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Nigerian stowaways found on ship's rudder in Canary Islands

Nov. 29, 2022 10:16 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Three stowaways were found on a ship's rudder in the Canary Islands after an 11-day ocean voyage from Nigeria, Spain’s maritime rescue service said. The men found on the Alithini II oil tanker at the Las Palmas port on Monday afternoon appeared to have...

Malta proposes bill to ease EU's strictest anti-abortion law

Nov. 21, 2022 14:28 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta’s government introduced proposed legislation Monday to ease the European Union’s strictest anti-abortion law and allow the procedure in cases where the mother’s life or health is at risk. The move comes after a headline-grabbing case involving an...

4 EU members say they can't take so many migrant arrivals

Nov. 12, 2022 15:02 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Four Mediterranean European Union nations have issued a joint statement on a dispute over a deal for Europe to jointly help asylum-seekers. In their statement Saturday, Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus repeated their positions that they “cannot subscribe to...

EXPLAINER: What's behind Italy's migrant sea rescue standoff

Nov. 08, 2022 08:14 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s new far-right-led government has blocked humanitarian rescue ships from accessing its ports, resulting in a standoff with charities that patrol the deadly central Mediterranean, rescuing people in trouble at sea. Nongovernmental organizations, as well as...

Italy silent as ships with 1,000 rescued migrants seek help

Nov. 03, 2022 13:12 PM EDT

ABOARD THE GEO BARENTS (AP) — Humanitarian groups caring for nearly 1,000 rescued migrants on three ships in the central Mediterranean are sounding an alarm about deteriorating conditions, but Italy's new far-right-led government has not responded to requests for a safe portas it hardens its...

NGO: Libyan Coast Guard threatened to shoot down plane

Oct. 26, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The German non-governmental organization Sea-Watch on Wednesday accused the Libyan coast guard of threatening to shoot down their monitoring plane that helps the group document the interception of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. According to an audio...

New Italian rules could keep humanitarian ships out of port

Oct. 26, 2022 10:06 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The new Italian government has prepared directives that could be used to once again prevent humanitarian rescue groups from accessing Italy’s ports, according to Italian media reports Wednesday. Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi signed a directive Tuesday notifying...

Report: More than 29,000 migrants to Europe died since 2014

Oct. 25, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — More than 29,000 migrants have died trying to reach Europe since 2014, with 5,000 deaths in the last two years, the International Organization for Migration said in a report Tuesday. The U.N. agency's Missing Migrants Project spoke of “increasing numbers of deaths...

Nearly 300 rescued migrants reach southern Italian port

Oct. 22, 2022 11:22 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nearly 300 migrants disembarked in the southern Italian port of Taranto on Saturday after their rescue at sea in five different operations by the crew of a humanitarian vessel operated by Doctors Without Borders. About half of the 293 rescued passengers on the Geo...

Italian coast guard finds bodies of 2 minors on migrant boat

Oct. 21, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Two minors were found dead Friday on a migrant boat carrying nearly 40 people in the Mediterranean Sea and a search was under way for a woman reported missing from the vessel, Italy's coast guard said. A coast guard statement said 36 people were found alive on the boat,...