Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean seek safe ports Jan 28, 2020 0 90 12345 In the central Mediterranean: Nearly 500 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by two boats run by aid agencies were looking for safe ports in Malta and Italy, the groups said on Monday.The Ocean Viking, a rescue vessel run by SOS Mediterranee in partnership with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) was carrying 407 people rescued in a total of five operations carried out over 72 hours.Another 78 people were taken on board the Alan Kurdi, run by the Sea-Eye organisation based in Germany. They were rescued in two operations.Sea-Eye tweeted Sunday that the Alan Kurdi was headed for Italy after Malta refused them a safe port.“Ocean Viking has rescued 184 men, women and children in distress... on two inflatable rafts,” off the Libyan coast, MSF tweeted.They pulled 82 of them out of the water in a zone normally covered by the Maltese authorities, they added. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Real number of Wuhan coronavirus cases is 25,000, says HK expert Jan 28, 2020 0 1500 Global alarm grows as China’s capital Beijing reports first virus death, raising toll to 82 Jan 28, 2020 0 441 Bolton book revelations roil Trump impeachment trial Jan 28, 2020 0 297 Billie Eilish dominates the Grammys as music world mourns Kobe AFP Los Angeles Pop iconoclast Billie Eilish cleaned up at the Grammys on Sunday, winning five awards, as the music world mourned the loss of LA’s hometown basketball hero Kobe Bryant with a series of emotional tributes. .. WHO corrects China virus global risk level to ‘high’ Geneva: The World Health Organization on Monday admitted an error in its assessment of the global risk of a deadly virus in China, saying it was “high” and not “moderate”. The Geneva-based UN health agency said in a .. Pakistan’s police arrest activist critical of military Islamabad: Police in Pakistan have arrested an activist whose fierce criticism of the military’s alleged connection with Islamist militants brought thousands out to public rallies, in a rare challenge to the army’s .. UK unveils new visa scheme for scientists after Brexit afp London Britain on Sunday announced a new fast-track visa scheme for top scientists, researchers and mathematicians as it prepares a new immigration system for life outside the European Union. Prime Minister Boris .. At least 44 dead in Brazil floods, risk of further landslides Buenos Aires: Devastating floods and landslides in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state have killed at least 44 people, the country’s emergency services said on Sunday. Another 19 people were missing and others injured by the .. France asks US to keep up ‘critical’ military support in West Africa Washington: France on Monday asked the United States to keep supporting its operations against Islamist extremists in West Africa, after the New York Times reported that the US is considering pulling out of the region. .. US confirms Afghanistan jet crash; no evidence of Taliban shoot-down DPA Kabul/Washington The US has confirmed a military plane crashed in Afghanistan on Monday, but rejected claims by the Taliban that the insurgent forces downed the jet. “A US Bombardier E-11A crashed today in Ghazni ..