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Dec 06, 2019 - 1:26 PM

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In Lesbos, fears of new migrant influx return

Aug 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Locals in a Greek island fear a repeat of the 2015 European migrant crisis as the number of migrant-loaded boats booms in recent weeks

MIGRANT CRISIS. A migrant woman walks with her children outside the official refugee camp of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos, on August 31, 2019. Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

Libyan navy says 63 missing in new Mediterranean shipwreck

Jul 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'There is an alarming increase in deaths at sea off Libya Coast,' says International Organization for Migration Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi

MIGRANTS. Child migrant Khingsley Dokowada, 9, from the Central African Republic, rests on the deck of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms boat on July 2, 2018. Photo by Olmo Calvo/AFP

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

Mediterranean could become a 'sea of plastic' – WWF

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The WWF says the Mediterranean has record levels of 'micro-plastics,' the tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in size which can be found increasingly in the food chain posing a threat to human health

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Italy rescues 480 migrants, recovers 7 dead

May 14, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The migrants attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa

Pope blasts migrant suffering in Easter prayer

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:39 AM

Shame for all the images of devastation destruction and shipwrecks which have become ordinary in our lives Pope Francis says in an apparent reference to Mediterranean migrant disasters

WITH THE FLOCK. Pope Francis also speaks of the child abuse scandals that have rocked Catholicism in recent years. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Italy reeling again due to quake triple-punch

Jan 18, 2017 - 11:33 PM

There are no reports of casualties but there were fears for isolated residents of remote hamlets cut off by heavy snowfall

QUAKE DESTRUCTION. A picture taken on October 4, 2016 shows destruction in the village of Amatrice that was rattled by an earthquake on August 24, claiming nearly 300 lives. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

New Med migrant boat disaster leaves 180 dead

Jan 17, 2017 - 6:09 PM

UPDATED The survivors say their wooden boat had left Libya on Friday with more than 180 people packed on board all of them originally from East Africa

UN: Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 pass 5,000

Dec 23, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Deaths increased in 2016 because migrant smugglers are increasingly using poor quality vessels while also trying to pack more people on boats

No end in sight to migrant carnage in Mediterranean

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Departures from Libya are continuing unabated despite worsening weather in the Mediterranean with over 3 200 people rescued from crowded and unseaworthy dinghies since November 12

Migrants and refugees wrapped in survival foil blankets rest aboard the Topaz Responder ship run by Maltese NGO Moas and the Italian Red Cross after a rescue operation of migrants and refugees on November 3, 2016, off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

100 feared dead in Mediterranean after migrant boat capsize

Nov 16, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean came the day after another incident in which it is feared dozens may have drowned after the sinking of another dinghy

A doctor from the Red Cross takes care of a migrant rescued at sea during the arrival of the Topaz Responder, a rescue ship run by Maltese NGO MOAS, in Vibo Valentia, Italy, November 7, 2016 following a rescue operation off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean sea. Andreas Solaro/AFP

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 hit record 3,800 – UN

Oct 27, 2016 - 12:00 AM

The most dangerous route is between Libya and Italy where the UN has recorded one death for every 47 arrivals this year

Migrants hang from a boat as they wait to be rescued as they drift in the Mediterranean Sea, some 12 nautical miles north of Libya, on October 4, 2016. At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS

Egypt migrant shipwreck death toll rises to 168

Sep 25, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The Egyptian military says 163 have been rescued so far and recovery attempts are still ongoing

Egyptian rescue workers arrive on a boat carrying bodies of migrants, during a search operation after a boat carrying migrants capsized in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 23, 2016.  The death toll from a migrant boat disaster off Egypt's coast climbed to 133 on Friday as rescuers recovered more bodies from the Mediterranean. Survivors have said up to 450 migrants were on board the overcrowded fishing vessel that was heading to Italy from Egypt when it keeled over off the port city of Rosetta on Wednesday.  / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

UN fears deaths on rise among migrants crossing Med to Europe

Sep 20, 2016 - 5:38 PM

UPDATED The figure is far fewer than the 520 000 who arrived during the first 9 months of 2015

A handout picture released on August 19, 2016 by the Italian Red Cross shows crew members of the flagship rescue vessel Phoenix, a rescue boat run by the Malta-based NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and the Italian Red Cross (CRI), recovering the corpses of two women, one man and a baby in the Mediterranean Sea on August 18, 2016. Yara Nardi/Italian Red Cross/Handout/AFP

Doomed EgyptAir flight broke up midair after fire

Jul 23, 2016 - 2:34 PM

It remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by mechanical malfunction or a criminal act

EGYPTAIR. An EgyptAir Airbus A320 at Brussels Airport on 14 June, 2015. EgyptAir Flight MS804 was a similar plane. Image courtesy Lentokonefani/WikiMedia Commons

No longer just a job: the unlikely crew saving lives in the Med

May 30, 2016 - 8:31 PM

They are unlikely members of the same crew: career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a better place

RESCUED. Migrants protect themselves from the cold with blankets as they wait to arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016 aboard the rescue ship "Aquarius," two day after their rescue off the Libyan coasts. Photo by Gabriel Buoys / AFP

EgyptAir black boxes impossible to recover before 12 days

May 29, 2016 - 10:00 PM

A specialized ship from French company Deep Ocean Search is en route to the suspected crash site in the Mediterranean

epa05328601 Flowers thrown by Egyptians seen on seashore during a gathering in memory of the victims of EgyptAir Flight MS804, Alexandria, Egypt, 25 May 2016. EgyptAir Flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on 19 May while on route from Paris to Cairo. All 66 people onboard were killed in the accident that occurred for yet unknown reasons. EPA/MAHMOUD TAHA EGYPT OUT

Dozens of children drown as shipwrecks claim 700 lives, survivors say

May 29, 2016 - 6:52 PM

3rd UPDATE Survivors tell harrowing stories of their journeys in the Mediterranean

epa05330259 A handout picture released by the European Union Naval Force - Mediterranean (Eunavformed) on 26 May 2016 shows people in stress on their overturned boat in Canal of Sicily off the Libyan coast, 25 May 2016. The Italian navy said it had recovered five bodies from the overturned migrant ship. Over 550 migrants on board were rescued safely. EPA/EUNAVFOR MED OHQ / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Private firm hired to hunt for EgyptAir black boxes

May 28, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Egyptian civil aviation officials say they had signed an agreement with Deep Ocean Search to carry out the search and retrieval process of the two data recorders

SEARCH CONTINUES. Egyptian Journalists light candles during a candlelight vigil for the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, in front of the Syndicate of Journalists in downtown Cairo, Egypt,  May 24, 2016. File photo by Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

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UNHCR fears 500 dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Apr 20, 2016 - 9:23 PM

UPDATED The survivors – 37 men 3 women and a 3 year old child – say between 100 and 200 people originally set off from near Tobruk in Libya in a large unseaworthy vessel with smugglers bringing on more passengers along the way

Israel's bid to become gas exporter takes a hit for now

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Analysts say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can still salvage the deal for a gas field in the Mediterranean

epa05160482 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks to one of his unidentified defense lawyers (R) at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Israel, 14 February 2016. Netanyahu defended Israel's right to exploit vast natural gas preserves in the Mediterranean Sea. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER/POOL

Libya coastguard rescues 346 migrants

Sep 29, 2015 - 8:13 PM

The Libyan coastguard says it rescued 346 migrants almost 100 of them women and children crammed onto rubber boats and stranded off the country s coast

SAFE. A member of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders - MSF) helps migrant to board a zodiac during a rescue operation by the NGO with the Dignity 1 search and rescue vessel in the Meditterranean sea off the coast of Libya on September 28, 2015. Photo by Ricardo Garcia Villanova / AFP

EU to arrest people traffickers on high seas from October 7

Sep 25, 2015 - 8:24 AM

The EU has recently approved the use of military force against migrant traffickers including the seizure of vessels used to ship people across the Mediterranean many of which set off from Libya

ARRESTS IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS. High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini during a press conference at the headquarters of EU NAVFOR MED in Rome, Italy, September 24, 2015. The European Union's operation against migrant traffickers will start October 7. File photo by Massimo Percossi

