Update: France says some aid groups help smugglers

Europe 04/05/19, 10:09

The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):5:05 p.m.France's interior minister says some aid groups operating in the Mediterranean Sea sometimes act like accomplices to human traffickers.This April 3, 2019 photo shows migrants resting after being rescued by the Sea-Eye rescue ship in the waters off Libya. ...

WWF sounds alarm after 48 lbs of plastic found in dead whale

Europe 04/01/19, 11:15

An 8-meter (26-foot) sperm whale was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms (48.5 pounds) of plastic in its belly, prompting the World Wildlife Foundation to sound an alarm Monday over the dangers of plastic waste in the Mediterranean Sea. The environmental group said the garbage recovered from the sperm whale's ...

Ship takeover by migrants raises concerns for rescues at sea

Europe 03/30/19, 05:04

A rescue in the Mediterranean Sea that took an ominous turn has raised concerns that some merchant ship captains might become reluctant to save migrants in danger of drowning during the perilous crossing from north Africa to Europe, fearing they could lose control of their ship.A cargo ship heading from ...

Libyan official: Migrants used metal tools to threaten crew

World 03/29/19, 09:16

A Libyan official says the migrants who commandeered an oil tanker that had rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea used metal tools to threaten the crew, forcing them to direct the ship toward Europe.Maltese armed forces stormed the vessel Thursday and detained five men suspected of leading the hijacking operation, ...

Rescued migrants hijack ship, demand it head toward Europe

Europe 03/27/19, 21:54

Migrants hijacked a cargo ship that rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea and forced the crew to put the Libya-bound vessel on a course north toward Europe, authorities in two European countries said. Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, identified the ship as the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1. He said ...

EU nations recall ships from thorny migrant rescue mission

Europe 03/27/19, 17:12

European Union officials lamented Wednesday a move by member countries to recall their ships taking part in an EU naval mission patrolling the Mediterranean Sea for migrants attempting the dangerous water crossing from North Africa.The EU's Operation Sophia works to reduce migrant-smuggling, trains the Libyan coast guard and enforces an ...

Morocco drops case against Spanish pro-migrant activist

Europe 03/11/19, 05:29

Spanish activist Helena Maleno says Moroccan authorities have dropped a case against her that sought human trafficking charges for her calls alerting maritime rescue services to the presence of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.In 2012, Spanish police investigated what they alleged were possible links between Maleno and human trafficking gangs. ...

EU border guard chief says ‘no burning crisis’ over migrants

Europe 02/20/19, 06:56

The European Union faces "no burning crisis" right now over migrant arrivals, but more people from Africa are trying to enter Europe through Spain from Morocco, the head of the EU's border and coast guard agency said Wednesday.The EU has been plunged into a severe political crisis due to differences ...

Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant

Asia & Pacific 01/31/19, 01:32

A giant power plant with billowing smoke may not look like the most natural habitat for sea life. But the hot water gushing from an industrial plant in Israel's northern city of Hadera has drawn schools of sharks that are increasingly endangered by overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea. Now the ...

Pope mourns Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed 170 lives

Europe 01/20/19, 07:08

Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the lost lives of 170 migrants who drowned in recent days in the Mediterranean Sea.The U.N. refugee agency has said 117 migrants died or were missing after a smuggler's dinghy sank off Libya Jan. 18, and that 53 others died in the capsizing of ...

Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya

Asia & Pacific 01/19/19, 14:28

Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time, a U.N. migration official said Saturday.It appeared to be the latest tragedy on the dangerous central Mediterranean route from North Africa to ...

Spain saves 493 migrants yet stops rescue ship from leaving

Europe 01/14/19, 14:14

Spanish authorities pulled 493 migrants from eight rickety boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday yet blocked a humanitarian rescue ship from leaving the port of Barcelona, saying it violated maritime regulations on previous trips.An order from Spanish authorities to the aid group Proactiva Open Arms, seen by The Associated ...

German rescue groups say migrants’ health worsening on ships

Europe 01/08/19, 11:48

Two German nonprofit groups appealed to European Union countries Tuesday to take in 49 migrants who are stuck on rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea, warning of the passengers' deteriorating health.Sea-Watch and Sea-Eye representatives told reporters in Berlin that drinking water was being rationed on their ships and some migrants ...

Update: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants

Europe 01/06/19, 09:47

The Latest on Europe's migrant situation (all times local):2:25 p.m.Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels.Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have been waiting ...

Spain rescues 549 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean

Europe 01/06/19, 09:40

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 549 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.The service says its craft intercepted six small smuggling boats carrying a total of 350 migrants on Saturday in waters east of the Strait of Gibraltar.On Sunday another 199 migrants were pulled from five different ...

Italian leaders send conflicting messages on migrants at sea

World 01/05/19, 16:47

The leaders of the populist parties that formed Italy's government sparred Saturday over more migrants stranded on private rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, exposing cracks in their coalition's position on immigration.German humanitarian groups Sea-Watch and Sea Eye are seeking a port where two ships can disembark passengers who were ...

Spain: 2 boys reported missing during rescue of 69 migrants

Europe 12/23/18, 14:51

The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):8:15 p.m.Spain's maritime rescue service says two children were reported missing at sea when 69 migrants were taken from a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea.The service says people on the boat told a rescue crew the boys hadn't been ...

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