Latest Mediterranean Sea News

The Latest: Group: Malta finally allows rescue ship to leave

Oct. 20, 2018 10:02 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A humanitarian group says its migrant rescue ship has been cleared to leave Malta for repairs, after being prevented from doing so for months by the island's authorities. The German group Sea-Watch said Saturday...

EU looks to African nations, border control to stop migrants

Oct. 18, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to pursue the cooperation of countries in North Africa and to beef up the bloc's external borders to stop large numbers of migrants from entering Europe. A statement from an EU summit in Brussels where the leaders of member countries discussed...

The Latest: Spain says 3 migrants dead, 17 missing at sea

Oct. 13, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 12:10 p.m. Spain's maritime rescue service says it has recovered the bodies of three migrants but feared that another 17 were missing in the Mediterranean Sea. The service says that its rescue craft found the bodies in...

France, Italy begin cleanup for Mediterranean fuel spill

Oct. 8, 2018 8:19 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French and Italian maritime authorities have begun cleaning up a fuel spill that has spread 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) in the Mediterranean Sea after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. Italy's coast guard said Monday it's recovering some of the polluted material and...

Fuel spill in Mediterranean after ships collide near Corsica

Oct. 7, 2018 4:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Two merchant ships collided north of the French island of Corsica on Sunday, causing a 4-kilometer (2.4 mile) fuel spill in the Mediterranean Sea that French and Italian authorities are working to contain. No one was injured in Sunday's collision, but it smashed a hole of several meters...

Protesters in Paris support migrant rescue ship Aquarius

Oct. 6, 2018 12:51 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people, many wearing orange to evoke life vests, demonstrated Saturday in Paris to back a private humanitarian ship that rescues migrants who are making the dangerous voyage to Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. Demonstrators at the Place de la Republique carried signs reading...

The Latest: Migrant group says far-right occupied France HQ

Oct. 5, 2018 11:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 4:14 p.m. A humanitarian group that operates a migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea says its headquarters in France was briefly occupied by far-right militants. SOS Mediterranee tweeted Friday afternoon that its...

Italy-flagged migrant rescue ship challenges Italian policy

Oct. 4, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An Italian-flagged rescue ship set sail Thursday for the deadly migrant smuggling route in the central Mediterranean Sea, challenging moves by Italy's populist government to shut down such humanitarian operations. The Mare Jonio, a former tug boat, left from the Sicilian port of Augusta. The...

The Latest: Italy-flagged migrant rescue ship sets sail

Oct. 4, 2018 6:53 AM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 12:50 p.m. An Italian-flagged rescue ship has set sail for the deadly migrant smuggling route in the central Mediterranean Sea in the face of political moves by Italy's populist government to shut down such operations. The...

Spanish group: 34 migrants feared dead in waters off Morocco

Oct. 2, 2018 5:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish nonprofit group said 34 migrants were feared dead after their group waited for more than 36 hours to be rescued from a semi-sunken boat in waters off Morocco. The Moroccan Interior Ministry said Tuesday 11 bodies were recovered and the boat's teenage skipper had been detained. The...