Latest Mediterranean Sea News

Italy's Salvini furious as 47 migrants land despite his ban

May. 20, 2019 4:18 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's hard-line Interior Minister Matteo Salvini threatened possible legal action Monday after 47 migrants rescued at sea by a humanitarian aid ship landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa despite his explicit ban against them. The German aid group Sea-Watch said the 47 migrants...

Morocco says it's cutting illegal migrant crossings to Spain

May. 17, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The North African kingdom of Morocco is using new tactics to cut into the surge of migrants seeking to use it as a springboard to get to Europe, stopping about 25,000 attempts to reach Spain so far this year, mainly via the Strait of Gibraltar. Border security chief Khalid Zerouali...

US in new push to resolve Israel-Lebanon sea border dispute

May. 15, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior U.S. official who has been mediating the maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon met with Lebanese officials Wednesday for a second day, signaling a new push to resolve the matter. Israel and Lebanon both claim some 860 square kilometers (330 square miles) of the...

Spain arrests 11 suspects of trafficking migrants across Med

May. 15, 2019 12:16 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested 11 people suspected of forming part of a human trafficking ring transporting migrants across the Mediterranean Sea in small boats unfit for the open water. Police said Wednesday that the suspects recruited Moroccan adults and minors seeking to reach...

The Latest: Police boat miles from Cyprus picks up 14 at sea

May. 12, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on mass migration to Europe (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Cyprus authorities say a police vessel has rescued 14 people believed to be migrants in waters approximately 53 kilometers (33 miles) off the island nation's southeastern tip. The Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination...

Up to 70 migrants drown after boat capsizes off Tunisia

May. 10, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As many as 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, and at least 16 other people from the boat were rescued, according to U.N. migration officials and Tunisia's state news agency. The International Organization for...

Tunisian news agency: Up to 70 migrants die when their boat sinks in Mediterranean Sea

May. 10, 2019 9:30 AM EDT
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisian news agency: Up to 70 migrants die when their boat sinks in Mediterranean Sea.

The Latest: Pompeo says US pressuring Iran to act 'normal'

May. 6, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran (all times local): 3 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is intensifying pressure to "get Iran to behave like a normal nation." Pompeo spoke to reporters Monday in Finland following the administration's decision...

Spain rescues over 416 migrants at sea in 3 days

May. 6, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it saved hundreds of migrants while they were attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in the last three days. The service reported on Monday that it pulled 416 people from 10 different boats its rescue craft had intercepted starting on Saturday. Spain...

The Latest: Possible attack on US forces led to deployments

May. 6, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran (all times local): 10:25 p.m. A U.S. defense official says the deployments of an aircraft carrier strike group and land-based bombers to the Middle East are in response to indications that Iran and its proxy forces were preparing to possibly attack...