Despite massive protests from animal protection activists, Malta has voted to continue the controversial springtime hunt of migratory birds. As a result, many thousands of migratory birds might once again be killed over the skies of Malta.
Rome had threatened to return the 177 migrants to Libya amid a standoff with Malta over who should take them. Local media reports suggested it would take some negotiations before the migrants are allowed to disembark.
The threat comes amid a standoff with Malta over the fate of 177 migrants rescued by Italy in Maltese waters. Returning migrants to an "unsafe" Libya could pose legal troubles for Rome.
The Aquarius vessel operated by a Franco-German aid group has arranged to dock in Malta. The 141 rescued migrants on board will be distributed among five EU member states, with support from the European Commission.
The Aquarius vessel operated by a Franco-German aid group is seeking a port where it can safely disembark with rescued people. An Italian minister has suggested the UK should take responsibility.
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