Latest Mediterranean Sea News

EU weighs plans to impose rules on NGO migrant rescue ships

Nov. 25, 2022 13:54 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers on Friday weighed proposals to ease tensions between France and Italy over migrants arriving on their shores without authorization, including a possible crackdown on charity-run ships doing search and rescue work in the Mediterranean Sea. ...

Greece: Boat with hundreds of migrants safely towed to port

Nov. 22, 2022 16:45 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A dilapidated fishing boat crammed with hundreds of migrants that lost its steering and had been drifting in the wind-lashed Mediterranean Sea south of the Greek island of Crete was successfully towed to port Tuesday, Greek authorities said. Greek Migration...

Egypt, Greece sign deals on migrant rescues, agriculture

Nov. 22, 2022 14:04 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt and Greece signed two bilateral deals on Tuesday, including a pact to improve cooperation in migrant search and rescue missions across the Mediterranean Sea, officials said. The deals, signed in Cairo, marked the second meeting the two countries’ foreign...

4 dead, 2 missing off Tunisia in migration boat sinking

Nov. 15, 2022 13:22 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Four people drowned and two were missing after the inflatable boat they were on sank off the coast of Tunisia after departing for Europe, Tunisian authorities said Tuesday. Amid a protracted economic and social crisis in Tunisia, more and more young people and...

Total to launch sea exploration after Lebanon-Israel deal

Nov. 15, 2022 06:09 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — French oil giant Total said Tuesday it would soon launch exploration activities in search for gas in the Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon’s coast, following last month’s Lebanon-Israel deal on their maritime border. According to a statement, TotalEnergies and its...

Migrant rescue ship docks in French port amid Italy rift

Nov. 11, 2022 15:06 PM EST

NICE, France (AP) — A maritime rescue ship docked Friday in a southern French port carrying 230 migrants whose fates have sparked a diplomatic row between France and Italy — a dispute that's threatening EU efforts to share around asylum-seekers. The French welcome for the Ocean...

France to take in passengers from migrant rescue vessel stranded in the Mediterranean Sea after Italy denied entry

Nov. 10, 2022 07:10 AM EST
PARIS (AP) — France to take in passengers from migrant rescue vessel stranded in the Mediterranean Sea after Italy denied entry.

EXPLAINER: What's behind Italy's migrant sea rescue standoff

Nov. 08, 2022 08:14 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s new far-right-led government has blocked humanitarian rescue ships from accessing its ports, resulting in a standoff with charities that patrol the deadly central Mediterranean, rescuing people in trouble at sea. Nongovernmental organizations, as well as...

Ship refuses to leave Italy port until all migrants are off

Nov. 06, 2022 15:45 PM EST

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The captain of a charity-run migrant rescue ship refused Italian orders to leave a Sicilian port Sunday after authorities refused to let 35 of the migrants on his ship disembark — part of directives by Italy's new far-right-led government targeting foreign-flagged rescue...

French lawmaker accused of racist comment in Parliament

Nov. 03, 2022 15:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A far-right lawmaker in France was criticized Thursday after he responded to a Black lawmaker's question about migrants stranded at sea by apparently saying, “Let them return to Africa.” Gregoire de Fournas of the National Rally party made the comment in the...