28 Aug 2015

More than 300,000 refugees crossed Mediterranean in 2015

“The number of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean so far this year has exceeded 300,000, the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday. Of those, almost 200,000 landed in Greece and 110,000 in Italy. By comparison, in 2014, a total of 219,000 people crossed the Mediterranean.” Source: More than

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28 Aug 2015

Migrant crisis: Libya boats sink off Zuwara carrying hundreds

“Hundreds of people are feared dead after two boats carrying about 500 migrants sank off Libya, officials say. The first boat, which capsized early on Thursday, had nearly 100 people on board. The second, which sank later, was carrying about 400 passengers. Rescuers have pulled 82 bodies from the water

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27 Aug 2015

China, Russia Land 400 Marines in First Joint Pacific Amphibious Exercise

“Chinese and Russian forces conducted a first-ever joint amphibious exercise landing 400 marines on Russia’s Pacific Coast about 300 miles away from Japan’s home islands, according to a description of the exercise and photographs released from the Chinese Ministry of Defense on Wednesday.” Source: China, Russia Land 400 Marines in

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23 Aug 2015

Italian navy rescues 4,400 migrants off Libya coast

“The Italian navy organized the rescue of around 4,400 migrants in waters off the Libyan coast on Saturday, prompted by requests for help received from nearly two dozen boats, in one of the biggest multi-national operations so far.” Source: Italian navy rescues 4,400 migrants off Libya coast | Reuters

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20 Aug 2015

Hamas ‘seizes Israeli spy dolphin’ off Gaza

“Hamas claims to have captured a dolphin being used as an Israeli spy off the coast of Gaza, local media report. The militant Palestinian Islamist group, which dominates Gaza, says the mammal was equipped with spying devices, including cameras, according to the newspaper Al-Quds (in Arabic).” Source: Hamas ‘seizes Israeli

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15 Aug 2015

European migrant crisis: Dozens ‘suffocate’ in boat off Libya

“More than 40 migrants have died in an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy has said. Many others were saved as the boat was intercepted off Libya. The navy said the rescue was continuing.” Source: European migrant crisis: Dozens ‘suffocate’ in boat off Libya – BBC News

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13 Aug 2015

Chinese diplomat outlines limits to freedom of navigation

“China respects freedom of navigation in the disputed South China Sea but will not allow any foreign government to invoke that right so its military ships and planes can intrude in Beijing’s territory, the Chinese ambassador said.” Source: Chinese diplomat outlines limits to freedom of navigation

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13 Aug 2015

Netherlands Deploys First Ocean-Going Patrol Vessel Against Somali Pirates

“The Royal Netherlands Navy is deploying the Zr. Ms. Groningen ocean-going patrol vessel (OPV) to the Somali coast to participate in the European Union’s Operation Atalanta counter-piracy mission. It is the first time one of the Netherlands’ four OPVs is being deployed in the counter-piracy role.” Source: Netherlands Deploys First

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12 Aug 2015

US Navy Ships to Move to Vietnam for Asia’s Largest Annual Humanitarian Mission

“From August 17-28, U.S. Navy ships will be in Vietnam for the annual U.S.-led Pacific Partnership mission, the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific region. Pacific Partnership, led by the U.S. Navy in partnership with other like-minded countries and non-governmental organizations, sees

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12 Aug 2015

European migrant crisis: Italy navy rescues 50 from dinghy

“Italy’s navy says it has rescued 52 migrants from a sinking rubber dinghy in the Mediterranean, but about 50 others are missing. A warship was able to pick up about half of those on board. Another two people were rescued after being spotted clinging to a floating barrel.” Source: European

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