The Latest: Spain says 72 migrants rescued at sea

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The Latest on Europe's response to migrant arrivals (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

Spain's maritime rescue service says its ships have saved 72 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in three small boats.

The agency says one rescue ship collected 10 migrants in the Strait of Gibraltar. A second operation then picked up 53 more migrants from another vessel, followed by third rescue ship saving nine more migrants.

The International Organization for Migration says Spain received about 3,850 migrants via sea crossings and rescues in 2015. Other migrants seek asylum in Spain via its North African enclaves, Melilla and Ceuta.


12:30 p.m.

Federal German police say crimes committed against asylum-seeker homes are so far down slightly in 2016, with 877 reported incidents over the first 11 months of the year.

The dpa news agency reported Saturday that compares with 1,031 incidents reported for all 12 months in 2015, a year in which Germany took in 890,000 asylum seekers.

Most of the incidents this year have been property damage, with 348 incidents reported, followed by 203 crimes classified as propaganda, and 151 acts of violence. Nearly 820 were classified as far-right crimes.

The Bundeskriminalamt says the numbers for both 2015 and 2016 could still change since many incidents are still under investigation.


11:50 a.m.

Austrian police say two refugees died and a third suffered serious injuries when they were run over by trucks being unloaded from a freight train where they had stowed away.

Police told the Austria Press Agency on Saturday that the two men and one woman apparently did not notice the trucks had started their engines and idled them at least 15 minutes before driving off the train in the Woergl station. They say the refugees were likely unconscious from the ice-cold overnight journey through the mountains from Verona, Italy.

Police say a man and a woman died, while another man was taken to a hospital in Innsbruck with serious injuries. Police did not release any details about the identity of the refugees.