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The Latest: Sea rescue group says Malta will take 44 ashore

Jul. 8, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 11:30 p.m. German humanitarian group Sea-Eye says the crew of its ship rescued 44 people from a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea. The sea rescue group says its ship, the Alan Kurdi, picked the boat passengers up on Monday...

Malta OKs transfer of 65 migrants from German ship to port

Jul. 7, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Malta's government has agreed to help 65 rescued migrants by transferring them from a German-operated rescue boat to a Maltese military vessel that will take them to a Maltese port. Malta announced the decision on Sunday afternoon after talks with the European Commission and the German...

The Latest: Spain rescues 300 migrants; 3 were on a kayak

Jul. 6, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 7.00 p.m. Spain's Maritime Rescue Service says that nearly 300 African migrants have been rescued in two days trying to reach Europe's southernmost shores, including three men who had spent the night at sea on a kayak. Nearly 100 migrants...

The Latest: Moroccan Navy rescues 330 migrants in 2 days

Jul. 5, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Morocco says that the Royal Navy has rescued about 330 migrants trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar in unseaworthy craft. The official MAP news agency said that there were numerous attempts to reach Spain early Friday and late...

NGO ship with migrants barred from docking in Italy

Jul. 5, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian humanitarian group whose boat has been barred from docking in Lampedusa said it is waiting for about 40 migrants still onboard to be transferred to Malta on military patrols, a move that could possibly avert another standoff with Italy's populist government. Mediterranea Saving...

Rescue ship captain held in Italy attracts donors, defenders

Jun. 30, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — High-level support and almost three-quarters of a million dollars in donations poured in Sunday for the German captain of a migrant rescue ship who was arrested after she defied repeated orders to stay out of Italy and struck a police boat while bringing 40 people to port. Carola Rackete...

The Latest: Spanish rescue ship now bound for Italian island

Jun. 30, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A Spanish humanitarian group says its rescue vessel spotted 40 severely dehydrated migrants whose boat is now being escorted to the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa by Italy's coast guard. Proactiva Open Arms...

Rescue ship with 42 migrants defies Italy order to stay out

Jun. 26, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A private sea rescue ship carrying 42 migrants it took aboard off Libya two weeks ago entered Italian waters Wednesday despite an explicit ban from Italy's interior minister, who has threatened to seize the ship operated by a German aid organization and to arrest its captain. Interior Minister...

Southern EU leaders seek united policy front at meeting

Jun. 14, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leaders of southern European nations gathered in Malta on Friday to build a united front on key economic and political issues before next week's European Council meeting. Key European Union jobs, migration issues and climate change were at the top of the agenda in Valletta, where the...

EU hails quality of swimming water as the mercury rises

Jun. 6, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With weather temperatures starting to climb, the European Commission says that 85 percent of Europe's bathing sites have excellent water quality. The commission said Thursday that the islands of Cyprus and Malta, as well as Greece and Austria, have the highest numbers of clean swimming...