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MADRID, Sept 23, 2018 (MENA) - Spain’s maritime rescue service said it has saved over 440 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa, ABC News reported.

The service said it pulled 447 people from 15 small boats intercepted by its rescue craft on Saturday. Except for one dinghy carrying 12 people found near the island of Mallorca, the rest were rescued off Spain’s southern coast.

Nearly 300 migrants have died in waters separating Spain and Africa so far in 2018, according to the United Nations, and over 1,600 have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean.

A recent spike in migrant arrivals in Spain has strained public services, and the Spanish government has faced further pressure since Italy refused to let humanitarian boats dock with migrants they have rescued from the sea.

CAIRO, September 16, 2018 - Minister of Higher Education and
 Scientific Research Dr Khaled Abdel Ghaffar left for Spain on Sunday to take part in a conference organised by the University of Salamanca, a Spanish higher education institution, in the city of Salamanca, West of Madrid.

The king and queen of Spain are attending the conference, entitled “University Traditions in the light of a Changing World”, which began its activities on Sunday.

Also attending are a number of world university presidents, higher education representatives and policy-makers from international universities, especially those in Europe.

The conference, which will end on Wednesday, marked the thirtieth anniversary of the signing of the University Traditions Document in Spain.

The event is aimed at upgrading the higher education sector and enabling education representatives, officials and policymakers in all sectors to overcome the challenges facing the higher education system.

Minister Abdel Ghaffar is scheduled to address the conference and will speak about the challenges facing universities at present.

On the sidelines of the conference,
the minister will meet a number of university presidents, higher education and scientific
research officials and managers of
world educational programmes attending
the conference.

MADRID, Sept 16, 2018 (News Wires) - Spain's Mario Mola clinched his third straight World Triathlon Series men's title after finishing second in the final race on the Gold Coast in Australia on Sunday.

Frenchman Vincent Luis won the race in 1:44:34, 14 seconds ahead of Mola, while South Africa's Richard Murray finished third.

"It has been a great season and finishing with a second place behind my training partner -- it was a great race," Mola said.

"I'll try to make it four in a row next year and it's in my hands to come back next year and be better."

Mola, who won the junior world title on the Gold Coast nine years ago, joined compatriot Javier Gomez as the only men to have won three consecutive world titles.

The 28-year-old finished with 6,081 points in the overall standings, 1,021 clear of second-placed Luis. Australian Jake Birtwhistle was third with 4,884, followed by Murray with 4,792.

Twice Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee was handed a 15-second penalty for failing to go around a buoy during the swimming.

The penalty was then upgraded to a disqualification and the Briton opted against an appeal, despite continuing with his race.



VIENNA , Sept 14, 2018 (News Wires) - The European Union's border agency said on Friday the number of migrants crossing the western Mediterranean Sea into Spain more than doubled in the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2017.

Frontex said in a statement on Friday that from January to August it recorded "some 29,600 irregular border crossings on the western Mediterranean route, more than double the figure from a year ago." Some 6,500 people reached Spain last month, also more than double the figure for August 2017.

Most people were from Morocco, Guinea and Mali.

Frontex said that, more broadly, the number of people crossing the entire Mediterranean fell by 40 percent from last year to around 86,500.

This was due to a sharp drop in people leaving strife-torn Libya for Italy, a main migrant route to Europe in recent years.

Austria's interior minister says the European Union's migration commissioner is prematurely "throwing in the towel" on the idea of setting up centers for migrants in North Africa.

EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos was quoted in Austria's Die Presse newspaper late Thursday as saying the idea of slowing the flow of migrants to Europe by establishing holding centers was "practically impossible."

Avramopoulos says "no country in this part of the Mediterranean has accepted the establishment of such a platform to date."

Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl on Friday, before meeting with his EU counterparts and Avramopoulos, called the comments a "bad signal," saying the message should be "let's try to take on this hard task."

He says: "The idea is roughly two months old and ... the EU commissioner's already throwing in the towel."

MADRID, September 12, 2018 (News Wires) - Spain smashed six goals past Croatia, with Marco Asensio sparkling in a dominant performance from Luis Enrique’s side against the World Cup runners-up.

The visitors actually started the better of the two sides, spurning a couple of early opportunities. From then on, though, Spain were rampant. Saul Niguez scored his second goal in as many goals to opening the scoring, powering home a header from an outside-of-the-boot Dani Carvajal cross.

Asensio struck Spain’s second, lashing home a finish from 25 yards, before forcing a third, finding the back of the net via the crossbar and the back of Lovre Kalinic in the Croatian goal. There was a fourth goal for Rodrigo after the break, with Sergio Ramos and Isco adding a fifth and sixth respectively.

This result means Enrique’s tenure as Spain manager has started in impressive fashion, with two wins from two in the Nations League. But it wasn’t just the result, but the manner of the performance which will cause the rest of European football to sit up and take note.

Poland 1 Republic of Ireland 1

Mateusz Klich’s late strike denied the Republic of Ireland a morale-boosting victory after what has been a tumultuous week for Martin O’Neill’s side.

Following a 4-0 loss to Wales in Cardiff, build-up to the match in Wroclaw was dominated by a leaked Whatsapp audio message, which saw Stephen Ward describe a row between assistant Roy Keane and players Jonathan Walters and Harry Arter.

Ireland boss O’Neill was forced to play down Ward’s version of events as he sought to focus on the Poland friendly, in which he made six changes.

An experimental Ireland side took the lead eight minutes into the second half, with Millwall forward Aiden O’Brien heading in from Callum O’Dowda’s cross on his debut.

Their lead was not to last, however, with Klich playing a neat one-two with Arkadiusz Milik before slotting it home.

Potugal 1 Italy 0

Andre Silva netted the game's only goal as Portugal beat Italy 1-0 in their Nations League clash at the Estadio da Luz with Pepe earning his 101st international cap.

Silva popped up to score in the 48th minute and Roberto Mancini's men had no response as Portugal closed out a hard-fought win.

Portugal were the better team and could have won by more, with Gianluigi Donnarumma making a super save from Bernardo Silva after he had earlier seen a deflected cross hit his crossbar.

But the night belonged to Portugal's legendary defender Pepe as the captain was honoured for his century of international caps before the match - albeit on the occasion of his 101st.

It was perhaps fitting for the 35-year-old that his side did such a superb job protecting their slender advantage.

MADRID, Sept 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Spain coach Luis Enrique said he made a mistake by not initially calling up Iago Aspas for the UEFA Nations League fixtures against England and Croatia.

Celta Vigo striker Aspas replaced Diego Costa in the squad after the Atletico Madrid forward was released for personal reasons.

Aspas impressed as Spain beat England 2-1 at Wembley in League A Group 4 on Saturday.

Spain host World Cup runners-up Croatia in Elche on Tuesday and Aspas is poised to start again.

“You have an idea of what you expect from someone and after the training session he shows you that he's something else,” Luis Enrique said.

“I recognise my error. I thought he had a good game, I saw him train well. I'm open to change. The team comes before anything else.”

The coach would not reveal his line-up but said his players do not look tired after overcoming England.

Croatia's midfield boasts Real Madrid's Luka Modric, one of the three finalists in Fifa's The Best awards, and Ivan Rakitic, who worked under Luis Enrique at Barcelona.

However, the Asturian coach says Barca's Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world.

“If I talk about Croatia I would talk about Modric and Rakitic,” he said. “If I have to talk about the best in the world, that's Leo Messi.”


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