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Migrants wait to disembark from the rescue ship Aquarius in the Sicilian harbor of Catania, Italy, on May 27. This past weekend the ship picked up more migrants, but was turned away from ports in Sicily and the nearby country of Malta. Now it will head for Spain instead. Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters hide caption

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In a separate incident, a rubber dinghy began sinking as it crossed the Mediterranean on Saturday. Migrant advocates say there is an "undeniable trend of tragedy in the Mediterranean." Laurin Schmid/SOS Mediterranee/AP hide caption

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Garbage lies north of Beirut in 2017, after it washed away from a nearby seaside dump. Beirut and its suburbs generate some 3,000 tons of garbage per day. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Environmentalists Warn Of Mediterranean Pollution From Lebanon Land Reclamation

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Judge Daniela Monaco Crea reads the sentence on Tuesday in the trial against ship captain Mohammed Ali Malek and crewmate Mahmud Bikhit in the April 2015 shipwreck off Libya that killed 700 people. Salvatore Cavalli/AP hide caption

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A migrant holds onto a rope during a rescue operation some eight nautical miles off Libya's Mediterranean coastline earlier this month. Aris Messinis /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Flight deck crew members position F/A-18 jet fighters for a launch from the USS Truman aircraft carrier stationed in the eastern Mediterranean. The crew members wear different colored jerseys to identify their tasks. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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Even As It Heads Home, Aircraft Carrier Plays Key Role Fighting ISIS

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