Ancient bones reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea

Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study analyzing ancient bones suggests. The discovery of the whale bones in the ruins of a Roman fish processing factory located at the strait of Gibraltar also hints at the possibility that the Romans may have hunted the whales.
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Rescuers pick up hundreds of migrants across Mediterranean ahead of EU talks

Rescuers pick up hundreds of migrants across Mediterranean ahead of EU talksBARCELONA/VALLETTA (Reuters) – Spanish coast guards rescued nearly 600 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing from Africa, authorities said on Saturday, while off the coast of Libya coastguards recovered bodies of five migrants and picked up 185 survivors. Elsewhere in the Mediterranean, Malta’s army made a medical evacuation from a stranded rescue ship that Italy and Malta have refused to take in, while the container ship Alexander Maersk picked up 113 migrants from a boat off southern Italy on Friday, the ship owner said.


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“This ship is only going to see Italy by postcard” – new migrant crisis in the Mediterranean

  1. “This ship is only going to see Italy by postcard” – new migrant crisis in the Mediterranean  Chron.com
  2. Italy’s interior minister says Malta should take rescue boat  Business Insider
  3. Italy to seize migrant ships ‘illegally’ flying Dutch flag  UPI.com
  4. Matteo Salvini is threatening me mafia-style. But I’m not afraid  The Guardian
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629 migrants on humanitarian ship caught in Mediterranean limbo after Italy, Malta refuse them

  1. 629 migrants on humanitarian ship caught in Mediterranean limbo after Italy, Malta refuse them  CNN
  2. Italy’s New Populist Government Blocks Rescue Ship Carrying 600 Migrants From Docking  TIME
  3. Boat carrying more than 600 asylum seekers stranded by Italian, Maltese political standoff  ABC News
  4. Italy shuts ports to rescue ship carrying over 600 migrants  Sky News
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Standoff between Malta and Italy over migrants rescued by NGO in the Mediterranean

Standoff between Malta and Italy over migrants rescued by NGO in the MediterraneanItaly and Malta were in a tense standoff last night over which country should accept an NGO rescue boat carrying nearly 630 migrants. Malta said the rescue of the migrants, who set out from Libya, had been coordinated by Rome and was therefore the responsibility of Italy. But Italy’s coalition government, in what could be the start of a new, hard-line stance, said it would not accept the asylum seekers either. Matteo Salvini, the interior minister, who is also head of the hard-Right, anti-migrant League party, wrote an urgent letter to Malta saying that the Maltese capital, Valletta, was the nearest port of call. Mr Salvini’s stance could herald the eventual closing of all Italian ports to NGO vessels with migrants on board, the Italian press speculated. He has criticised humanitarian organisations for providing what he has called a “taxi service” for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya. A woman peers out from the porthole of the MV Aquarius upon its arrival at the Sicilian port of Messina, on May 14, 2018 Credit: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP More than 700,000 have reached Italy in the last five years, with Rome long complaining that it has been left to fend for itself by the rest of the EU. The 629 migrants were rescued by the Aquarius, a vessel operated by the charities Medecins Sans Frontieres and Sos Mediterranee, off the coast of Libya on Saturday. They included 123 non-accompanied minors, 11 children and seven pregnant women. On Saturday, 400 other migrants who had been rescued at sea were disembarked in the Italian ports of Reggio Calabria and Pozzallo. They, too, had been denied disembarkation in Malta, provoking the ire of Mr Salvini. “They can’t keep saying no to requests for help,” he said of the Maltese authorities. “If anyone thinks I’ll allow another summer of (migrant) landings, without lifting a finger – that is not what I will be doing as minister of the interior.” Mr Salvini wants to dramatically speed up the repatriation of migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected. He aims to expel up to half a million unauthorised migrants.


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Putin says Russian frigates in Mediterranean on standby over Syria threat

Putin says Russian frigates in Mediterranean on standby over Syria threatRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria. The deployment shows how Russia has increased its military presence in the Middle East since it launched an intervention in Syria in 2015, turning the tide of the civil war in favor of its close ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia has in the past fired Kalibr cruise missiles from frigates and submarines stationed in the Mediterranean Sea at militant targets to support Syrian army offensives.


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