Latest Mediterranean Sea News

Migrant boat capsizes near Spain's Canary Islands, 4 dead

Jun. 18, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Four people died, one of them a child, when a migrant boat believed to be carrying 45 passengers capsized near Spain’s Canary Islands, Spanish authorities said Friday. The boat was approaching Órzola on the island of Lanzarote on Thursday...

Danish lawmakers approve plan to locate asylum center abroad

Jun. 03, 2021 10:54 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish lawmakers voted Thursday in favor of Denmark establishing a refugee reception center in a third country that is likely to be in Africa, a move that could be a first step toward moving the country's asylum screening process outside of Europe. ...

2 migrants dead, more than 100 rescued off Tunisian coast

Jun. 02, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The bodies of two migrants have been recovered from the Mediterranean Sea and another 20 remain missing a day after two Europe-bound boats foundered off the coast of Tunisia, officials said Wednesday. Tunisian naval units rescued a total 109...

Tunisian ship rescues 100 Europe-bound migrants from dinghy

May. 25, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisian navy frigate rescued 100 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa early Tuesday as their inflatable dinghy foundered in the Mediterranean Sea. The 82 men, 10 women and eight infants had pushed off from Libya and were rescued some 40 kilometers...

Italy, EU vow to support Tunisia's economy to stem migration

May. 20, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Italy and the European Union promised Thursday to support Tunisia's economy as part of their efforts to stem migration across the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe. Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese and EU Commissioner for Home Affairs...

Spain, Morocco square off after 8,000 migrants arrive by sea

May. 18, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

CEUTA, Spain (AP) — Spain deployed its military to the Moroccan border Tuesday and expelled nearly half of the thousands of migrants who jumped fences or swam onto European soil over two days after Rabat loosened border controls amid a deepening diplomatic spat. ...

Around 3,000 Moroccan migrants cross into Spanish territory

May. 17, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Around 3,000 Moroccans, a third of whom were presumed to be minors according to Spanish authorities, swam and used inflatable boats Monday to cross into Ceuta, the largest number of migrant arrivals in a single day into Spain's enclave in northern Africa. ...

UN: Bodies of 10 Europe-bound migrants wash up in Libya

May. 11, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 10 bodies of Europe-bound migrants washed up ashore in western Libya on Tuesday, a U.N. migration official said, after two shipwrecks this week left some 30 people presumed drowned. The bodies were found near the western Libyan towns of Zuwara and...

Italian Navy rescues fisherman reportedly shot off Libya

May. 06, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Italian Navy ship has rescued a crew member of an Italian fishing boat reportedly injured by warning shots fired by the Libyan Coast Guard, Italian media said Thursday. The Libyans opened fire near two fishing boats, the Aliseo and the Artemide, in the...

US-mediated border talks between Lebanon, Israel resume

May. 04, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — After a nearly six-month pause, Lebanon and Israel on Tuesday resumed indirect talks with U.S. mediation over their disputed maritime border. Disagreements among the Lebanese leadership over the small country's claims prevailed. The talks ended...