Latest Mediterranean Sea News

The Latest: Migrant clash in Bosnia leaves 4 injured

Nov. 7, 2019 8:32 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Police in Bosnia say a fight among migrants at a tent camp in the northwest of the country has left four people slightly injured. Police say the clash on Thursday erupted between migrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Local...

The Latest: Bodies of 5 migrants pulled from sea in Canaries

Nov. 6, 2019 8:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Emergency services in Spain's Canary Islands say they have pulled the bodies of five migrants from the sea and are searching for possible others. Authorities say on their Twitter account that a migrant boat...

Aid group says Italian supply ship rescues 200 migrants

Nov. 2, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A private aid group says an Italian offshore supply ship has saved some 200 migrants in waters off Libya. Alarm Phone, a charity hotline for refugees in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, says the Asso Trenta has the migrants aboard after rescue late Friday and early Saturday. It was not...

Migrant rescue ship arrives in Sicily after 12 days at sea

Oct. 30, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A humanitarian rescue ship operated by two French charities has arrived at a port in Sicily after nearly two weeks stuck at sea. Ocean Viking arrived in Pozzallo on Wednesday morning, 12 days after it rescued 104 migrants from a rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya. Ocean Viking...

Aid group: Libyan gunmen threaten migrants, rescuers at sea

Oct. 26, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A humanitarian aid group said gunmen on Libya-flagged speedboats threatened the crew of its rescue ship Alan Kurdi and the migrants it was rescuing Saturday, firing shots into the air and water. Sea-Eye's spokesman Gorden Isler told The Associated Press that the unprecedented incident on the...

3 dead, dozens evacuated as storms lash southern France

Oct. 24, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's Interior Ministry says three people have died in torrential rain that has flooded towns and villages in southern France. The town of Beziers was among the hardest hit in recent days. It saw more rain in 24 hours than in the whole previous year as the fierce storms lashed eight French...

UNHCR probes Libya-Malta interception in migrant rescue

Oct. 22, 2019 5:31 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is investigating why Malta last week allegedly asked the Libyan coast guard to intercept a migrant boat in a zone of the Mediterranean under Maltese responsibility, in possible violation of maritime law, a U.N. official said Tuesday. Vincent Cochetel, the U.N. High...

AP PHOTOS: Migrant surge overwhelms Greek islands

Oct. 16, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

SKALA, Greece (AP) — Greece's eastern islands are struggling to cope with a surge in arrivals of migrants and asylum-seekers that has undermined efforts to ease severe overcrowding at refugee camps. The number of people reaching Lesbos, Samos and other Greeks islands in the eastern Aegean Sea is the...

The Latest: Number of migrants crossing from Turkey rises

Oct. 16, 2019 9:14 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The Latest on the migrant inflow into Europe (all times local): 3:10 p.m. The European Union border agency Frontex says the number of people trying to enter Europe from Turkey without authorization rose sharply last month. Frontex released new statistics Wednesday...

176 migrants rescued off Libya, 110 others turned back

Oct. 13, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Humanitarian groups on Sunday said they rescued 176 migrants on two rubber boats in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya while Tunisian authorities reported blocking a smuggling boat carrying 110 migrants from setting off for Italy. Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee said...