“Greece rescues 77 migrants in Aegean Sea,” from the Associated Press (reposted by the Washington Post):
The Greek Coast Guard rescued 77 migrants Wednesday in two boats trying to travel from the nearby Turkish coast to Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea.
The migrants were picked up in separate incidents before dawn near the island of Chios, the agency said. No information was immediately available on the migrants’ nationalities.
Greece is a major entry point for people, mostly from war-ravaged countries in the Middle East and Africa, seeking a better life in the 28-nation European Union. They often pay smuggling gangs to ferry them to Greek islands, frequently risking their lives in unseaworthy craft…