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UN: Bodies of 10 Europe-bound migrants wash up in Libya

May. 11, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 10 bodies of Europe-bound migrants washed up ashore in western Libya on Tuesday, a U.N. migration official said, after two shipwrecks this week left some 30 people presumed drowned. The bodies were found near the western Libyan towns of Zuwara and...

Italian Navy rescues fisherman reportedly shot off Libya

May. 06, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Italian Navy ship has rescued a crew member of an Italian fishing boat reportedly injured by warning shots fired by the Libyan Coast Guard, Italian media said Thursday. The Libyans opened fire near two fishing boats, the Aliseo and the Artemide, in the...

US-mediated border talks between Lebanon, Israel resume

May. 04, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

NAQOURA, Lebanon (AP) — After a nearly six-month pause, Lebanon and Israel on Tuesday resumed indirect talks with U.S. mediation over their disputed maritime border. Disagreements among the Lebanese leadership over the small country's claims prevailed. The talks ended...

Deaths at sea highlight failings in Europe migration policy

May. 04, 2021 09:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — As the waves pounded the gray rubber boat carrying more than 100 Africans hoping to reach Europe from Libya, those aboard dialed the number for migrants in distress frantically. In the series of calls to the Alarm Phone hotline, passengers explained that the dinghy had run out...

Over 800 migrants rescued at sea head to Italy

May. 01, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Two Italian ports faced an influx of hundreds of migrants on Saturday, as a charity ship sailed toward a Sicilian port with 236 people rescued in the Mediterranean from traffickers' boats, while Italian coast guard and border police brought 532 others to a tiny island. ...

US-mediated Lebanon-Israel talks on border at sea to resume

Apr. 30, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Months after they stalled, indirect talks between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border are to resume next week, a U.S.-mediating team said. Resolving the border issue could pave the way for lucrative oil and gas deals on both sides. ...

130 Europe-bound migrants feared dead off Libyan coast

Apr. 23, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than 100 Europe-bound migrants are feared dead in a boat wreck off Libya, independent rescue groups and the U.N. migration agency said, as attempts to cross the Mediterranean increase during the warmer months. Humanitarian organizations have accused...

Colorado World War II veteran trying to gain Silver Star

Apr. 18, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

Before World War II veteran Armand Sedgeley crosses the finish line of life, he has one final mission: to receive the Silver Star his commanders put him up for after a harrowing bomber flight over Europe. At 99, and with a tired heart, Sedgeley lives at a Lakewood...

Tunisia divers find another body from migrant boat; 22 dead

Apr. 17, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Navy divers recovered another body on Saturday from a migrant boat that floundered and sunk off the coast of eastern Tunisia, bringing to 22 the number of known dead, including nine women and a baby, as police searched for the smuggler. An...

Migration activist says Spain, Morocco trying to silence her

Apr. 12, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A renowned Spanish activist for migrants’ rights accused authorities in Morocco and Spain on Monday of trying to silence her by barring her from returning to the northern African country where she has worked for two decades. Helena Maleno, the founder of...