Latest Mediterranean Sea News

Turkey probes German navy's search of Libya-bound freighter

Nov. 27, 2020 5:44 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish prosecutors launched an investigation Friday into the search of a Turkish commercial freighter by the crew of a German frigate participating in a European Union mission to enforce an arms embargo on Libya. Turkey has protested the incident on the Mediterranean Sea, insisting...

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer, front right, arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkish complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors behaved correctly. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, file)

German defense minister rejects Turkey complaint over search

Nov. 24, 2020 1:32 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's defense minister on Tuesday rejected Turkey's complaints over the search of a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean Sea by a German frigate participating in a European mission, insisting that German sailors acted correctly. Sunday's incident prompted Turkey to summon diplomats...

Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound Turkish ship

Nov. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned top diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy on Monday after a German frigate that is part of a EU mission enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish...

African migrants after arriving at the coast of Gran Canaria island, Spain on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean sailing on a wooden boat, a group of 44 migrants arrived at Maspalomas beach. (AP Photo/Javier Bauluz)

Migrant arrivals putting pressure on Spain's Canary Islands

Nov. 16, 2020 11:56 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish rescue services have located 1,300 migrants in four days in the Atlantic Ocean and transferred them to the southern Canary Islands, further straining local emergency response capabilities as makeshift military camps for the newcomers were being readied. The latest to arrive were 27...

Humanitarian group: 20 migrants drown off coast of Libya

Nov. 13, 2020 4:56 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A wooden boat carrying migrants bound for Europe capsized off the coast of Libya and 20 of them drowned, an international humanitarian group said. The statement from Doctors Without Borders late Thursday came just hours after it was revealed that another shipwreck had claimed the lives of at...

Refugees and migrants are rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat in the Mediterranean sea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The Open Arms rescue ship had been searching for the boat in distress for hours before finally finding it Wednesday morning in international waters north of Libya. The NGO had just finished distributing life vests and masks to the passengers to begin transferring them to safety when the flimsy boat split in half throwing them into cold waters. (AP Photo/Sergi Camara)

5 migrants evacuated, 257 onboard Mediterranean rescue ship

Nov. 12, 2020 8:06 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five rescued migrants in need of medical care have been airlifted from a Spanish humanitarian rescue ship sailing in the central Mediterranean Sea and brought to European soil along with the body of a 6-month-old boy, the Italian coast guard said Thursday. Another 257 rescued...

Refugees and migrants wait to be rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat in the Mediterranean sea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. The Open Arms rescue ship had been searching for the boat in distress for hours before finally finding it Wednesday morning in international waters north of Libya. The NGO had just finished distributing life vests and masks to the passengers to begin transferring them to safety when the flimsy boat split in half throwing them into cold waters. (AP Photo/Sergi Camara)

6 dead, 110 saved in Mediterranean migrant shipwreck

Nov. 11, 2020 2:41 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Six people died after a Europe-bound rubber boat carrying 116 migrants and asylum-seekers fell apart in the central Mediterranean Sea, a Spanish humanitarian group said Wednesday. The Open Arms rescue ship had been searching for the boat in distress for hours before finally locating...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct.20, 2020 file photo, migrants from Morocco walk along the shore escorted by Spanish Police after arriving at the coast of the Canary Island, Spain. Overwhelmed authorities on the Canary Islands are on Wednesday, Nov. 11 asking Spain’s government for help to care for a rising number of migrants arriving from west Africa. Nearly 2,000 migrants are living in the facility designed to shelter 400 people on a pier on the island of Gran Canaria.  (AP Photo/Javier Bauluz)

Tensions in packed migrant shelter on Spain´s Canary Islands

Nov. 11, 2020 2:17 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Overwhelmed authorities on the Canary Islands are asking Spain’s government for help amid rising tensions between migrants and police at a crowded, makeshift tent camp for a steady stream of arrivals from west Africa. Nearly 2,000 migrants live in the facility designed to...

UN: 13 Europe-bound migrants killed in shipwreck off Libya

Nov. 10, 2020 1:49 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — At least 13 Europe-bound African migrants, including three women and one child, drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their rubber boat capsized Tuesday off the coast of Libya, the U.N. migration agency said. It was at least the fourth migrant shipwreck off the coast of the North African...

Over 1,600 migrants reach Spain’s Canary Islands, 1 dies

Nov. 8, 2020 10:30 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — More than 1,600 migrants have either been rescued at sea or reached Spain’s Canary Islands in small boats over the weekend, emergency services for the archipelago said Sunday. The body of one person who had died during the perilous journey was recovered by rescuers in waters near the...