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The Latest: Malta says Italy taking some Aquarius migrants

Aug. 15, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on a ship carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Malta says that Italy will take in some of the 141 migrants rescued by the aid ship Aquarius last Friday, in what amounts to a reversal for the hard-line anti-migrant government in Rome that had...

UN refugee agency demands end to Mediterranean impasses

Aug. 15, 2018 3:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is urging European countries to end a string of impasses over ships carrying rescued migrants and put together a Mediterranean regional arrangement that makes clear where such vessels can dock. The Geneva-based agency welcomed Malta's decision Tuesday to allow the...

Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard

Aug. 14, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta on Tuesday agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations in what was described as a "responsibility-sharing exercise." The migrants were plucked to safety by the aid boat...

The Latest: Germany says it will take 60 migrants

Aug. 14, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a ship carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Germany's Interior Ministry says the country will take in up to 50 migrants from the rescue ship Aquarius as a humanitarian gesture. The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that the ministry said...

EU seeks safe harbor for ship carrying 141 rescued migrants

Aug. 13, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Commission said Monday that it is in contact with a number of member states to identify a country willing to take 141 migrants picked up by a rescue ship, after the French aid groups operating the ship appealed for a safe port and Italy said Britain should take responsibility....

The Latest: Malta rescues 114 migrants from sinking dinghy

Aug. 13, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 6:00 p.m. Malta's armed forces say that a patrol boat has rescued 114 migrants aboard a rubber dinghy taking on water 53 nautical miles south of the Mediterranean island nation. The Maltese Navy said all of the migrants, who...

Aid group: Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants

Aug. 12, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Migrants in distress at sea have told their rescuers that several ships passed them by without offering assistance, a European aid group said Sunday while seeking safe harbor for a rescue vessel with 141 migrants aboard. SOS Mediterranee in a statement said that due to the recent refusal of...

Family of slain Maltese journalist demands public inquiry

Aug. 9, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The family of slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia called Thursday for a full public inquiry into her death, accusing Maltese authorities of failing in their duty to determine whether more could have been done to save the reporter's life. Caruana Galizia, who had probed...

Royal Navy rescued suicide bomber 3 years before attack

Jul. 31, 2018 8:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Royal Navy rescued the Manchester Arena suicide bomber and his younger brother from the civil war in Libya three years before he killed 22 people at the Ariana Grande pop concert. Britain's Daily Mail reported Tuesday that the HMS Enterprise picked up Salman Abedi and more than 100 other...

The Latest: Half of migrants at center of standoff off Malta

Jul. 29, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Thirty migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea have left Malta for Portugal, part of a deal that ended a standoff over a private aid boat. Their departure on Sunday means half of the 234 people who were rescued...