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Migrants say goodbye to crew members as they disembark from the Aquarius rescue ship after it docked at Bolier Wharf in Senglea, Malta, on August 15, 2018. The Aquarius, chartered by French group SOS Mediterranee along with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), arrived in Malta on August 15 after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff. The Aquarius had rescued the migrants off the coast of Libya in two separate missions on August 11, only for Italy and Malta to refuse access to their ports. / AFP PHOTO / Matthew Mirabelli

Malta rescues 100 migrants from boat in distress

Maltese coastguards rescued 100 migrants and recovered two bodies from a small boat south of the island on Wednesday.
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

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.
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.
The Lifeline had been waiting for political leaders in Europe to decide on the fate of migrants on board | Mission Lifeline

Lifeline migrant ship captain faces Maltese court Monday

The captain of the German NGO ship Lifeline, accused of breaking international law by picking up migrants off the Libyan coast, will appear in a Maltese court on Monday, a government spokesman told AFP.
The Lifeline had been waiting for political leaders in Europe to decide on the fate of migrants on board | Mission Lifeline

Malta to allow migrant rescue to dock, ending standoff

A humanitarian ship that has had about 230 rescued migrants on board for almost a week will enter a Maltese port on Wednesday, ending a standoff with Italy which refused to let the ship dock.
Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron in the Apostolic Palace. Franco Origlia|Getty

Emmanuel Macron: France will welcome some migrants on Lifeline ship

French president Emmanuel Macron announced on Tuesday that France will welcome some of the refugees rescued by the Lifeline ship.
German NGO ship Lifeline

German’s migrant ship may dock in Malta

France said Tuesday that “a European solution seems to be emerging” for the humanitarian ship Lifeline, stranded at sea with 234 migrants on board, and it may be allowed to dock in Malta.
European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau

Minister: France won’t take any lessons from Italy on immigration

France’s minister for European affairs said international law obliged Italy to let the stranded migrant rescue vessel Lifeline dock in an Italian port and that Rome was in no position to tell Paris how to behave.
German chancellor Angela Merkel

EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

EU leaders headed to Brussels for emergency talks Sunday over migration as Italy's new populist cabinet turned away another rescue ship, vowing no longer to shoulder Europe's migrant burden.

Italy bans more migrant rescue boats

Italy’s Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini, has warned another migrant rescue mission off the Libyan coast that it would not be allowed to land its “human cargo” at an Italian port.

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