PARIS (AP) — Migrants trying to reach Europe face routine rape and sexual torture throughout their journey and especially in Libya, with men facing abuse nearly as routinely as women, according to...
MILAN (AP) — A bus driver in northern Italy abducted 51 children and their school chaperones Wednesday, threatening the hostages' lives for 40 minutes and setting the bus on fire at a Carabinieri...
NICE, France (AP) — Team Sky rider Egan Bernal won the Paris-Nice weeklong race for his most prestigious title so far after resisting a bold offensive from fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana in...
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Forty-five migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Spain, including pregnant women, a Spanish rights activist said Thursday, quoting survivors. Morocco...
Morocco drops case against Spanish pro-migrant activist
MADRID (AP) — 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...
The Latest: Over 100 migrants rescued at sea, sent to Libya
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):
Doctors Without Borders says 116 migrants have been "forcibly returned" to...
EU border guard chief says ‘no burning crisis’ over migrants
BRUSSELS (AP) — 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...
Sharks drawn to warm waters by Israeli coastal power plant
HADERA, Israel (AP) — 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 hotspot is also drawing tourists.
Italy lawmakers say ship’s migrants suffering mentally
ROME (AP) — Italian lawmakers boarded a migrant rescue ship within eyeshot of the island of Sicily on Sunday to inspect conditions for 47 men and boys nine days after they were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea.
The ship operated by German humanitarian group Sea-Watch picked up the migrants on Jan. 19 in waters off Libya. It was allowed to shelter Italy's territorial waters due to threatening weather Thursday, but the government refuses to let aid groups disembark in Italian ports.
At Mayport, a ‘final homecoming’ for the USS Saratoga
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The radio signal was weak and sounded like static. But John Lipscomb, a 19-year-old radioman on the USS Saratoga, somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, thought he could hear a pattern hidden in the noise. He managed to tune it in and made out a panicked voice, speaking over a backdrop of gunfire and explosions.
Any station this net, any station this net. This is Rockstar. We are under attack.
Pope mourns Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed 170 lives
VATICAN CITY (AP) — 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 another migrant boat in the western Mediterranean a few days earlier.
Survivors: Up to 117 missing from sunken boat off Libya
ROME (AP) — 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 Europe.
German aid group rescues 47 migrants from Mediterranean Sea
BERLIN (AP) — The German aid group Sea-Watch says it has rescued 47 people from a rubber boat off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.
The NGO says its Sea-Watch 3 boat had headed to the area Friday after its reconnaissance aircraft overheard communications about a rubber boat foundering but were unable to get there in time to help any survivors. Some 117 people are thought to have died in that sinking.
Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the stormy Mediterranean Sea but that one is still believed to be missing.
The Hamas media office says the rough sea washed the wreckage of their boat ashore on the Nusseirat beach in central Gaza Strip
The fishermen were taken to a Gaza hospital. Local media reports say a 48-year-old Egyptian was missing at sea.
Spain rescues 472 migrants, some on inflatable rafts
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 472 people who were trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea into Europe over the past two days.
The service says that 17 people, including one woman, were rescued early Thursday from two inflatable rafts like those used at beaches and swimming pools.
The spokeswoman, who wasn't authorized to be identified in media reports, said that 455 migrants were rescued Wednesday — 124 in the Strait of Gibraltar, and 331 further east.
Spain saves 493 migrants yet stops rescue ship from leaving
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — 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.
German rescue groups say migrants’ health worsening on ships
BERLIN (AP) — Two German nonprofit groups appealed to European Union countries Tuesday to take in 49 migrants waiting 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 were having trouble eating due to illnesses.
"Do people need to die before a solution is found?" Sea-Watch member Erik Marquardt asked.
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The Latest: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant situation (all times local):
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 for days for permission for a safe port to let them disembark. The crowd applauded his words.
Spain rescues 549 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean
MADRID (AP) — 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.
Italian leaders send conflicting messages on migrants at sea
ROME (AP) — 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 picked up from unseaworthy smugglers' boats, 32 of them on Dec. 22 and 17 more in recent days.
UN calls on countries to take in migrants rescued at sea
BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is calling on countries to take in 49 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days.
