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NATO Operation Sea Guardian concludes security patrols in Mediterranean

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NATO's Operation Sea Guardian (OSG) has concluded maritime security patrols in the Western Mediterranean Sea after two weeks at sea. NATO’s Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM)...

Operation Focus ups EUNavFor Med inter-operability

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The European Union (EU) Mediterranean naval force tasked with enforcing a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Libya staged a focus operation involving aerial...

Op Irini notches up 22 board and search missions

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The fragile situation in Libya means Operation Irini, the EU (European Union) tasking enforcing a United Nations (UN) arms embargo on the North African...

Irini assets continue to enforce Libyan arms embargo

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“Significant progress” en route to a political solution in Libya is, according to the UN and its international partners, welcome but has not seen...

At least 130 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean as capsized boat,...

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  Merchant vessels and a charity ship searching the Mediterranean for boats carrying migrants has found ten bodies floating near a capsized rubber boat believed...

Spanish police arrest gang accused of trafficking migrants across Mediterranean

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Eight members of a gang suspected of trafficking migrants from Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla to the Spanish mainland have been arrested, police...

Spanish police arrest drugs gang in Mediterranean after high-speed chase

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A gang of drugs traffickers has been arrested after a dramatic speedboat chase across over 100 miles of the Mediterranean during which they tried...

Twenty migrants drown in Libya shipwreck, fourth accident this week

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Twenty African migrants are believed to have drowned off the coast of Libya when their boat sank as they tried to cross the Mediterranean...

Op Irini boards Syrian flagged vessel

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The last week of October saw another vessel boarding and inspection done by the EUNavFor Operation Irini in the Mediterranean to prevent violations of...

At least 11 die as migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

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At least 11 migrants from Africa died when their boat sank off Tunisia on Sunday, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to the...

Op Irini friendly approaches

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An integral component of the EUNavFor Med tasking Irini to enforce an arms embargo on Libya is friendly approaches to merchant vessels in the...

New wave of boat migrants overwhelms southern Italian island

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About 100 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in small boats landed on the southern island of Lampedusa during the night, the latest in a...

Operation Irini up and running in the Mediterranean

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The EU naval operation in the Mediterranean, previously concentrating on migrants is up and running with a new mandate and name since the beginning...

Malta exits EU Mediterranean patrols

Malta told its European Union partners it would no longer take part in a new Mediterranean mission to stop arms reach warring factions in...

New EU Libya sea patrols in April

The European Union will launch a new Mediterranean naval and air mission in April to stop arms reaching warring factions in Libya, EU diplomats...

Austria a stumbling block to Med migrant patrols resuming

Italy is considering resumption of maritime patrols in the Mediterranean, a senior official said, but diplomats say Austria is sticking to its objections in...

Turkey, Libya accord invalid – claim

The head of Libya’s eastern-based parliament disagrees with an accord between Libya and Turkey establishing maritime boundaries which infuriated Athens. Greece expelled the Libyan...

Greece claims Libya/Turkey accord invalid and in bad faith

Greece lodged objections with the UN over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, the...

Joint Libyan, Turkish exploration can happen in Med

Turkey and Libya can carry out joint exploration operations in the eastern Mediterranean a deal was signed on maritime boundaries, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan...

Greece expels Libyan ambassador

Greece expelled the Libyan ambassador, angered by an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out a sea boundary between the two countries close to...

More Mediterranean migrants rescued

Almost 200 people were rescued attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Spain the coastguard said. The rescues come amid a...

Migrants leave German ship in Sicily

More than 100 migrants aboard a German migrant rescue ship stranded at sea for a week disembarked in Sicily after Italian police confiscated the...

Second charity ship stranded

Two charities running rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea said Italy ignored requests to allow their ship to bring 356 migrants ashore, exposing Europe’s...

Falco EVO UAV used to monitor illegal migration in Mediterranean

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The European Union’s Frontex Maritime Aerial Surveillance project has been successfully using Falco EVO unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor illegal immigrants in the...

Turkey breaks up smuggling ring that brought thousands of migrants to...

