Latest Mediterranean Sea News

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...

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...

Charity ship takes on 34 migrants off Libya, rejects port

Sep. 10, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — A group of 34 migrants that included a pregnant woman and a small child safely moved during a thunderstorm from a charity-operated sailboat responsible for their rescue to a larger humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya. Wrapped in shiny thermal blankets,...

Lebanon PM, US diplomat talk offshore gas feud with Israel

Sep. 9, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister and a U.S. diplomat are discussing a maritime border dispute with Israel, with both sides claiming areas with potentially lucrative offshore gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea. Saad Hariri met David Schenker, the assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs,...

UN atomic official in Iran as it runs advanced centrifuges

Sep. 8, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran defended Sunday its decision to use advanced centrifuges prohibited by its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as a visiting top official of the United Nations atomic watchdog urged Tehran to offer "time and active cooperation" with his inspectors. The visit and careful...

Shipwreck survivor rescues migrants trying to reach Europe

Sep. 8, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING (AP) — Every time Hassan Ali Salem pulls a man, woman or child from a rickety boat or straight out of the water, he relives his own trauma in the Mediterranean Sea. The Egyptian says he was just 16 when he survived a shipwreck in 2004, saved by another migrant who drowned when a...

The Latest: Iran, France race to save nuclear deal

Sep. 2, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments around escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf crisis between Tehran and Washington (all times local): 7:15 p.m. French and Iranian experts were huddling in Paris as the clock ticks on an end-of-the-week deadline for Europe to come up with a way...

Destination remains obscure for Iran oil tanker sought by US

Aug. 31, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. on Friday again listed its destination as Turkey but the Turkish foreign minister added to the confusion by saying the vessel is headed to Lebanon — statements that were promptly denied in Beirut as America's top diplomat...

The Latest: 62 Pakistani migrants reach Italy southern port

Aug. 30, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on migration into Europe (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Sixty-two Pakistani migrants have reached the southern Italian port of Gallipoli, in the Apulia region, after being found on a tiny island by the local coast guard. The coast guard said Friday that all the migrants, including...