Geneva-based UNHCR urged governments Monday to "urgently offer safe ports and disembarkation" and agree on a system that provides rescue ship captains with clarity about where migrants can disembark.
Italy’s foreign minister to visit Washington on Jan. 3-4
ROME (AP) — Italy's foreign minister, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, will be visiting Washington in early January, meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department and with national security adviser John Bolton at the White House.
Spain: 2 boys reported missing during rescue of 69 migrants
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
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 seen for several hours and were presumed dead.
Aid groups terminate Aquarius migrant rescue operations
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Aid groups Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee say they have been forced to end the migrant rescue operations of the Aquarius ship in the Mediterranean Sea.
New parasite decimates giant clam species in Mediterranean
ANAVYSSOS, Greece (AP) — With rapid efficiency, a mysterious parasite is seeking out and killing a giant species of clam found only in the Mediterranean Sea. Unless scientists can find a way of stopping it soon, they say the mollusk could go extinct.
Migrants forced off ship after refusing to return to Libya
CAIRO (AP) — Libyan authorities forcibly removed dozens of migrants who had barricaded themselves in a container ship in the port city of Misrata for the past 10 days after being picked up at sea.
The migrants had refused to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them. They were attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe earlier this month when they were rescued at sea by a cargo ship, Nivin, that was already bound for Misrata.
Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya
Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days after being picked up at sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them.
Spain police find 2 bodies in boat carrying migrants, drugs
MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have recovered the bodies of two Moroccans from a boat that reached Spain's coast after crossing the Mediterranean Sea with migrants and a hashish shipment.
Police said Sunday that they found the bodies along with two other people who were suffering from hypothermia on Saturday after they were alerted that a rubber boat had reached a beach near Malaga. Police believe one of the dead could be a minor.
Turkey: We can’t be excluded from Mediterranean resources
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president says he will not permit what he called the seizing of natural resources in the eastern Mediterranean.
Speaking at a naval ceremony Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would never accept such attempts "excluding our country and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus."
Turkey and the Greek Cypriot government in Cyprus_who do not have diplomatic relations— are both planning hydrocarbon research in the Mediterranean Sea for natural gas reserves.
Spanish rescuers recover dead baby, save 520 migrants at sea
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says a baby has died despite efforts by rescuers to save it after a small boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean Sea. The death came as over 500 others were rescued.
The service says Sunday that the bottom of the rubber boat gave out, tossing 56 migrants into the water when its rescue craft reached it Saturday east of the Strait of Gibraltar. Rescue workers were able to save 55 men, women and children, but could not reanimate the baby.
Spain saves over 350 migrants crossing Mediterranean
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved over 350 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.
The service says it pulled 359 people from seven small boats its rescue craft intercepted in waters between Spain and the coast of northern Africa on Saturday.
Spain has seen a rise in illegal immigration this year following a crackdown by countries in the eastern Mediterranean.
The Latest: UN over 45,000 migrants reached Spain this year
IZACIC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local):
The U.N. migration agency says that so far this year Spain has received more migrants via the Mediterranean Sea than it did in the previous three years combined.
The Geneva-based International Organization for Migration reported Tuesday that 45,145 men, women and children entered Spain through the western Mediterranean route through Oct. 21.
Migrants storm Spanish border enclave fence, 200 get in
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Some 300 migrants attacked a fence separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco on Sunday, an effort that left one migrant dead and saw 200 others enter Spanish territory, authorities said.
A representative of Spain's government in Melilla said the migrant appears to have died from a heart attack despite the efforts of medical crews to revive him.
The Latest: Spain says 3 migrants dead, 17 missing at sea
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Spain's maritime rescue service says it has recovered the bodies of three migrants but feared that another 17 were missing in the Mediterranean Sea.
France, Italy begin cleanup for Mediterranean fuel spill
PARIS (AP) — French and Italian maritime authorities have begun cleaning up a fuel spill that has spread 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) in the Mediterranean Sea after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica.
Italy's coast guard said Monday it's recovering some of the polluted material and monitoring the spill amid changing weather conditions.
A Tunisian cargo ship pierced a hole in the hull of a Cypriot container ship in Sunday's collision, causing the fuel leak. No one was injured.
