For the second time in a week, Malta has detained a humanitarian vessel that normally rescues boat refugees off the coast of Libya, where two shipwrecks have claimed the lives of as many as 200 people in recent days.
Ships in the Aquarius aid convoy docked Sunday at the Spanish port of Valencia, ending a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people who were rescued from the perilous Mediterranean only to become the latest pawn in Europe's battle over immigration.
Caspian littoral states have decided to establish a unified regime for state control of ships in ports by analogy with the Black and Mediterranean seas, the Ministry of Investment and Development of Kazakhstan said in a message on Monday.
Iran announced that a second ship with a major wheat consignment for Afghanistan arrived in the southeastern port of Chabahar which is gradually emerging as a key transit point in a corridor bypassing Pakistan.
Iran's Roads and Urban Development Minister Abbas Akhoundi underlined the need to activate the International North-South Corridor in the eastern and western parts of the Caspian Sea and asked Moscow to facilitate the issuance of permits for Iranian vessels to ply in Russian waters.
Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel on Tuesday to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm.