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Bodies of seven migrants on capsized boat found off Italy

Rescue authorities found the bodies of seven migrants, including five women, after their boat capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa, coastguard officials said Sunday.
Migrants struggling at mid sea after boat capsizes

13 women die as migrant boat sinks in Mediterranean

Italian coastguards recovered the bodies of 13 women who died after a crowded migrant boat capsized in heavy weather as rescue boats approached it off the coast of Lampedusa, an island south of Sicily, local authorities said yesterday.

About 25 missing after migrant ship capsizes off Italy

Two bodies have been recovered and around 25 people are missing after a small boat carrying migrants capsized off Lampedusa, the Italian coastguard said on Monday.
Pope Francis on March 30 addressed the people, authorities, representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps in the Moroccan capital, Rabat.

Pope decries world’s indifference to migrants, refugees

Pope Francis on Sunday decried "the culture of comfort'' that leads to indifference in the face of a global migration and refugee crisis.
Italy has agreed to allow rescue ship Ocean Viking to disembark 82 migrants in the southern port of Lampedusa, the SOS Mediterranee charity which runs the vessel said Saturday.

Italy allows rescue ship to disembark migrants in Lampedusa

Italy has agreed to allow rescue ship Ocean Viking to disembark 82 migrants in the southern port of Lampedusa, the SOS Mediterranee charity which runs the vessel said Saturday.
Three people who suffered “medical complications which require specialised care” and an escort were brought ashore late on Thursday, Proactiva Open Arms, which is waiting for permission from Rome to dock in Lampedusa, said on Twitter.

More migrants evacuated from Spanish rescue ship ‘Open Arms’

Three people who suffered “medical complications which require specialised care” and an escort were brought ashore late on Thursday, Proactiva Open Arms, which is waiting for permission from Rome to dock in Lampedusa, said on Twitter.
On Thursday Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta, a M5S party member, who must sign off on Salvini’s decree, announced that she has decided not to do so.

Italy’s defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship

Italy’s defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome.
Joseph Muscat

Malta agrees to grant entry to German boat with 40 migrants on board

A group of 40 migrants stranded at sea after they were rescued by a German NGO vessel will be taken into Malta before being redistributed among European Union countries, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Saturday.
Pope Francis

Pope defends migrants after clashes between Italy and rescue ships

Pope Francis said on Monday that “no one is exempt” from helping migrants, in an indirect rebuke of Italy’s hardline interior minister Matteo Salvini who has tried to shut the country’s ports to non-governmental migrant rescue ships.
More than 200 migrants aboard two boats in distress have been rescued by Maltese authorities.

More than 200 migrants rescued from rubber boats

More than 200 migrants aboard two boats in distress have been rescued by Maltese authorities.
Authorities have identified the hijacked ship as the Turkish oil tanker El Hiblu 1.

Malta armed forces seize tanker hijacked by rescued migrants

A Maltese special operations team Thursday boarded a tanker that had been hijacked by migrants it rescued at sea, and returned control to the captain, Malta’s armed forces said.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya docks in Spain

A charity rescue vessel carrying 311 mainly African migrants plucked off Libya docked in Spain Friday, ending a traumatic journey which saw them spending Christmas at sea and several European nations denying the ship entry.
Matteo Salvini - Mimmo Carriero-IPA-Rex-Shutterstock

Italy threatens to send stranded migrants ‘back to Libya’

Italy’s far-right interior minister threatened Sunday to send “back to Libya” nearly 180 people stranded for three days on an Italian coastguard ship if the EU did not step in to resolve another migrant row with Malta.
African migrants, who according to the Libyan navy were rescued by the country's coast guard, are brought to the naval base of the capital Tripoli on June 21, 2018. MAHMUD TURKIA - AFP

Germany to take 50 migrants stranded off Italian coasts

Germany said Sunday it had agreed with Italy to take in 50 of the 450 migrants aboard two EU border agency vessels, matching similar pledges by France and Malta.
African migrants, who according to the Libyan navy were rescued by the country's coast guard, are brought to the naval base of the capital Tripoli on June 21, 2018. MAHMUD TURKIA - AFP

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

Another 450 migrants on board two military vessels were stranded at sea on Saturday as Italy and Malta locked horns over whose responsibility it was to offer them safe harbour.
Pope Francis blesses the crowd as he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Pope Francis has lamented intensified attacks in southern Syria, asking that people be spared more suffering. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope decries ‘sterile hypocrisy’ of those who refuse to help migrants

Pope Francis on Friday celebrated a special Mass for migrants and refugees in which he denounced the “sterile hypocrisy” of people who refuse to help them.
A child aboard a rubber dinghy off the Libyan coast is helped by rescuers aboard the Open Arms aid boat, of Proactiva Open Arms Spanish NGO, Saturday, June 30, 2018. Olmo Calvo - AP

Spanish NGO boat looking for safe dock after saving 60 refugees

A Spanish NGO says one of its ships is "heading to a secure port" after rescuing 60 refugees and migrants off the coast of Libya, eliciting a reaction from Italy's far-right interior minister who said they were not welcome in his country.
A Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rigid-inflatable boat sails back to Open Arms vessel after getting medical supplies from the Aquarius rescue vessel, chartered by French NGO SOS-Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on June 24, 2018 in the open sea about 50 miles from Libya. PAU BARRENA / AFP

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.

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