Gulf Times - MEDITERRANEAN
117 migrants unaccounted for after dinghy sinks off Libyan coast

117 migrants unaccounted for after dinghy sinks off Libyan coast

Some 117 migrants who left Libya in a rubber dinghy two days ago are unaccounted for, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Saturday, after three people were rescued from the vessel after it sank in the Mediterranean.

Aquarius migrant ship cannot disembark in French port

Aquarius migrant ship cannot disembark in French port

France is not ready for now to allow the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius to dock and disembark dozens of migrants at the port of Marseille, France's finance minister said on Tuesday.

Aquarius ship arrives in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Aquarius ship arrives in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

The Aquarius rescue ship arrived in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.

Italian boat accused of breaking law by taking migrants to Libya

Italian boat accused of breaking law by taking migrants to Libya

Migrant rescue charities operating in the Mediterranean said Tuesday that an Italian boat may have violated international law by taking more than 100 migrants it had saved back to Libya.

Spain NGO ship saves 59 migrants, Italy refuses access

Spain NGO ship saves 59 migrants, Italy refuses access

A Spanish NGO said Saturday it had rescued 59 migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya, drawing condemnation from Italy's far-right interior minister who said they were not welcome in his country.

Three babies dead, 100 missing in migrant shipwreck off Libya

Three babies dead, 100 missing in migrant shipwreck off Libya

The lifeless bodies of three babies were brought ashore in Libya on Friday, victims of a Mediterranean migrant shipwreck in which survivors say 100 people are still missing.

Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya coast: navy

Nearly 1,000 migrants rescued off Libya coast: navy

Libya's coastguard has rescued nearly 1,000 migrants who were on boats in distress in the Mediterranean on their way to Europe, the navy said on Monday.

Call to help find missing migrants as Italy, Malta refuse rescue ship

Call to help find missing migrants as Italy, Malta refuse rescue ship

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) launched an initiative in Rome on Monday to help find missing migrants in the Mediterranean, a day after Italy and Malta refused to allow a rescue boat carrying 629 migrants to dock in their ports.

Spain offers to take in stranded migrant ship

Spain offers to take in stranded migrant ship

The migrants, including pregnant women and scores of children, were saved by the French charity SOS Mediterranee on Saturday.

More than 50 migrants die in Mediterranean crossings

More than 50 migrants die in Mediterranean crossings

Tunisian authorities said 47 bodies were recovered off the country's southern coast, close to the city of Sfax, while 68 people were rescued.

German rescuers save 128 migrants from overcrowded Mediterranean boat

German rescuers save 128 migrants from overcrowded Mediterranean boat

German rescuers said on Saturday they had saved 128 migrants from an overcrowded boat floating in the Mediterranean after it lost the ability to steer.

Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed: agencies

Russian fighter jet crashes off Syria, both pilots killed: agencies

A Russian fighter jet crashed after taking off from an airbase in Syria on Thursday, killing both pilots, Moscow's defence ministry said in a statement carried by news agencies.