross the border capsized. Shore-based rescue crews were also searching for the 36-year-old woman, reportedly a […]
  • Germany formally closes Puigdemont extradition case

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany formally ended extradition proceedings against former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Friday after Spain withdrew a European arrest warrant, leaving the separatist leader free to leave the country. The state court in Schleswig revoked a German warrant putting Puigdemont in pre-extradition detention that was issued after his arrest […]
  • Chinese president meets top leaders in 1st visit to UAE

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the United Arab Emirates meeting with top leaders as the two countries seek to deepen economic ties. Xi, his Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and other Chinese officials held morning meetings Friday with Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al […]