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Olympics Latest: Rashitov wins taekwondo gold at Tokyo Games

Jul. 25, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Ulugbek Rashitov won Uzbekistan’s first Olympic taekwondo gold medal...

Iranian taekwondoka barely misses refugee team's 1st medal

Jul. 25, 2021 08:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Iranian defector Kimia Alizadeh barely missed out on the Refugee Olympic Team's first-ever medal, losing to Turkey’s Hatice Kübra İlgün in their bronze medal taekwondo bout at the Tokyo Games. Alizadeh won bronze in Rio de Janeiro for Iran, becoming...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...

Search continues off Greek island for missing migrants

Jul. 23, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation continued into the night Friday off the coast of the Greek island of Crete for several people believed missing a day after a sailboat carrying dozens of migrants sank in high winds. Greece’s coast guard said 37...

Turkey: Boat carrying 45 migrants sinking in Aegean Sea

Jul. 23, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A boat carrying 45 migrants was sinking in the southeastern Aegean Sea and rescue units were deployed, Turkey’s defense ministry said Friday. The ministry tweeted that the boat ran into trouble about 60 miles (nearly 100 kilometers) south of the Greek...

Greece: Dozens of migrants rescued after stranded boat sinks

Jul. 22, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 36 migrants were rescued late Thursday after a sail boat was stranded in high winds and sank off the island of Crete, while a search continues for people feared missing. The coast guard said an air force helicopter picked up...

Over 200 African men cross from Morocco into Spain's Melilla

Jul. 22, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's autonomous city of Melilla said Thursday that 238 African men have made it into the North African Spanish enclave after climbing over fences separating it from Morocco. Sub-Saharan migrants fleeing poverty or violence regularly...

Refugee defector from Iran to face Iranian at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 22, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A defector from Iran who competes in taekwondo for the refugee team at the Tokyo Olympics was drawn on Thursday to face an Iranian opponent in the qualifying round. Kimia Alizadeh, who left Iran citing institutional sexism, will face Nahid Kiyani Chandeh in...

17 migrants drown, 166 others rescued off Tunisian coast

Jul. 22, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least 17 migrants from Bangladesh drowned and more than 300 were rescued by Tunisian and Libyan naval units after their boat sank in the Mediterranean, according to aid groups Thursday. Survivors said all those who died had been in the hold of...

UN migration official: 20 migrants drown off Libya's coast

Jul. 21, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard intercepted Wednesday four boats in the Mediterranean Sea carrying migrants trying to reach Europe, a U.N. official said. According to the migrants, 20 people from one of the vessels had gone overboard earlier in the day and were presumed to have drowned. ...