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Turkish police said on Wednesday they had detained the leaders of what they called Europe’s biggest people-smuggling ring, which helped thousands of irregular immigrants...

Mediterranean rated the world’s deadliest sea crossing

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Six people died every day last year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe – “the world’s deadliest sea crossing” - the UN...

First rescue for humanitarian ship since stand-off

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A humanitarian ship rescued 141 migrants packed on wooden boats off the coast of Libya in its first mission since it was...

Mediterranean migrant deaths hit 1 500

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For the fifth straight year, at least 1,500 migrants perished in the Mediterranean, with the route between Libya and Italy the deadliest,...

Mediterranean migrant centres will be no quick fix

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Planned new centres around the Mediterranean to handle migrants will be no silver bullet solution to the European Union's immigration challenge, said...

Mediterranean migrant deaths top the thousand mark

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More than 1,000 people drowned in the Mediterranean this year sailing from Libya to Europe, with a rush in the past few...

Hundreds of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

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Spanish coast guards rescued nearly 600 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing from Africa while off the coast of Libya coastguards...

Med migrants rescued by Spanish authorities

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Spanish authorities rescued over 500 migrants at the weekend from more than a dozen boats making the Mediterranean crossing to Europe. Following...

Italy seizes ship carrying migrants

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Italian authorities seized a charity's ship on suspicion it helped illegal immigration by picking up migrants in the Mediterranean instead of letting...

Migrants plucked from Mediterranean

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International charity ships and Libya's coastguard and picked up several hundred migrants as smugglers taking advantage of calm seas launched a flurry...

Around 800 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 30 drown off Yemen

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Around 800 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe and two bodies were recovered, Italy's...

Mediterranean ‘by far world’s deadliest border’ for migrants

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More than 33,000 migrants have died at sea trying to reach European shores since 2000, making the Mediterranean "by far the world's...

Desert migrant deaths more likely than in Mediterranean – UN

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West African migrants trying to reach Europe are dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara than in the Mediterranean but efforts...

Humanitarian rescue ship intercepted by Libyan coastguard

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The Libyan coastguard intercepted a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean ordering it to sail to Tripoli or risk being targeted, a...

EUNavFor Op Sophia in the Mediterranean extended again

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The EU Naval Force operation targeting migrant smugglers and human traffickers in the Mediterranean Sea has been extended to December 31 next...

NGO rescue boat seized by Italian coastguard

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The Italian coastguard seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a German aid groups suspected of aiding illegal immigration from Libya, a...

Eight Med migrants die

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Eight migrants died in the Mediterranean and 375 were rescued from small boats on Tuesday, aid group Proactiva Open Arms said. More...

Aid groups split over new Italian rules for migrant rescue

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Five aid groups operating migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean refuse to sign up to the Italian government's code of conduct, the...

More migrants rescued off Libya

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Red Crescent volunteers recovered the bodies of 24 migrants washed up in an eastern suburb of Tripoli as large-scale rescues were made...

Mediterranean migrants rescued by Irish navy

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An Irish naval ship rescued 712 people including pregnant women and infants off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as...

Migrants saved from burning rubber dinghy

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Dozens of migrants were rescued at the weekend after jumping from a rubber dinghy that burst into flame as they tried to...

More than two thousand Mediterranean migrants saved

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Rescuers saved around 2,300 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the central Mediterranean on Thursday, but also recovered two dead bodies,...

Italy rescues 383 Mediterranean migrants

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Rescuers saved 484 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean at the weekend and found the bodies of seven men who died attempting...

Three thousand migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

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Around 3,000 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean at the weekend as they tried to reach Europe, Italy's coast guard said. The people...

No trace of explosives on EgyptAir victims – report

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French investigators found no traces of explosives on the bodies of French victims of EgyptAir flight MS 804 that crashed into the...

EU urged to save migrants, not patrol “make believe” border

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EU patrol vessels in the Mediterranean are putting lives at risk by operating too far from the Libyan coast where migrants embark...

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