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Germany angers Turkey with attempt to police Libya arms embargo

BERLIN/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey protested to Germany and the EU on Monday after German forces belonging to an EU military mission boarded and tried to search a Turkish cargo ship that they suspected of taking weapons to Libya illegally.

Soldiers from the frigate Hamburg, part of an EU mission enforcing a U.N. arms embargo, boarded the Roseline A overnight but withdrew after Turkey raised objections with the EU mission, which had ordered the search, the German Defence Ministry said.

Turkey released footage showing armed men in military uniform marshalling sailors with their hands on their heads on the bridge of what it said was the Roseline A, at sea southwest of the Greek Peloponnese peninsula.

The incident comes at a time of friction between Turkey and the European Union. The EU’s foreign policy chief has said ties are reaching a “watershed moment” over Turkish oil prospecting in waters claimed by

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Europe migrant crisis: Scores die in shipwreck off Libya

Migrants queue for food aid. Libya is a major transit point for attempts to reach Europe. File image
Migrants queue for food aid in Tripoli. Libya is a major transit point for attempts to reach Europe. File image

At least 74 migrants have died after the ship carrying them was wrecked off the coast of Libya, the UN says.

Rescuers managed to bring 47 survivors to shore, staff from its International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said.

Libya has been a major transit point for migrants from many countries trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean.

The IOM says at least 900 people have drowned on this route this year, with another 11,000 returned to Libya, where it says they face detention and abuse.

Five migrants died on Wednesday and 100 were rescued when their boat capsized off the Libyan coastal town of Sabratha, not far from the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Migrants have also died trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands from West African shores. Some 140 drowned

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