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Lone migrant rescue ship keeps up patrols off Libya

On board the Aquarius, one of the last NGO ships still operating off the coast of Libya, rescuers are worried they are not seeing any more boatloads of migrants at sea.

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Rome - The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, a move that has prompted almost all international charities to halt migrant search and rescue operations in the area.

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Rome - The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, as both countries struggle with a migrant crisis that has engulfed Europe in recent years.

MSF refuses to sign on to new migrant rescue rules

Rome - Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) refused Monday to sign a code of conduct on migrant-saving operations in the Mediterranean, while others including Save the Children approved the new rules.

Sri Lankan navy rescues elephant washed out to sea

Colombo - Sri Lanka's navy has rescued an elephant that got into difficulties after being washed out to sea, a spokesman said Wednesday, calling it a "miraculous escape".

Italy to pay up to 17 bln euros to deal with two troubled banks: govt

Rome - Italy will pay up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion) to break up two insolvent Venetian banks, which have posed a threat to country's banking system, the government announced Sunday.

Rome out to rescue two troubled banks

Rome - At the 11th hour, the Italian government has vowed to rescue two troubled Venetian banks with the aid of a retail bank, plus billions of taxpayer's cash.

Spain rescues more than 200 migrants from Med

Madrid - Spanish coastguards rescued more than 200 migrants on Saturday as they attempted to make the perilous sea crossing from north Africa to Europe.

Trio missing off PNG coast after boat capsizes

Sydney - Three men from Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are missing after their boat capsized off PNG, officials said Monday, as a fourth man was reportedly rescued on a isolated beach after scrawling "help" in the sand.

Rescue drill turns real as US Coast Guard finds missing Tongans

Wellington - A search and rescue exercise turned real for a US Coast Guard crew who found six Tongan fishermen missing at sea for a week, New Zealand officials said Friday.

5,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours off Libya

Rome - Some 5,000 migrants bound for Italy were rescued in waters off the coast of Libya between Thursday and Saturday morning by Italian and Libyan coastguards, statements from both countries said.

Philippine fisherman's tale of 58 days adrift

General Santos - Adrift and alone in the Pacific Ocean, Rolando Omongos prayed to live long enough to bring home news of the death of his uncle, whose corpse he had cast off at sea.

Philippine fisherman back home after 58-day sea ordeal

Manila - A young fisherman flew home to the Philippines on Wednesday after being given up for dead at sea, battling hunger, thirst and despair for nearly two months on a tiny boat that drifted all the way to Papua New Guinea.

Philippine fisherman back home after 58-day sea ordeal

Manila - A young fisherman flew home to the Philippines on Wednesday after being given up for dead at sea, battling hunger, thirst and despair for nearly two months on a tiny boat that drifted all the way to Papua New Guinea.

Philippine fisherman back home after 58-day sea ordeal

Manila - A young fisherman flew home to the Philippines on Wednesday after being given up for dead at sea, battling hunger, thirst and despair for nearly two months on a tiny boat that drifted all the way to Papua New Guinea.

Spain rescues 92 migrants off the southern coast

M - Spanish authorities said 92 migrants travelling in five makeshift boats were rescued off Spain's coast on Saturday, as an increasing number of migrants seek to reach Europe via the country.

Rescue crew's tough call: sail away to keep other migrants safe

Pal Erik Teigen had to make a tough call Saturday: sail a rescue ship away from desperate migrants in waters off the Libyan coast in order to safeguard the lives of others.

2,400 migrants rescued, 14 die, off Libya

Horrific scenes unfolded in the Mediterranean off Libya Saturday as a full-to-capacity rescue ship was forced to sail away from desperate migrants trying to swim towards the rescuers.

1,800 migrants rescued off Libya

Italy - At least 1,800 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast on Tuesday, the Italian coastguard announced, adding that similar operations were underway around 15 other overloaded vessels.

Nine dead as Italy rescues 6,055 migrants on disaster anniversary

Rome - Italy's coastguard said nine corpses were recovered in operations in which 6,055 people were rescued off Libya Monday, three years to the day after 366 people died in the sinking that first alerted the world to the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

Tragic story behind rescued baby in Syria's Idlib

Idlib - The frail cries of four-month-old Wahida made the rescue worker who carried her out of the rubble in Syria's Idlib break down in sobs. The full story is one of tragedy.

3,000 migrants saved off Libya a day after record rescue

Rome - Rescuers saved 3,000 migrants in the waters off Libya on Tuesday as they tried desperately to reach Europe, a day after a record 6,500 people were rescued in the Mediterranean.

Some 6,500 migrants rescued off Libya: Italian coastguard

Rome - Around 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya, the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.

Czech woman found a month after partner died on remote NZ track

Wellington - A Czech tourist has been found in a remote high-country hut in New Zealand where she waited a month to be rescued after her hiking partner fell and died, police said Thursday.

Italy says 6,500 migrants rescued since Thursday

Rome - The Italian coastguard said the bodies of five migrants were recovered from the Mediterranean Sunday, while more than 6,500 people had been rescued off Libya since Thursday.

Some 2,000 migrants rescued off Libya: Italian coastguard

Rome - Around 2,000 migrants were plucked to safety off the coast of Libya in the latest series of rescue operations in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said.

A day in the life of the Med's migrant lifesavers

Italy - The sun beats down on a flat sea as a gentle breeze blows up from the Libyan coast but the Mediterranean idyll is soon to be shattered for the crew of migrant rescue ship the MS Aquarius.

Elite South African mine rescue squad risks all to save lives

Carletonville - In a dark, smoke-filled mine shaft, a group of South African rescue trainees heave and gasp after crawling through a narrow steel pipe -- but commands shouted by an instructor urge them onwards."Number four, what is your oxygen reading?" he yells.

Coffins pile up in Ecuador stadium-turned-morgue

Pedernales - A hodgepodge of donated coffins in various shapes, sizes and colors is piled in a corner of the football stadium in the Ecuadoran resort town of Pedernales.

Nearly 1,500 migrants rescued off Libya: Italian coastguard

Rome - Nearly 1,500 migrants, including many women and children, have been rescued in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya over the past two days, the Italian coastguard said Monday.
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