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Spain saves 493 migrants yet stops rescue ship from leaving

Jan. 14, 2019 2:15 PM EST

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. An order from Spanish authorities to the aid...

Malta allows migrants off rescue ships in 8-nation EU deal

Jan. 9, 2019 7:36 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Racing an approaching storm, Maltese military vessels took to shore 49 migrants who were kept in limbo on private rescue ships until the island nation reached a deal Wednesday for the asylum-seekers to be distributed among eight other European Union members. The deal ended an impasse...

The Latest: Italy alleges extremists smuggled migrants

Jan. 9, 2019 1:50 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Italian police say they have broken up a migrant-smuggling ring allegedly organized by Tunisian extremists. Carabinieri police in Sicily's capital said on Wednesday that some suspects were under investigation for allegedly...

Malta to take stranded migrants off boats in EU deal

Jan. 9, 2019 7:10 AM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — 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,...

Malta's prime minister says 49 migrants stranded on boats will be brought to Malta and then sent to 8 countries

Jan. 9, 2019 6:01 AM EST
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's prime minister says 49 migrants stranded on boats will be brought to Malta and then sent to 8 countries.

German rescue groups say migrants' health worsening on ships

Jan. 8, 2019 4:23 PM EST

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...

The Latest: Man dies at Greek refugee camp, cause unknown

Jan. 8, 2019 9:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Greek authorities are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man from Cameroon who was taken to a hospital from a sprawling refugee camp on the island of Lesbos. Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas said the cause...

The Latest: Some Italian leaders reject asylum-seekers law

Jan. 7, 2019 12:06 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Several Italian mayors and governors are challenging a new law introduced by the populist government that cracks down on asylum-seekers. Piedmont Gov. Sergio Chiamparino, told Sky TG24 TV Monday that he'll ask...

Italian leaders send conflicting messages on migrants at sea

Jan. 5, 2019 4:48 PM EST

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...

The Latest: France ups measures to stop migrant crossings

Jan. 4, 2019 12:45 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 6:40 p.m. France is launching an action plan to prevent migrants from crossing the English Channel from France to England. The Interior Ministry said in a statement the plan is to further secure the ports of Calais and...