MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local):
The 49 rescued migrants who were stranded at sea since last month will be brought to Malta and then distributed among eight European Union countries.
The deal, announced by Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, breaks a stalemate that began after 32 were rescued by a German aid group’s vessel on Dec. 22. The other 17 were rescued on Dec. 29 by a different aid boat. Both Italy and Malta have refused to let private rescue ships bring migrants to their shores.