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Macron: Italy, Malta must know who'll take rescued migrants

Sep. 18, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — France's president assured Italy's new government Wednesday night that he is working for a standing arrangement under which European Union nations would take a share of rescued migrants, seeking to avoid standoffs at sea aboard humanitarian boats that Italian and Maltese authorities refuse to...

Italy: Rescue boat with 82 migrants can sail to Italian isle

Sep. 14, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — Italy allowed a charity rescue ship to sail Saturday to a tiny southern island so that 82 migrants aboard could be transferred to shore, but the country's foreign minister cautioned against interpreting the move as a sign the new government is easing a crackdown on...

The Latest: Germany ready to take ¼ of rescued migrants

Sep. 14, 2019 4:44 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Germany's interior minister says his country is prepared to take in a quarter of migrants rescued off the Italian coast as the European Union tries to find a solution to repeated standoffs involving...

The Latest: Woman gives birth after airlift from rescue ship

Sep. 12, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 8:40 p.m. The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says a 23-year-old woman who was airlifted off a ship carrying migrants rescued off Libya has given birth to a baby boy. The Nigerian woman and her husband were...

Pregnant woman evacuated off migrant ship by helicopter

Sep. 11, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — Malta's armed forces airlifted a 9 months pregnant Nigerian woman and her husband Wednesday from a charity-run ship carrying more than 80 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. A helicopter winched the couple off the Ocean Viking, a sea rescue ship operated by nonprofit...

The Latest: Malta lets 5 more refugees in, still blocks ship

Sep. 10, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 5:25 p.m. The last five migrants stranded aboard a German charity rescue boat are being taken to Malta. The Maltese government said Tuesday the impasse ended after it offered disembarkation following the rescue group Sea-Eye's...

The Latest: German rescue ship requests aid for 100 migrants

Aug. 28, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The crew of a German humanitarian ship carrying about 100 migrants in the Mediterranean has appealed to Malta to help find a quick solution so the ship can enter a safe harbor. German group Lifeline wrote in a letter Wednesday...

UN says 40 migrants feared drowned in capsizing off Libya

Aug. 27, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A boat carrying dozens of migrants bound for Europe capsized Tuesday in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, with at least 40 people missing and presumed drowned, U.N. officials said, as a support group reported it had gotten a call from someone on the vessel "crying and shouting" that passengers...

The Latest: Spain collects migrants rescued by blocked ship

Aug. 27, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Authorities in Spain say a Spanish navy ship has taken on board 15 migrants it went to collect from Italy as part of an agreement about what to do with more than 80 people rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. A...

Humanitarian search flights grounded by Italy

Aug. 27, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Two humanitarian groups that have been flying missions over the central Mediterranean in search of smugglers' boats packed with migrants in need of rescue and to monitor possible human rights violations are protesting a move by Italy's civil aviation authority to ground their planes. The...