Mediterranean

European Union countries pledge to take 34,000 refugees

EU states have pledged to take 34,000 refugees directly from Africa and the Middle East, officials said on Wednesday a day after the UN slammed the bloc's "inhuman" cooperation with Libya to stop migrant boats.

Nov 15, 2017, 23:57 PM IST

EU cooperation with Libya to stem migrant flow 'inhuman': United Nations

The European Union's policy of helping the Libyan authorities intercept migrants in the Mediterranean and return them to "horrific" prisons in Libya is "inhuman", the United Nations said on Tuesday. 

Nov 14, 2017, 19:21 PM IST
More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya: Navy

More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya: Navy

Last week, Libya's coastguard rescued more than 3,000 migrants aiming to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, while Italy picked up another 2,000.

Sep 21, 2017, 17:59 PM IST
Netanyahu warn's UN secretary general of Iran's 'warfronts in Syria, Lebanon

Netanyahu warn's UN secretary general of Iran's 'warfronts in Syria, Lebanon

On Wednesday, Netanyahu, in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Israel was prepared to act unilaterally to prevent an expanded Iranian military presence in Syria.

Aug 28, 2017, 20:01 PM IST

African, EU leaders meet on migrant crisis

Some 125,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean by boat this year, according to UN figures, with the vast majority arriving in Italy before travelling on to other EU members. An estimated 2,400 have died en route.

Aug 28, 2017, 18:05 PM IST
Lemon was a luxury item for ancient Romans: Study

Lemon was a luxury item for ancient Romans: Study

 The humble citrus fruit lemon, a cash crop, was introduced in ancient Rome from Israel and was once considered an item of luxury as well as a status symbol for the ruling elite, a study has found.

Aug 19, 2017, 23:42 PM IST
Migrant arrivals in Italy fall in July, rise in Spain: Frontex

Migrant arrivals in Italy fall in July, rise in Spain: Frontex

Italy has been the main gateway to Europe since a 2016 deal with Ankara shut off the route from Turkey to EU member Greece, which had mostly been used by Syrian refugees.

Aug 14, 2017, 19:46 PM IST

UN backs Italy bid to close migrant route from Libya

Italy has also been working to stem migrant arrivals in Libya through better controls on the southern border, cooperation with countries like Niger, Chad and Mali that migrants transit on their way to the Mediterranean and a voluntary repatriation programme.

Aug 08, 2017, 17:18 PM IST

Over 600 migrants rescued from Mediterranean Sea

A total of 43 migrants from Pakistan and Arab countries, as well as several Libyan families, were also rescued by a team from the Coast Guard of the Libyan city of Misrata in the early hours of Friday.

Aug 05, 2017, 20:31 PM IST

Over 600 migrants rescued from Mediterranean Sea: Libyan Coast Guard

Libyan Coast Guard teams have rescued over 600 migrants from the Mediterranean waters off the coast of the Arab nation, rescue services said on Saturday.

Aug 05, 2017, 20:25 PM IST
Italy begins naval mission to help Libya curb migrant flows

Italy begins naval mission to help Libya curb migrant flows

Almost 600,000 migrants have arrived in Italy over the past four years, putting Italy`s network of reception centres under huge strain and causing increasing political tensions.

Aug 02, 2017, 22:33 PM IST

Dozens of migrants believed missing off Libya

"According to the survivors about 40 others are missing, including seven children," he said. The body of one woman was had already been recovered.
 

Jul 08, 2017, 19:54 PM IST

UN-hosted Cyprus talks resume in Swiss Alpine resort

Turkey today has over 35,000 troops in Cyprus. Sticking points include security guarantees and hopes among Greek Cypriot leaders for the removal of those forces. 

Jun 28, 2017, 16:47 PM IST
Rescuers made 'scapegoat' for Italian frustration with migrant crisis

Rescuers made 'scapegoat' for Italian frustration with migrant crisis

In 2014, when Italy ran its own search-and-rescue operation called Mare Nostrum, charities carried out less than one percent of all rescues. So far this year, they have carried out more than a third of rescues, according to Italy`s coastguard, which coordinates all the rescues from Rome.

Jun 23, 2017, 12:18 PM IST

Israel to reduce Gaza power, feeding fears of unrest

The move has raised fears of a new upsurge in violence, with Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza having fought three wars since 2008.

Jun 13, 2017, 00:00 AM IST

Russia fires missiles at Islamic State targets from Mediterranean: Reports

A Russian warship and a submarine have fired four cruise missiles from the Mediterranean to hit Islamic State manpower and equipment near the Syrian city of Palmyra, Russian news agencies cited the Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

May 31, 2017, 11:23 AM IST

1,530 migrants, refugees died crossing Mediterranean in 2017: United Nations

"This number does not include some 6,000 people who have been rescued over the past 72 hours," said Dujarric. 

May 27, 2017, 18:36 PM IST

At least 34 migrants, mostly toddlers, drown after vessel capsizes off Libya's coast

At least 34 migrants, most of them toddlers, drowned on Wednesday, as coastguard boats and other vessels tried to save hundreds of others packed into boats off the coast of Libya, rescuers said.

May 24, 2017, 19:23 PM IST
At least 20 migrants killed in new Mediterranean sinking: Coastguard

At least 20 migrants killed in new Mediterranean sinking: Coastguard

At least 20 migrants including young children drowned on Wednesday when they fell off an overloaded vessel in the Mediterranean.

May 24, 2017, 17:35 PM IST

Libya asks Italy to arm migrant patrol boats

Libya on Thursday asked Italy to arm the patrol boats it uses in the fight against illegal immigration across the Mediterranean from North Africa to Europe.

May 18, 2017, 22:43 PM IST