20 Somalis found guilty of migrant trafficking by Italian court

Apr 28, 2015

20 Somalis found guilty of migrant trafficking by Italian court

A court in Sicily on Monday convicted 20 Somalis who had received political asylum in Italy of a role in a vast criminal organization focused on migrant-smuggling. Prosecutors in Catania said that the defendants were part of an international migrant-smuggling ring that demanded “large ...

1,500 migrants adrift in Mediterranean rescued by Italy in one day

Apr 6, 2015

1,500 migrants adrift in Mediterranean rescued by Italy in one day

Some 1,500 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy in five different boats were rescued in one day, Italian coast guard officials said Sunday. Four coast guard vessels and an Italian navy ship intervened Saturday to save three large boats carrying migrants off ...

Mar 13, 2015

Islamic State leader accepts allegiance of Nigeria's Boko Haram

The leader of the Islamic State militant group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq has accepted a pledge of allegiance from Nigerian Islamists Boko Haram, his spokesman said in an audio message transmitted on Thursday. “Our caliph, God save him, has accepted the ...

Mar 11, 2015

Spain neutralizes jihadi cell planning attacks, police say

Police neutralized a jihadi terror cell Tuesday with the arrests of two people who were part of a larger group allegedly planning to carry out attacks in Spain and other European countries, the Interior Ministry said. The latest suspects are Spaniards of Moroccan origin, ...

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy

Feb 12, 2015

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean migrant boat tragedy

More than 300 migrants are feared drowned after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, triggering calls for the world to act after the latest boat disaster in a perilous crossing from Africa to Europe. The victims were mainly from sub-Saharan Africa who had ...

Mar 17, 2014

North Africa dust boosts monsoons

Desert dust from North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula stimulates monsoon rains over India, said a study Sunday suggesting that desertification from global warming may boost these seasonal downpours. Analysis of satellite data showed that dusty conditions in North Africa and West Asia were ...

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

Jan 24, 2014

Ceasefire agreement is signed by South Sudan government, rebels

South Sudan’s government and rebels signed a ceasefire deal Thursday that leaders hope will put a pause to five weeks of warfare that has killed thousands of soldiers and civilians. The peace deal represents the first real progress since political friction turned violent Dec. ...