Latest Mediterranean Sea News

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...

6.0 earthquake shakes Mediterranean Sea south of Crete

May. 2, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck on the Mediterranean Sea south of the Greek island of Crete. No damage or injuries were reported. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake occurred Saturday at 3:51 p.m. local time (1251 GMT) and was centered 63 kilometers (39 miles) away from the coastal town of...

East Libyan forces bomb Tripoli despite cease-fire; 2 killed

May. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s eastern-based forces trying to capture the country's capital bombed civilian homes on Friday, killing at least two people, health authorities in the U.N.-supported government in Tripoli said. The intensified bombardment of the city by forces under the command of Khalifa Hifter...

Malta defends its use of private vessels to rescue migrants

May. 1, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta’s government on Friday defended its use of private vessels to save migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, including one mission in which a Maltese fishing boat reportedly returned rescued passengers to Libya, where detention camps are notorious for rights violations. Prime...

A medical staffer gestures after performing swabs for coronavirus in the Santa Cecilia nursing home in Civitavecchia, near Rome, Saturday, April 17, 2020. A scandal over coronavirus infections and deaths in Italy’s nursing homes took on broader dimensions Friday, with the National Institutes of Health conservatively estimating that at least 6,773 residents had died since Feb. 1, 40% of them either infected with the virus or with COVID-19 symptoms. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Positive tests at Afghan presidential palace

Apr. 20, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — At least 20 employees at Afghanistan’s presidential...