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Pope chides Europe, comforts migrants on return to Lesbos

Dec. 05, 2021 11:49 AM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis returned Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos to offer comfort to migrants at a refugee camp and blast what he said was Europe's indifference and self-interest “that condemns to death those on the fringes.” “Please, let us stop...

Pope Francis pained at migrant deaths in English Channel

Nov. 28, 2021 08:16 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed pain and sorrow at the deaths and suffering of migrants crossing the English Channel, at the border between Poland and Belarus and in the Mediterranean Sea. The pope asked the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s...

Tunisia rescues 487 migrants in crowded boat off its coast

Nov. 26, 2021 09:22 AM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia’s defense ministry said 487 migrants, including 93 children, were rescued Friday off the North African country’s coast as they tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in an overloaded boat. The ministry said in a statement that...

1,600 migrants lost at sea in Mediterranean this year

Nov. 25, 2021 12:22 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The sinking of a boat with more than 30 people on board this week is the deadliest migration tragedy to date in the English Channel. Migrant shipwrecks of that scale, however, are not uncommon in the waters surrounding Europe's southern borders. ...

Migrant boat capsizes in English Channel; at least 31 dead

Nov. 24, 2021 19:06 PM EST

CALAIS, France (AP) — At least 31 migrants bound for Britain died Wednesday when their boat sank in the English Channel, in what France’s interior minister called the biggest migration tragedy on the dangerous crossing to date. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said...

Rights groups demand ICC probe into Libya migrant abuses

Nov. 23, 2021 07:08 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Human rights activists sent a dossier of evidence to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday demanding an investigation into abuses of migrants in Libya that they argue “may amount to crimes against humanity.” The filing, which is...

EU border agency: 'Illegal border crossings' on the rise

Nov. 23, 2021 06:46 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of people trying to enter Europe without authorization has risen significantly this year to surpass migrant border crossing figures from 2019, before restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic severely limited travel, the European Union’s border and...

UN agency: 75 migrants drown in Mediterranean off Libya

Nov. 20, 2021 17:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The United Nations' migration agency said 75 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya earlier this week as they attempted to reach Italy by boat. The International Organization for Migration reported the latest tragedy in a tweet on...

Lebanese navy rescues distressed boat carrying migrants

Nov. 20, 2021 13:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's navy rescued a boat carrying migrants that had left the country, heading west across the Mediterranean Sea, but broke down off the coast, the prime minister’s office said Saturday. It was the latest case of desperate people — mostly Lebanese,...

UK F35 fighter jet crashes in Med, pilot ejects safely

Nov. 17, 2021 12:04 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An F35 jet from a British aircraft carrier crashed in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Defense said, adding that the jet’s British pilot ejected safely and returned to the HMS Queen Elizabeth. An...