Eastern European countries reject migrant quotas

Sep 11, 2015 - 8:38 PM

UPDATED The UN s refugee agency welcomes the EU plan to distribute refugees but says more is needed to relieve pressure on frontline states

REFUGEES FLEE CONFLICT. Migrants, mainly from Syria and Iraq, seen walking at the E45 freeway near Kliplev, Denmark, September 9, 2015. Photo by Benjamin Nolte/EPA

Mediterranean migrant crossings top 300,000 in 2015 – UN

Aug 28, 2015 - 8:48 PM

The numbers tower high above arrivals in 2014 when some 219 000 made the crossing over the entire year

MIGRANT CRISIS. Migrants from North Africa continue to spill into Europe. Photo by Louise George/EPA

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2015 pass 2,000 – IOM

Aug 04, 2015 - 8:41 PM

The organization says around 188 000 people have been rescued so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean and warns the 200 000 mark could be crossed by the end of the week

RESCUED. This handout video grab released by the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera) on May 2, 2015 shows some of 220 shipwrecked migrants being rescued by the Italian coast guard, on May 1, 2015, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Sicily. Photo from Guardia Costiera/AFP

Italy residents set fire to beds in anti-migrant protest

Jul 17, 2015 - 10:11 PM

Residents in Treviso in northern Italy set mattresses on fire in a bid to stop the local government from housing a hundred immigrants

WAITING. A migrant waits with others to disembark from the "Phoenix" ship upon their arrival in the port of Augusta on the eastern coast of Sicily on June 7, 2015. Italy's wealthy North vowed that it would refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more were rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships. Photo by Guivanni Isolino / AFP

Libya peace talks stall again despite UN sanctions threat

Jul 02, 2015 - 12:33 PM

Libya s leadership is facing international pressure to form a national unity government and end years of chaos in the war torn country

STALLED. In this file photo, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Bernardino Leon, gives a press conference on the Libyan conflict on June 9, 2015, in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, 20 kilometers south of Rabat. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Italy begins recovery of 800 migrant bodies from Med shipwreck

Jun 30, 2015 - 9:35 AM

Only 28 people survived the shipwreck at the time out of an estimated 800 on board when the vessel set sail from Libya

MIGRANTS AT SEA. A picture made available on April 23, 2015 shows some of over 200 illegal migrants, as they are rescued and to be shipped to the Italian mainland by the Italian Guardia di Finanza boat 'Denaro' in the Mediterranean Sea, April 22, 2015. File photo by Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy threatens to 'hurt' Europe if it doesn't get help with migrants

Jun 14, 2015 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED The EU is having difficulty getting consensus for its proposed migrant distribution plan but Italy is hoping an EU summit on 25 June will go even further

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterraean. Crown Copyright/EPA

Egypt to inaugurate 'new Suez canal'

Jun 13, 2015 - 8:22 PM

Dubbed the Suez Canal Axis the new 72 kilometer 45 miles flagship project would run part of the way alongside the existing canal that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gives an address during the inauguration of the new Suez Canal, called the Suez Canal Axis, in the port city of Ismailia, east of Cairo. Photo by Egyptian Presidency/AFP

Mediterranean migrant crossings to Europe top 100,000 in 2015 – UN

Jun 09, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Meanwhile mass drownings in the Mediterranean have claimed nearly 1 800 lives so far this year

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean. Crown Copyright/Handout/EPA

Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Italy s wealthy North vow that it will refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more are rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships

LOOKOUT. A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) on June 7, 2015 of a Royal Marine (R) preparing to receive rescued migrants safely onboard an HMS Bulwark Landing Craft during Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean on June 7, 2015. ETWE (CIS) L George/Royal Navy/MOD/Handout/EPA

Major migrant rescue operation underway in Med

Jun 07, 2015 - 8:25 AM

Nearly 3 500 migrants are rescued from 15 boats off the coast of Libya

MIGRATION. Libyan coast guards escort a boat carrying illegal migrants, who had hoped to set off to Europe with the help of people smugglers from the coastal town of Garabulli, towards the Libyan navy to the capital, Tripoli, prior to their arrest on June 6, 2015. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Libyans arrest 545 Europe-bound illegal migrants

