Search and rescue efforts

The Open Arms rescue ship is docked at the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle, southern Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. An Italian prosecutor ordered the seizure of a rescue ship and the evacuation of more than 80 migrants that were aboard, capping a drama Tuesday that saw 15 people jump overboard in a desperate bid to escape deteriorating conditions on the vessel and Spain dispatch a naval ship to try to resolve the crisis. (Concetta Rizzo/ANSA via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 1:05 pm
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the European migrant crisis (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Albania's Defense Ministry says its ship in the Aegean Sea has rescued 36 Afghans trying to cross into Greece. Defense Minister Olta Xhacka tweeted Wednesday that 19 Afghan children, eight women and nine men were...
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August 18, 2019 - 10:06 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that more than two dozen rescue experts are trying to free two spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave in southern Poland. The private broadcaster TVN said Sunday that rescue officials have not yet managed to make contact with the two, who...
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Migrants are evacuated by Italian Coast guards from the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. A Spanish aid boat with 147 rescued migrants aboard is anchored off a southern Italian island as Italy's ministers spar over their fate. (AP Photo/Francisco Gentico)
August 16, 2019 - 1:52 pm
ROME (AP) — Three ailing migrants and a family member were evacuated Friday from a Spanish rescue ship anchored near a southern Italian island but 134 others remained stuck on the boat as Italy's political battle over migration raged on. The humanitarian ship Open Arms had rescued 147 migrants in...
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A migrant reads verses of the Quran aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it arrives near Lampedusa coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Thursday, Aug.15, 2019. A Spanish aid boat with 147 rescued migrants aboard is anchored off a southern Italian island as Italy's ministers spar over their fate. (AP Photo/Francisco Gentico)
August 15, 2019 - 4:24 pm
ROME (AP) — A humanitarian boat carrying 147 migrants rescued at sea was eventually allowed to let nine persons disembark Thursday night on a tiny Italian island, but the others were stuck aboard for a 15th night, as the drama was swept up in Italy's rapidly worsening government crisis. With a...
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Migrants stand aboard the Open Arms Spanish humanitarian boat as it arrives near Lampedusa coast in the Mediterranean Sea, Thursday, Aug.15, 2019. A Spanish aid boat with 147 rescued migrants aboard is anchored off a southern Italian island as Italy's ministers spar over their fate. (AP Photo/Francisco Gentico)
August 15, 2019 - 3:11 pm
ROME (AP) — The Latest on immigration in Europe (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Authorities have allowed nine people to disembark from a Spanish humanitarian boat on an Italian island, but the 138 other migrants aren't being allowed to get off. The Open Arms boat tweeted Thursday night that five...
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This undated photo released by The Lucie Blackman Trust/Family shows Nora Anne Quoirin. Malaysian police said Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2019, the family of the missing 15-year-old London girl positively identified a naked body found near the nature resort in southern Negeri Sembilan state, Malaysia, where she disappeared over a week ago. (The Lucie Blackman Trust/Family via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 6:54 am
SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian doctors conducted an autopsy Wednesday to determine the cause of death of a 15-year-old London teen whose naked body was found nine days after she mysteriously disappeared from a nature resort. Nora Anne Quoirin's body was discovered Tuesday beside a small stream...
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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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In this image from a video, rescuers brief as they conduct a search and rescue operation for a missing British girl at a forest in Seremban, Malaysia Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Malaysian police say rescuers have found the body of a Caucasian female in the forest surrounding a nature resort where a 15-year-old London girl was reported missing more than a week ago. State police chief says officials are in the process of determining whether the body, which was found on Tuesday, is Nora Anne Quoirin. (AP Photo)
August 13, 2019 - 9:21 am
SEREMBAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian rescuers on Tuesday found the naked body of a Caucasian female believed to be that of a 15-year-old London girl who was reported missing more than a week ago, police said. National deputy police chief Mazlan Mansor said the body was found beside a small stream...
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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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