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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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