Latest Mediterranean Sea News

Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

Aug. 16, 2018 3:57 AM EDT

LARA BEACH, Cyprus (AP) — For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years. Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on...

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...

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...

The Latest: France OKs taking 20 migrants from boat in Spain

Aug. 9, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The French presidency says France is ready to take in about 20 of the 87 migrants from a rescue boat that docked at a port in southern Spain on Thursday. The president's office said France has decided to...

Spain takes more African migrants despite signs of tension

Aug. 9, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

ALGECIRAS, Spain (AP) — A rescue boat carrying 87 African migrants who were saved in the Mediterranean Sea docked Thursday at the southern Spanish port of Algeciras, but without the welcome offered to previous groups as the political mood in Spain began showing signs of tension about a spike in migrant...

UN says Libya recovered some 100 bodies of migrants in 2018

Aug. 6, 2018 7:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says Libya's coast guard has recovered some 100 bodies of Europe-bound migrants off its coast in 2018. A statement from UNHCR late on Sunday also said that as of July 31, the Libyan coast guard had also intercepted or rescued 12,633 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea,...

Halfway through summer, Rome get promised riverside beach

Aug. 5, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Summer's half over, but the people of Rome finally have their beach along the Tiber River. The artificial beach officially was inaugurated on Friday. But thunderstorms and uncompleted details kept Romans waiting until Sunday for a full day of sunbathing and beach volleyball near Marconi Bridge....

Spain saves 223 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean

Aug. 4, 2018 11:27 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say they have rescued 223 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. Spain's maritime rescue service says its craft intercepted three boats carrying 180 people Saturday and a Civil Guard vessel pulled 43 others from a fourth boat. Spain is seeing...

5-year drought raises questions over Israel's water strategy

Aug. 4, 2018 7:31 AM EDT

KFAR YUVAL, Israel (AP) — For years, public service announcements warned Israelis to save water: Take shorter showers. Plant resilient gardens. Conserve. Then Israel invested heavily in desalination technology and professed to have solved the problem by tapping into the abundant waters of the Mediterranean...