Aid group says Italian supply ship rescues 200 migrants

Migrants disembark from the humanitarian rescue ship Ocean Viking after it docked at the port of Pozzallo, in Sicily, southern Italy, on Oct. 30, 2019. The migrants were rescued off Libya on Oct. 18. On Nov. 1, the rescue vessel Asso Trenta also saved some 200 migrants in waters off Libya. (Francesco Ruta/ANSA via AP)
Updated 03 November 2019

Aid group says Italian supply ship rescues 200 migrants

ROME: A private aid group says an Italian offshore supply ship has saved some 200 migrants in waters off Libya.
Alarm Phone, a charity hotline for refugees in distress in the Mediterranean Sea, says the Asso Trenta has the migrants aboard after rescue late Friday and early Saturday.
It was not immediately known where the migrants might be taken.
To discourage the arrival of migrants, Italy has refused docking to humanitarian rescue ships. Asso Trenta is a commercial vessel.
On Saturday, the Alan Kurdi, operated by a German charity, was sailing to a southern Italian port with 88 rescued migrants. Italy gave it docking permission followed pledges by four fellow European Union countries to take 67 of the migrants, while Italy will take the remaining 21.


Afghanistan’s Ariana airline boss denies reports one of its planes crashed

Updated 27 January 2020

Afghanistan’s Ariana airline boss denies reports one of its planes crashed

  • Earlier, three senior Afghan government officials said one of the state-owned airline’s planes had crashed in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province

KABUL: Ariana Afghan Airlines’ acting CEO Mirwais Mirzakwal on Monday denied reports by Afghan officials that one of its planes had crashed.

“There has been an airline crash but it does not belong to Ariana because the two flights managed by Ariana today from Herat to Kabul and Herat to Delhi are safe,” Mirzakwal told Reuters.

Earlier, three senior Afghan government officials said one of the state-owned airline’s planes had crashed in Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province.

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