Cyprus picks up 21 Syrians from drifting boat

An Open Arms lifeguard gives a thumbs-up to a migrant at the other end of a rubber boat in the Mediterranean Sea, June 30, 2018. (AP)
Updated 08 October 2018

Cyprus picks up 21 Syrians from drifting boat

  • Police said a merchant vessel spotted the smaller boat south of Cape Greco
  • A police patrol boat was dispatched to pick up the people on the drifting boat

THESSALONIKI, Greece: Cyprus authorities say 21 Syrian migrants were picked up from a boat that was drifting off the Mediterranean island's southeastern tip.
Police said a merchant vessel spotted the smaller boat south of Cape Greco on Monday morning and notified Cypriot authorities.
A police patrol boat was dispatched to pick up the people on the drifting boat and to take them to the port in Larnaca for processing.
Cyprus has appealed for the European Union's help in handling an increasing number of arriving migrants. Cypriot officials say they can barely keep up with asylum applications.


Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, and increse tariffs on Turkey

Updated 4 min 14 sec ago

Trump to issue sanctions, stop trade deal, and increse tariffs on Turkey

  • President vowed to "destroy" the Turkish economy

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday said that in response to Turkey's incursion into Syria he will soon issue an executive order authorizing sanctions against current and former Turkish officials, stop negotiations with Turkey on a $100 billion trade deal, and boost tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent.

In a statement in which he vowed to swiftly destroy the Turkish economy if it continues down "this dangerous and destructive path," Trump also said that U.S. troops coming out of Syria will redeploy and remain in the region to monitor the situation.

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