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Heinz Fischer

The Latest: Cyprus crews rescue 26 people from boat

The latest as tens of thousands of people flood into Europe in search of a new life. All times local.

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Cyprus' defense minister says crews have rescued 26 people believed to be asylum seekers after receiving a distress call from a boat that was spotted about seven miles (11 kilometers) off the southeastern tip of the east Mediterranean island.

Christoforos Fokaides said authorities believe all those who were aboard the boat late Tuesday have been picked up. A sweep of the area by the German destroyer Hyane didn't locate anyone in the water.

Fokaides said rough weather conditions hampered the rescue operation mounted by helicopter and patrol boat...