Italy on Saturday said "arrogant" France risked becoming its "No.1 enemy" on migration issues, a day before European leaders convene in Brussels for a hastily arranged meeting on the divisive issue. In answer to comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said migration flows towards Europe had reduced compared with a few years ago, Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Macron's words showed he was out of touch with reality.
The French Catholic priest who slapped a two-year old boy during his baptism has spoken of his shame after being forced into instant retirement. Father Jacques Lacroix, 89, said: “I am finishing my ministry now...there is an end to everything." Troubling video footage emerged earlier this week of him hitting a baby across the face with an open palm as he attempted to conduct his baptism. In a 40-second clip posted online, which has since went viral, the clergyman lashes out during the ceremony because the boy would not stop crying. ...
Crews are working to clean up a BNSF oil train derailment in Iowa that dumped crude into floodwaters, while officials seek to get a handle on the extent of the spill and its cause. BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says 33 oil tanker cars derailed Friday just south of Doon, leaking oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River.
Ethiopian police said on Saturday six suspects were under investigation for a grenade attack that killed one person and left scores injured in Addis Ababa earlier in the day. "Six suspects are currently under investigation for involvement in the attack," the Federal Police Commission said in a statement. The attack was launched moments after 41-year-old prime minister Abiy Ahmed, a former soldier who took office in April, finished his speech to tens of thousands of people gathered in the centre of Addis Ababa.
Donald Trump has faced backlash over a rambling speech painting the families of victims of crime as the “real victims” of US immigration laws . The President hit back at controversy over migrant children being separated from their families with an address about American families who lost loved ones to “criminal illegal aliens”. Mr Trump hosted a White House reception for what he described as “angel families” who told stories of being “permanently” separated from their children and siblings.
BRUSSELS (AP) — With another migrant rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean and both Italy and Malta again refusing to let it dock, European Union leaders will try to find common ground for tackling a growing political crisis that is threatening to undermine the entire EU.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk through an open-air exhibit where Saudi women and traffic police explain the ins and outs of handling a car. Children take a lap around a makeshift course in tiny electric cars as clowns appear on a small stage, dancing for the crowd. A song with a woman's voice blares through the loudspeakers, singing: "I love you Saudia. My love, Saudia."
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."