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Spain Rescues 112 Migrants Off Libyan Coast, 36 More At Sea

(AP) – Spain’s defense ministry says one of its naval ships has rescued 112 migrants off the coast of Libya.  The Spanish frigate Canarias found the migrants’ vessel adrift on Saturday morning, according to the ministry, which says all 112 of the migrants were male and “the large majority” were from sub-Saharan Africa.  The frigate […]

Thousands In Barcelona Urge Spain To Take In More Refugees

(AP) – Thousands of protesters are marching in Barcelona to demand that Spain’s conservative-led government increase efforts to take in more refugees who have fled the war in Syria and other violent conflicts.  Spain has taken in just 1,100 refugees of the over 17,000 it has pledged to accept.  Marchers on Saturday held a large […]

UPDATE: Search Finds Nothing Suspicious

(AP) – A Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul was evacuated Saturday after a suspicious note was discovered in one of its bathrooms.  The Turkish Airlines cabin crew found the words “BOMB TO TORONTO” on the bathroom’s wall on Flight TK-17 during its pushback from the gate, a Turkish Airlines press official told The Associated Press. […]

Pence Urges NATO Members To Spend More On Defense

(AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is reinforcing the Trump administration’s message that NATO members must spend more on defense.  NATO’s 28 member countries promised in 2014 to commit to spending 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense within a decade. Pence says in remarks at a security conference in Germany that only […]

Pence Meets Leaders Of Iraq, Iraqi Kurds

(AP) – Vice President Mike Pence has met separately with the leaders of Iraq and its Kurdistan region, thanking both for committing to fight the Islamic State group. The White House says Pence also commended Iraq’s security forces for their battlefield success during his meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (HY’-dahr ahl ah-BAH’-dee). Officials say […]

Germany’s Merkel Backs Free Press Amid Trump Media Criticism

(AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told an audience including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that she supports a “free, independent press” and that Germany has good experience with mutual respect between the government and the media. Merkel was asked Saturday at the Munich Security Conference whether she doubts the quality of American newspaper […]

US-Backed Syrian Fighters Inch Closer To IS ‘Capital’

(AP) – U.S.-backed fighters have captured a village in northern Syria from members of the Islamic State group, bringing them closer to cutting a road linking two major cities in the country and closing in on the extremists’ de facto capital. The Syria Democratic Forces has been on the offensive toward the city of Raqqa […]