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The Eta Aquarids to give us a real light show for Cinco de Mayo

Skywatchers are in for a real treat this month, as several celestial events will occur. The first event coming up will be the Eta Aquarids meteor shower - and it is expected to peak in the early hours of Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, May 5.

UN urges more Med rescue capacity after Aquarius pullout

Geneva - The UN voiced concern Friday at the MSF charity's decision to retire its Aquarius rescue ship amid alleged obstruction by some European countries, saying more capacity was needed to save migrants stranded in the Mediterranean.

Aquarius migrant rescue ship quits after facing 'sustained campaign'

Paris - The charity-run migrant rescue ship Aquarius will end its missions in the Mediterranean, with humanitarian group MSF blaming Italy and other European states for smearing and obstructing its work.

Aquarius migrant rescue ship to end operations: SOS Mediterranee

Paris - The Aquarius migrant rescue ship is to end its operations in the Mediterranean, the humanitarian groups that chartered the boat said on Thursday.

Italy orders seizure of migrant rescue ship Aquarius over 'toxic' waste

Rome - Italy has ordered the seizure of the migrant rescue ship Aquarius for allegedly dumping potentially toxic waste, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday, in a fresh blow for aid groups working in the Mediterranean.

Aquarius rescue ship migrants to disembark in Malta: PM

Valletta - The 58 migrants on board the Aquarius rescue ship will be taken to Malta and from there on to four other European countries, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted on Tuesday.

France suggests Aquarius migrant ship dock in Malta: presidential source

Paris - France is pushing for the Aquarius rescue ship to dock in Malta and unload the 58 migrants on board, a source in the presidential office said on Tuesday.

Fresh standoff brews as Aquarius migrant ship heads for France

Paris - A new diplomatic row loomed Monday over the Aquarius as its operators announced the migrant rescue ship was heading to France, only for the French government to say it should dock at the nearest safe port instead.

Rescue ship seeks haven for 11 migrants saved off Libya

Rome - Migrant rescue ship Aquarius was seeking a safe haven for 11 migrants it saved off Libya Thursday, after refusing to return them to the north African country, aid groups MSF and SOS Mediterranee said.

Exhausted Aquarius migrants bear scars of the past

Paris - The 141 migrants onboard the Aquarius rescue boat at the centre of Europe's latest migration drama, are exhausted and mentally scarred after harrowing journeys, according to an aid worker on the ship.

Aquarius 'resumes migrant rescues off Libya'

Rome - Two French groups operating the rescue ship Aquarius said Saturday it was back in Libyan coastal waters for the first time since triggering a diplomatic row over migration in June.

Migrant rescue ship Aquarius to resume operations: NGO

Marseille - The French NGO operating the rescue ship Aquarius, which precipitated a European political crisis in June after both Italy and Malta blocked it from docking with 630 migrants aboard, said Tuesday it would return to sea.

France offers asylum to 80 Aquarius migrants

Paris - France will grant asylum to around 80 refugees from the Aquarius rescue vessel which was at the centre of a bitter European dispute over migration last month, the country's asylum office said Tuesday.

Aquarius: the migrant ship at centre of ugly European row

Marseille - After two years at sea in which it has saved nearly 30,000 migrants, the Aquarius rescue ship is charting a course for a head-on collision with European governments.

Hope fuels dreams of migrants on boat to Europe

Italy - "This is five stars compared to what we have been through recently," says the teenager from the Ivory Coast.

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