Update: EU agency reports drop in migrant arrivals

Europe 05/14/19, 11:02

The Latest on European migration issues (all times local):6 p.m.The European Union's border agency says the number of migrants entering the bloc without authorization continues to drop.Frontex said Tuesday that it spotted 4,900 "illegal border crossings" in April, a fall of 19% over the previous month.In all, about 24,200 crossings ...

Malta announces deal to distribute 64 migrants from NGO ship

Europe 04/13/19, 02:33

Malta has announced a deal to distribute among four EU nations the 64 migrants rescued at sea off Libya 10 days ago.Malta announced Saturday that the migrants will be distributed among Germany, France, Portugal and Luxembourg. The migrants are being transferred to Maltese vessels and brought to port.However, Malta said ...

France to take in 20 migrants from NGO rescue ship off Malta

Europe 04/12/19, 05:52

France's interior minister says his country is ready to take in 20 of the migrants on a NGO rescue ship that is on its ninth day at sea.Christophe Castaner tweeted Friday that France, along with Germany and some other European partners, has agreed to welcome migrants out of "solidarity," to ...

3 migrants charged in Malta in hijacking of ship at sea

Europe 03/30/19, 06:08

Three teenage migrants have been charged in Malta with seizing control of a merchant ship and using force and intimidation, a crime considered a terrorist activity under Maltese law.One of the accused was identified by the court during the arraignment Saturday as Abdalla Bari, a 19-year-old from Guinea. The other ...

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, ...

Tanker hijacked by rescued migrants arrives safely in Malta

Europe 03/28/19, 08:30

A Maltese special operations team boarded a tanker Thursday that had been hijacked by migrants rescued at sea and recaptured control of it before escorting it to a Maltese port. Italy's hard-line interior minister slammed the migrants as pirates but aid groups rejected that label, saying the European Union's policy ...

Update: 4 migrants leave freed ship in handcuffs

Europe 03/28/19, 04:11

The Latest on a ship seized by migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local):10:05 a.m.Four migrants have been handcuffed and escorted off an oil tanker that was hijacked at sea, after Maltese special forces restored control of the captain.This image taken from TVM video on Thursday March 28, 2019 shows ...

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 ...

Malta taking stranded migrants off boats in EU deal

Europe 01/09/19, 10:50

Racing an approaching storm, Maltese military vessels began taking 49 migrants from private rescue ships Wednesday after the island nation reached a deal for the asylum-seekers to be distributed among eight other European Union members.The deal ends an impasse that kept the migrants stuck on the rescue boats while European ...

Malta to take stranded migrants off boats in EU deal

Europe 01/09/19, 07:09

Maltese military vessels will soon take ashore 49 migrants who have been stranded aboard private rescue vessels since last month and the asylum-seekers will be distributed among eight European Union nations, Malta said Wednesday.Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced a deal, brokered by the EU, to end the uncertainty over the ...

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