Mediterranean Sea disasters swallow up over 1,000 migrants

GENEVA (AP) — The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy has claimed the lives of over 1,030 migrants in the last week, mostly as barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.

  • Written by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Mediterranean shipwreck survivors haunted by cries of kids

POZZALLO, Sicily (AP) — It was the cries of children — and the moment they decided they must save themselves — that haunt the survivors of a shipwreck that claimed hundreds of lives.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

Military veteran finds a mission nursing fellow vets at VA

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nursing assistant Tom Alligood wears camouflage scrubs during his emergency room shifts at the Dorn VA hospital because he says it helps other veteran patients realize they've "walked over the same dirt," the 62-year-old former Army tanker says.

And he doesn't just mean the desert sands of Iraq.

  • Written by SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press

Bleaching kills third of coral in Great Barrier Reef's north

SYDNEY (AP) — Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists said on Monday.

  • Written by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press

Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The economic slowdown gripping countries across the Persian Gulf can be seen in layoffs, slowed construction projects and government cutbacks. For the millions of foreign workers drawn by brighter job prospects, it can have a far-darker side if they find themselves deep in debt.

  • Written by JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press