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In this photo taken on Thursday, July 3, 2020, migrants and SOS Mediterranee staffers stand aboard the Ocean Viking ship in the Mediterranean Sea. A charity ship says it has declared a state of emergency on board after six of the rescued migrants aboard tried to kill themselves. SOS Mediterranee, which operates the Ocean Viking, said in a statement Friday, July 3, 2020 that some of the 180 migrants have started physical fights among themselves or are threatening fellow survivors and crew. (Flavio Gasperini/SOS Mediterranee via AP)

Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide

Jul. 3, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Six migrants aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea tried to kill themselves and others have gotten into fights and threatened fellow passengers and crew members in growing desperation over their inability to find a country willing to take them in, the charity that operates the vessel...

Aid group seeks port for 180 migrants rescued in Med Sea

Jul. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Aid group SOS Mediterranee says it waiting for a port to disembark 180 migrants rescued at sea, and says five requests to Italian and Maltese port authorities have gone unanswered. The Ocean Viking ship resumed rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea on June 22, after riding out the...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, and Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas greet each other by using their elbows before a meeting, in Berlin, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (Cam Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry via AP, Pool)

Turkey demands French apology over Med naval incident

Jul. 2, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday demanded an apology from France over its depiction of a standoff between ships from the two countries in the Mediterranean Sea that prompted Paris to suspend its involvement in a NATO naval operation. France says its frigate Courbet was “lit...

FILE - In this May 11 2017 file photo, the French stealth frigate Courbet is docked at Naval Base Guam, near Hagatna, Guam. rance is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation of Libya's coast after a standoff with a Turkish ship and amid growing tensions within the military alliance over Libya. France is also calling for crisis mechanism to prevent a repeat of an incident earlier this month between Turkish warships and the French naval vessel Courbet in the Mediterranean. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)

France freezes role in NATO naval force amid Turkey tensions

Jul. 1, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France announced Wednesday that it is suspending its involvement in a NATO naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea after a standoff with a Turkish warship, amid growing tensions within the military alliance over the conflict in Libya. France’s Defense Ministry said that the government...

UN says bodies of 2 migrants, baby washed up on Libyan coast

Jun. 17, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The bodies of two African migrants and a 5-month-old boy who drowned in a shipwreck over the weekend were found on the coast of Libya, a U.N. official said Wednesday. Separately, the Libyan coast guard intercepted a ship with 130 Europe-bound migrants and returned them to Libya. Safa Msehli,...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right,  and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis give joint statements in Jerusalem, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. (Debbie Hill, UPI Pool via AP)

Israeli PM sets August target date to open skies to flight

Jun. 16, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Greek counterpart Tuesday he hoped to open Israel's skies as soon as August after a prolonged closure due to the coronavirus, and that Greece would be among the first destinations for Israeli tourists. The visit by Greek Prime Minister...

UN says dozen migrants feared drowned in capsizing off Libya

Jun. 13, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A dozen people were missing and feared drowned off the coast of Libya on Saturday after a boat carrying around three dozen migrants bound for Europe capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, a U.N. official said. Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, said the...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file, photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. The U.S. military Tuesday, May 26, 2020 accused Russia of deploying fighter planes to conflict-stricken Libya to support Russian mercenaries aiding east-based forces in their offensive on the capital, Tripoli. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

UN chief shocked at Libya mass graves in recently freed town

Jun. 13, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed deep shock late Friday at the discovery of mass graves in Libyan territory recently recaptured from forces commanded by Khalifa Hifter, and called for a transparent investigation. The U.N. chief also called on Libya’s...

Italy detains 10 Nigerians accused in human trafficking ring

Jun. 12, 2020 8:50 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police have detained 10 Nigerians accused of running a human trafficking ring that allegedly used voodoo rituals and promises of jobs to lure migrants to Italy, where they were put to work as prostitutes. Police in Catania, Sicily, said the victims, including some minors, paid as much...

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 2, 2020, migrants dry their clothes aboard a tourist boats some 20 kilometers from Malta, . More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels, bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats in several operations in the central Mediterranean since late April, the migrants, along with the Maltese government, are waiting for European Union countries to offer to take them. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

Europe rights body urges action for migrants stuck off Malta

Jun. 4, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Europe’s leading human rights organization is calling for immediate action to bring to shore some 400 migrants that the Malta government transferred to chartered pleasure boats at sea. The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, said in a statement Thursday that the...