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EU takes Malta to court over passport-for-pay program

Sep. 29, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch said Thursday that it is taking Malta to court over its golden passport policy that allows wealthy people to buy EU citizenship, even after the small island country suspended the program for citizens of Russia and Belarus. The...

Drowning island nations: 'This is how a Pacific atoll dies'

Sep. 22, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

While world leaders from wealthy countries acknowledge the “existential threat” of climate change, Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano is racing to save his tiny island nation from drowning by raising it 13 to 16 feet (4 to 5 meters) above sea level through land reclamation. ...

Spanish charity rescues 372 in central Mediterranean; 1 dead

Sep. 19, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OPEN ARMS UNO (AP) — The Spanish charity Open Arms has rescued 372 people seeking to cross the central Mediterranean to Europe in unseaworthy smugglers' boats and recovered the corpse of a man who had been shot by smugglers, officials said Sunday. The rescue ship Open...

Once home to a princess, Malta remembers the queen

Sep. 17, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A dilapidated villa outside Malta’s capital where a young Princess Elizabeth and her husband lived for a fondly recalled period before she became queen has become a focal point of Malta's remembrance of the late monarch and her ties to the former British colony in the...

Six migrants reported dead at sea in central Mediterranean

Sep. 12, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Migrants picked up at sea by a mercantile ship and brought to Italy by the coast guard have reported that six people died of thirst during the voyage, the U.N. refugee agency said Monday. The Italian Coast Guard said it transported 26 migrants to the Sicilian port of...

61 migrants rescued by freighter off Malta reach Crete

Sep. 07, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of 61 migrants picked up by a cargo ship from a crippled fishing boat in the central Mediterranean have safely reached the island of Crete hours after a severely ill child on the freighter died while being airlifted to Greece, Greek authorities said Wednesday. ...

61 migrants rescued by freighter off Malta landed on Crete

Sep. 07, 2022 06:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A group of 61 migrants picked up by a cargo ship from a crippled vessel in the central Mediterranean have safely reached Crete hours after a severely ill child on the freighter died while being airlifted to the Greek island, authorities said Wednesday. It was...

Relatives lose contact with Lebanese migrant ship near Malta

Sep. 06, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and relatives of Lebanese and Syrian migrants aboard a fishing boat taking on water near the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea said Tuesday they lost contact with the vessel overnight. The roughly 60 Lebanese and Syrian migrants on board had told...

Lebanese migrants adrift in Mediterranean plead for rescue

Sep. 05, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Lebanese and Syrian migrants who are adrift in the Mediterranean on a fishing boat that has taken on water pleaded with European coast guards Monday to save them, saying two children on board have already died. The roughly 60 migrants also told relatives and...

European charity seeks safe port for 460 rescued migrants

Aug. 31, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The SOS Mediterranee charity is urgently seeking a port to safely unload 460 people rescued from the sea in 10 different operations last week who are now packed onto its Ocean Viking rescue ship. A nurse on board, identified only as Rebecca, said the four-person...