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Mediterranean migrants have no place to land

International | Border closures due to the coronavirus pandemic further fuel a European crisis
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/20, 02:54 pm

The merchant vessel Marina was heading to the international shipping hub at Malta Freeport when the Maltese government ordered it to undertake a rescue mission. The ship’s 13 crew members obeyed, and on May 3, they took in 78 migrants from Libya they found drifting off southern Italy near the island of Lampedusa in a wooden boat with a busted engine.

The Marina’s crew had insufficient food and water for such a large group. None of them had experience with migrant rescues. And when the boat neared Malta, border officials refused to let the passengers come ashore.

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Associated Press/Photos by Frank Augstein (Johnson) and Thanassis Stavrakis (Corbyn)

Yet another vote on Brexit

International | Brits decide on a prime minister—and their country’s future
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/12/19, 04:46 pm

BRITAIN: Voters are at the polls throughout the U.K. on Thursday in what is essentially a(nother) Brexit referendum. The Conservative Party’s Boris Johnson has held a consistent lead over Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, but it had narrowed in closing days of campaigning.

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Brunson remains the focus of U.S.-Turkey feud

International | The NATO ally retaliates with tariffs while a Turkish court refuses to free the American pastor
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/15/18, 04:18 pm

TURKEY: Ankara raised tariffs on U.S. imports following U.S. sanctions imposed for Turkey’s continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. A Turkish court Wednesday rejected another appeal for Brunson’s release.

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