Jun 04, 2015 - 10:55 PM

In May alone authorities in Tripoli say they arrested more than 1 000 migrants who had hoped to set sail for Europe

5,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean since Friday

May 31, 2015 - 10:22 PM

The rescue mission focuses on a group of Libyan migrants travelling aboard 25 boats Five other operations were in place to rescue another 500 migrants

SAVING MIGRANTS. A handout picture provided by the Italian Navy shows migrants on board the Italian Navy vessel 'Fenice' after being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, at Augusta harbour, Italy, 31 May 2015. Italian Navy Press Office/EPA

Migrants plead for help from Italian coastguards

May 31, 2015 - 1:27 PM

We need your help we need your help please

NERVE CENTER. Officers and staff of the italian Coast Guard, control the vessel traffic in the Italian Mediterranean area, in the control center at the headquarters of Italian Coast Guard, on May 28 2015, in Rome. Andreas Solaro/AFP

4,200 migrants rescued in Med, 17 dead – coastguard

May 30, 2015 - 9:06 AM

UPDATED Rescuers find 17 bodies on 3 inflatable dinghies from which more than 300 other migrants are rescued alive

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout photo provided by the international aid organization Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) shows migrants being transferred from a wooden boat to their rescue ship MY Phoenix in the Mediterranean Sea, 14 May 2015. File photo by Ikram N'gadi/MSF/EPA HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

More than 3,400 migrants rescued at sea in Mediterranean

May 03, 2015 - 2:26 PM

A total of 3 427 people are rescued mainly off Libya as European leaders push to halt tidal wave of refugees trying to reach Europe

This handout video grab released by the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera) on May 2, 2015 shows some of 220 shipwrecked migrants being rescued by the Italian coast guard, on May 1, 2015, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Sicily. AFP PHOTO / GUARDIA COSTIERA = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GUARDIA COSTIERA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS =

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors describe smugglers' abuse

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:04 PM

The men describe how the people smugglers operated a reign of terror while the migrants were held prior to embarkment in a disused building near Tripoli

At least 41 missing in Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy

Apr 17, 2015 - 12:42 AM

Four survivors tell Italian police and humanitarian organizations that their inflatable vessel sank not long after leaving the coast of Libya

Almost 180 migrants rescued off Tunisia

Apr 13, 2015 - 11:16 PM

The Red Crescent says the migrants 94 on one boat and 84 on the other sent out a distress call from off the coast of southeast Tunisia as they headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa

Migrants arrive at the port in the Tunisian town of Zarzis, some 50 kilometres west of the Libyan border, following their rescue by Tunisia's coastguard and navy after their vessel overturned off Libya, on April 13, 2015. 174 migrants were rescued from two boats which broke down as they headed from Libya to Italy, the Red Crescent and an AFP correspondent said. AFP PHOTO/ FETHI NASRI

Turkey intercepts ship with over 330 migrants – report

Jan 19, 2015 - 11:11 PM

Four Turks and 11 Syrians suspected of people smuggling are detained over the incident

UN rights chief slams indifference over migrant deaths at sea

Dec 10, 2014 - 11:15 PM

The lack of concern that we see in many countries for the suffering and exploitation of such desperate people is deeply shocking says UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein

BOAT MIGRANTS. Crew members in protective suits give out instructions to illegal migrants of sub-Saharan origin after they were rescued on 7 September 2014, as part of the Mare Nostrum operation that Italy launched after some 400 migrants died in two separate boat disasters in October 2013. Photo by Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Record numbers trying and dying to reach Europe – UN

Dec 10, 2014 - 1:20 PM

More than 207 000 people have made the crossing almost three times the previous high recorded in 2011 with about 60 000 coming from war torn Syria says the UNHCR

A refugee is carried off an Italian Navy ship in the port of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy, 07 June 2014. Mike Palazzotto/EPA

Syria's sarin precursor chemicals destroyed

Aug 13, 2014 - 10:13 PM

The precursor chemical was neutralised with two field hydrolysis systems installed on the Cape Ray

The Spanish patrol boat Infanta Elena (P-76), left, escorts the container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) through the Strait of Gibraltar en route to the Mediterranean Sea June 26, 2014. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desmond Parks