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19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus

Jul. 18, 2018 2:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Nineteen people drowned when a boat loaded with as many as 150 people who were thought to be migrants capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, a Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday. Tolga Atakan, the transport minister in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, told...

The Latest: EU border guards may be deployed in Macedonia

Jul. 18, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The European Union and Macedonia have agreed to allow EU border guards to be deployed in Macedonia if the country, which borders Greece, faces "sudden migratory challenges." The deal, initialed by EU commissioner...

Rescue group: Libya left migrants to die in Mediterranean

Jul. 17, 2018 5:30 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A migrant aid group has accused Libya's coast guard of abandoning three people in the Mediterranean Sea, including a woman and a toddler who died, after intercepting 160 Europe-bound migrants near the shores of the North African nation. Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish rescue group, said it...

The Latest: Libya defends migrant rescue record at sea

Jul. 17, 2018 5:12 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on mass migration to Europe (all times local): 10:30 p.m. A spokesman for Libya's coast guard has responded to the criticism of a Spanish aid group and said guard members carry out rescues of Europe-bound migrants, "in accordance with international standards in saving lives at...

Libyan coast guard rescues some 160 Europe-bound migrants

Jul. 17, 2018 4:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted some 160 Europe-bound African migrants, including dozens of children and women, in the Mediterranean Sea near its shores. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a boat carrying 158 passengers including 34 women and nine children was stopped Monday off the coast...

UN envoy says reforms needed to resume Libyan oil production

Jul. 16, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya said Monday he fears the recent agreement to resume oil production in the conflict-torn country will not hold unless two issues are speedily tackled — distribution of wealth and "endemic plundering of resources." Ghassan Salame told the Security Council...

Libya says 8 migrants suffocated inside shipping container

Jul. 16, 2018 6:39 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya says at least eight people, mainly children, died of suffocation inside a shipping container crammed with migrants in the western coastal city of Zuwara. The city's security authorities said on Facebook on Monday that the deceased — six children, a woman and a young man...

Assailants abduct workers at oil facility in Libya

Jul. 14, 2018 12:10 PM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Unidentified assailants abducted workers at a facility belonging to Libya's largest oil field, hampering daily production there, Libya's national oil company said Saturday. The assailants kidnapped four staff members working at Station 186 of the Sharara field, the National Oil...

Italy won't allow boat with 450 migrants; says "go to Malta"

Jul. 13, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy and Malta squabbled Friday over who was responsible for rescuing 450 migrants crowded aboard a fishing boat in the Mediterranean as the vessel, apparently not seeking help, headed toward a tiny island off Sicily. Italian Transport Minister DaniloToninelli had tweeted that Malta was...

The Latest: Italy, Malta at odds over boat with 450 migrants

Jul. 13, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on the migrant crisis in Europe (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Malta says a fishing boat with some 450 migrants on board was in Italian waters when it learned about the vessel so it's not up to Maltese authorities to carry out a rescue. Italy said Friday that Malta was obliged to save...