Fuel spill in Mediterranean after ships collide near Corsica
PARIS (AP) — Two merchant ships collided north of the French island of Corsica on Sunday, causing a 4-kilometer (2.4 mile) fuel spill in the Mediterranean Sea that French and Italian authorities are working to contain.
No one was injured in Sunday's collision, but it smashed a hole of several meters (yards) long in the hull of one of the ships, causing the spill, according to a statement from the regional French maritime authority.
Protesters in Paris support migrant rescue ship Aquarius
PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people, many wearing orange to evoke life vests, demonstrated Saturday in Paris to back a private humanitarian ship that rescues migrants who are making the dangerous voyage to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea.
Demonstrators at the Place de la Republique carried signs reading "Saving lives: A duty not a crime," ''Save the Aquarius," and other slogans backing the ship.
The Latest: Migrant group says far-right occupied France HQ
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
A humanitarian group that operates a migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea says its headquarters in France was briefly occupied by far-right militants.
SOS Mediterranee tweeted Friday afternoon that its employees in the port city of Marseille were safe. It said police responded.
Italy-flagged migrant rescue ship challenges Italian policy
ROME (AP) — An Italian-flagged rescue ship set sail Thursday for the deadly migrant smuggling route in the central Mediterranean Sea, challenging moves by Italy's populist government to shut down such humanitarian operations.
The Mare Jonio, a former tug boat, left from the Sicilian port of Augusta. The Mediterranea humanitarian group bought and equipped the 37-meter (120-foot) long ship and has started a crowd-funding initiative.
The Latest: Italy-flagged migrant rescue ship sets sail
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
An Italian-flagged rescue ship has set sail for the deadly migrant smuggling route in the central Mediterranean Sea in the face of political moves by Italy's populist government to shut down such operations.
The Mare Jonio, a former tug boat, has departed from the Sicilian port of Augusta.
The Mediterranea humanitarian group bought and equipped the 37-meter-long (120-foot-long) ship.
The Latest: Group says 34 migrants feared dead off Morocco
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
A Spanish nonprofit group says 32 adult migrants and two children are feared dead in waters off the Moroccan coast after waiting to be rescued from a semi-sunken boat for more than 36 hours.
Walking Borders founder Helena Maleno said 26 survivors were taken ashore to the Moroccan town of Nador on Monday afternoon.
Maleno says they told her that 34 people had died or disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea.
UN refugee chief: Med rescues ‘taken hostage’ by politics
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency says returns home among the millions of Syrians living abroad are few, and insists that rescues on the Mediterranean Sea have been "taken hostage by politics" — and must be restored.
Filippo Grandi also urged Myanmar's government to do more to create the conditions for Rohingya Muslims to return home. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape a bloody crackdown since August last year.
The Latest: Migrants delayed by bad weather reach Malta
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local):
A group of migrants who were stuck at sea in bad weather for five days have arrived in Malta after being transferred to a Maltese naval vessel from a humanitarian rescue ship.
The Latest: Mattis says plane downing won’t affect IS fight
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a Russian military aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and other issues related to Syria (all times local):
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the shootdown of a Russian military aircraft by Syrian forces complicates relations between President Bashar Assad and the Russian government but has "no effect whatever" on the U.S. campaign to defeat Islamic State fighters in Syria.
The Latest: Migrants reaching Spain more than double in 2018
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):
The European Union's border agency says the number of migrants crossing the western Mediterranean Sea into Spain more than doubled in the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2017.
Spain rescues more than 300 migrants in Mediterranean Sea
MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved over 300 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea this weekend.
The service says it rescued 160 migrants from six boats on Saturday, and another 172 migrants from four boats on Sunday in the Strait of Gibraltar.
NATO reports Russian naval buildup amid Syria tensions
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO says the Russian navy is building up its presence in the Mediterranean Sea amid growing tensions over the war in Syria.
Russia has provided crucial military support for Syrian government forces, which are expected to mount an offensive in the northern Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the country.
The Latest: UN refugee chief urges long-term EU solution
ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local):
The United Nations' refugee agency says it's relieved that the latest Mediterranean Sea standoff over migrants is over, but is calling again for Europe to establish procedures for the proper disembarkation of people rescued while trying to reach the continent by water.