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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 2, 2020, migrants dry their clothes aboard a tourist boats some 20 kilometers from Malta, . More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels, bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats in several operations in the central Mediterranean since late April, the migrants, along with the Maltese government, are waiting for European Union countries to offer to take them. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

Europe rights body urges action for migrants stuck off Malta

Jun. 4, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Europe’s leading human rights organization is calling for immediate action to bring to shore some 400 migrants that the Malta government transferred to chartered pleasure boats at sea. The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, said in a statement Thursday that the...

Migrants dry their clothes aboard a tourist boats some 20 kilometers from Malta, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels, bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats in several operations in the central Mediterranean since late April, the migrants, along with the Maltese government, are waiting for European Union countries to offer to take them. (AP Photo/Rene' Rossignaud)

Rescued migrants stranded on chartered Maltese tourist boats

Jun. 3, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — More than 400 migrants are living aboard pleasure cruise vessels bobbing in the sea off Malta, many of them for weeks now. But for them, it's no pleasure, only uncertainty over their fate and they aren’t cruising anywhere. Rescued from human traffickers’ unseaworthy...

Preston Griffin, who runs First Class Mortuary Transport, wear protective gear as he leaves area nursing home with a body in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 7, 2020. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Sobering US nursing home death report as lockdowns ease

Jun. 1, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least a quarter of the COVID-19 deaths in the United States were among nursing home residents, a new report said, a disclosure that came as coronavirus restrictions eased Monday even as U.S. protests against police brutality sparked fears of new outbreaks. The Florida Keys welcomed...

Greece calls Turkey's oil-and-gas plan a 'provocation'

Jun. 1, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece said Monday that it is determined to oppose plans by Turkey to expand oil-and-gas exploration in the Mediterranean Sea, in a deepening regional dispute over mineral rights. “Greece stands ready to deal with this provocation should Turkey decide to implement this...

This photo taken on May 21, 2020 and providedWednesday May 27, 2020 by environmental group Operation Mer Propre (Operation Clean Sea) shows plastic gloves and face masks and other wastes off Antibes, southern France. A French environmental group found this virus-era detritus littering the Mediterranean floor near the French Riviera resort of Antibes, and is trying to raise awareness and clean it up. (Operation Mer Propre via AP)

Activists raise alarms over virus litter along French coast

May. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Soggy, algae-caked surgical masks resting on the seabed. Soiled, waterlogged rubber gloves, waving eerily beneath the Mediterranean waves. A French environmental group is finding this virus-era detritus littering the Mediterranean floor near the French Riviera resort of Antibes and is trying...

In this Friday, May 22, 2020, photo, Moroccan citizens wait for repatriation after being stranded in Spain due to the coronavirus pandemic in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Spain. (Faro de Ceuta via AP)

Moroccans trapped in Spain for 2 months head home at last

May. 24, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — It’s a reverse migrant crisis: Moroccan workers trapped in Spain are begging their own government to let them come back home. Construction worker Mohammed Benali is among hundreds of Moroccans who headed to their jobs in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta one day in...

Migrant shipwrecks off Tunisia leave 1 dead, over 80 rescued

May. 24, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — At least one migrant has drowned, six are missing and over 80 have been rescued off Tunisia's coast, authorities said, amid a new wave of dangerous attempts to traffic migrants across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe. The Tunisian coast guard rescued 11 migrants after an emergency...

FILE - In this April 30, 2017 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, inaugurates the Persian Gulf Star Refinery in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela as of Sunday, May 17, 2020, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. Analysts say the gasoline they carry came from the Persian Gulf Star Refinery. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics

May. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The tankers' voyage came...

Rescued migrants stranded at sea, not allowed to any EU port

May. 4, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — At least 78 migrants fleeing war-torn Libya for Europe remain stuck at sea without a designated port to dock, the U.N. migration agency said Monday. Libya has emerged as a major transit point for African and Arab migrants fleeing conflict and poverty to Europe, following the overthrow of...

In this April 25, 2020 photo provided by IOM Niger, some of nearly 100 Nigeriens arrive in Assamaka, Niger, on foot from Algeria and now must be quarantined for two weeks at the remote Sahara border settlement, where water is scarce and midday temperatures reach over 110 degrees (45 degrees Celsius). Globally, coronavirus has marooned thousands of migrants in some of the world's harshest conditions on land and at sea. (IOM Niger via AP)

Desert or sea: Virus traps migrants in mid-route danger zone

May. 3, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

Thousands of desperate migrants are trapped in limbo and even at risk of death without food, water or shelter in scorching deserts and at sea, as governments close off borders and ports amid the coronavirus pandemic. Migrants have been dropped by the truckload in the Sahara Desert or bused to...