Search and rescue efforts

In this photo taken Saturday and released Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, a rescue team of the Ocean Viking ship, operated by the NGOs Sos Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, helps a person rescued from a rubber dinghy with over 80 migrants off the Libyan coast. The Ocean Viking was already carrying over 80 people rescued earlier, and is blocked at sea while it waits to be assigned a safe port. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has triggered a government crisis in Italy, signed Friday a ban on the ship's entry into Italian waters. (Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF/Sos Mediterranee via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 6:10 pm
ROME (AP) — The latest on migrants trying to enter Europe (all times local): 11:50 p.m. Two charity groups operating the Ocean Viking rescue ship have formally asked Italy and Malta to allow the 356 migrants aboard to disembark in their ports. After four consecutive days of search and rescue...
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File - This undated file photo taken from the Facebook page of The Lucie Blackman Trust shows Nora Quoirin. Malaysian police said Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 the family of a missing 15-year-old London girl has positively identified a naked body found near the nature resort where she disappeared over a week ago. (The Lucie Blackman Trust/Family via AP, File)
August 13, 2019 - 11:48 am
SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police said Tuesday the family of a missing 15-year-old London girl has positively identified a naked body found near the nature resort where she disappeared over a week ago. Police said rescuers earlier Tuesday found the body of a female Caucasian beside a small...
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In this photo taken Saturday and released Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, a rubber dinghy with over 80 migrants off the Libyan coast has received life vests from a rescue team of the Ocean Viking ship, operated by the NGOs Sos Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders. The Ocean Viking was already carrying over 80 people rescued earlier, and is blocked at sea while it waits to be assigned a safe port. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has triggered a government crisis in Italy, signed Friday a ban on the ship's entry into Italian waters. (Hannah Wallace Bowman/MSF/Sos Mediterranee via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 9:49 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency urgently appealed to European governments Tuesday to let two migrant rescue ships disembark more than 500 passengers who remain stranded at sea as countries bicker over who should take responsibility for them. The people rescued while attempting to...
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A man holds a sunshade on the sandbank on Danube river in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Hot weather has set in with temperatures rising up to 37 Celsius (98,6 Fahrenheit) in Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
August 12, 2019 - 10:31 am
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on weather in Europe (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The Balkans are sizzling under scorching heat, with authorities warning people to stay indoors. In Bosnia and Croatia on Monday, temperatures soared to over 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), the highest so far in...
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Actor Richard Gere gestures as he speaks during a press conference he held along with Open Arms founder Oscar Camps, in the island of Lampedusa, Southern Italy, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, the day after he visited the Spanish humanitarian ship that has been stuck at sea with 121 migrants on board for over a week, after Italy and Malta have denied it entry. The Open Arms boat has rescued 39 more migrants on Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Valerio Nicolosi)
August 10, 2019 - 11:26 am
LAMPEDUSA, Italy (AP) — A private rescue ship that has remained at sea with 121 migrants after being denied permission to enter ports in two European countries rescued 39 more people Saturday, a Spanish aid group said, further complicating conditions on and off board. The Open Arms made its latest...
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August 09, 2019 - 1:14 pm
LONDON (AP) — British border officials rescued more than 30 people Friday, who were attempting to cross the English Channel in three small inflatable boats and a kayak. The government said a Border Force cutter and a patrol boat picked up 27 men, a woman and two children. The migrants, who claimed...
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In this photo released Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, some of the 80 migrants rescued from a rubber dinghy off Libya are ferried to the Ocean Viking rescue ship run by the SOS Mediterranee NGO. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has triggered a government crisis in Italy, said he is preparing to sign a ban on the ship's entry into Italian waters. (Photo SOS Mediterranee via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 11:27 am
MILAN (AP) — The Latest on migration developments in Europe (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Police in North Macedonia say 161 migrants were stopped overnight trying to enter illegally from Greece. In a statement, police said the migrants were discovered in the south of the country by local police and...
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In this photo provided by Battambang province Authority Police, Sum Bora, a 28-year-old man who got stuck in the rock's hollow at Battambang province in northwestern of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Sum Bora, who became wedged between rocks while collecting bat droppings for sale, was rescued Wednesday after being trapped for almost four days. (Battambang province Authority Police via AP)
August 07, 2019 - 10:00 pm
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A man who became wedged between rocks while collecting bat droppings in the Cambodian jungle was rescued after being trapped for almost four days. Police said Sum Bora slipped Sunday while trying to retrieve his flashlight, which had fallen in the small rocky hollow. Bat...
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Authorities and residents gather near the location where police said the body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34, was found in a 20-meter-deep ravine, in Faros village on the Greek island of Ikaria, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Greek authorities say search crews have found the body of a British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where the woman had been staying. (ikariaki.gr via AP)
August 07, 2019 - 1:13 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek search crews have found the body of a British scientist who went missing while on holiday on the Aegean island of Ikaria in a ravine near where she had been staying, authorities said Wednesday. Police said the body of Cyprus-based astrophysicist Natalie Christopher, 34,...
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Personnel of a Maltese Armed Force vessel, right, helps a man to board their ship from the German humanitarian vessel Alan Kurdi, off the Maltese coast, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019.. The humanitarian group said the 40 migrants that were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya have been successfully transferred to the Maltese military boats to be brought to port. Alan Kurdi had headed toward Malta after Italy again refused to open its ports to a humanitarian rescue ship in the Mediterranean Sea. (Pavel D. Vitko/Sea-eye.org via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 12:18 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency expressed concern Tuesday that a new Italian law authorizing massive fines against the owners of private rescue ships could endanger the lives of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea. A so-called "security decree" drafted by Italy's...
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