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Spain saves 493 migrants yet stops rescue ship from leaving

Jan. 14, 2019 2:15 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities pulled 493 migrants from eight rickety boats in the Mediterranean Sea on Monday yet blocked a humanitarian rescue ship from leaving the port of Barcelona, saying it violated maritime regulations on previous trips. An order from Spanish authorities to the aid...

Malta allows migrants off rescue ships in 8-nation EU deal

Jan. 9, 2019 7:36 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Racing an approaching storm, Maltese military vessels took to shore 49 migrants who were kept in limbo on private rescue ships until the island nation reached a deal Wednesday for the asylum-seekers to be distributed among eight other European Union members. The deal ended an impasse...

The Latest: Italy alleges extremists smuggled migrants

Jan. 9, 2019 1:50 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Italian police say they have broken up a migrant-smuggling ring allegedly organized by Tunisian extremists. Carabinieri police in Sicily's capital said on Wednesday that some suspects were under investigation for allegedly...

German rescue groups say migrants' health worsening on ships

Jan. 8, 2019 4:23 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Two German nonprofit groups appealed to European Union countries Tuesday to take in 49 migrants waiting on rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea, warning of the passengers' deteriorating health. Sea-Watch and Sea-Eye representatives told reporters in Berlin that drinking water was being...

The Latest: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants

Jan. 6, 2019 9:47 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant situation (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, noted that the migrants,...

Spain rescues 549 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean

Jan. 6, 2019 9:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 549 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea. The service says its craft intercepted six small smuggling boats carrying a total of 350 migrants on Saturday in waters east of the Strait of Gibraltar. On Sunday another 199 migrants were...

Italian leaders send conflicting messages on migrants at sea

Jan. 5, 2019 4:48 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The leaders of the populist parties that formed Italy's government sparred Saturday over more migrants stranded on private rescue vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, exposing cracks in their coalition's position on immigration. German humanitarian groups Sea-Watch and Sea Eye are seeking a port...

Spanish police discover 2 migrants hidden inside mattresses

Jan. 1, 2019 9:03 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Desperate to reach Europe from North Africa, two African migrants were discovered by police attempting to cross the Spanish border hidden inside a pair of mattresses. A video shot by a mobile phone of the move Sunday went viral in Spain. It showed agents of Spain's Civil Guard taking two...

UN calls on countries to take in migrants rescued at sea

Dec. 31, 2018 9:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is calling on countries to take in 49 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days. Geneva-based UNHCR urged governments Monday to "urgently offer safe ports and disembarkation" and agree on a system that provides rescue ship captains with clarity about...

Italy's foreign minister to visit Washington on Jan. 3-4

Dec. 28, 2018 1:32 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's foreign minister, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, will be visiting Washington in early January, meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department and with national security adviser John Bolton at the White House. Italy's Foreign Ministry said Friday that topics for the Jan. 3-4...