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Desperate African refugees pay to get into Libyan jails – UNHCR

]African refugees in Libya are so desperate some bribe their way into detention centres in the hope of being resettled out of the war-torn,...

More than 135,000 refugees reached Europe by sea in 2015’s first...

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More than 135,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea in the first half of 2015, with most of the...

Italy begins to recover hundreds of migrant bodies from shipwreck

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Italy's navy said on Monday it had begun to recover the bodies of up to 800 migrants from a fishing boat that...

EU to launch limited naval operation against migrant-smugglers

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The EU is set to launch a naval mission on Monday against gangs smuggling migrants from Libya but it will be limited...

International flotilla rescues 5,900 from Mediterranean in a weekend

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An international rescue fleet plucked almost 5,900 migrants from rickety boats making the perilous sea crossing for North Africa to Europe on...

More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows

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More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian...

African migrants risk all in Sahara to reach Europe

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In a sandy compound in the Niger desert town of Agadez, a white-turbaned imam blesses a circle of African migrants, some of...

Italy says over 900 migrants rescued at sea, one dead

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More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian...

French patrol boat rescues 297 migrants off Italian coast

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A French Navy patrol ship rescued 297 migrants from a fishing boat in the southern Mediterranean on Wednesday, French police said, the...

EU agrees Mediterranean naval mission to tackle people smugglers

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The European Union agreed a naval mission on Monday to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya but parts of a broader plan...

Desert as deadly as sea for surge of Europe-bound migrants

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At least as many migrants may be dying of hunger and thirst in the Sahara as are drowning in the Mediterranean during...

Italy reports 3,600 migrant rescues in two days

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Almost 3,600 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded boats sailing from Africa to Europe over the past 48 hours, Italy said on...

Around 6,800 migrants rescued, baby girl born on Italian navy ship

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Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing to Europe over the weekend, including a mother who gave birth to a...

ISS: South Africa joins the EU in the dogbox for abusing...

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The European Union (EU) has been widely condemned for its neglect of the growing number of people trying to cross the Mediterranean...

Italy says 200,000 migrants may arrive by sea this year

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As many as 5,000 migrants a week could arrive in Italy by sea from North African ports in the next five months...

Shocked by drowned migrants, Europe restores rescue mission

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Four days after up to 900 desperate people drowned trying to reach Europe from Libya, EU leaders agreed on Thursday to triple...

EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to...

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The EU is considering sending warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers but fears that could encourage more...

Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to reconsider migrant crisis

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As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to...

Italy’s migrant crisis intensifies with murder arrests, drownings

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Italian police arrested 15 African men suspected of throwing about a dozen Christians from a migrant boat in the Mediterranean on Thursday,...

Mediterranean migrant smugglers ‘violent and audacious’

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Many migrants who survive the perilous sea crossing to Europe from North Africa are physically and sexually abused by the smugglers who...

Panic on Med migrant boat pitched hundreds to their deaths

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Hundreds of people desperate to be rescued from a packed migrant boat in the Mediterranean pushed to one side when they saw...

400 migrants die in shipwreck off Libya, survivors say

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About 400 migrants died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya when their boat capsized, survivors said on Tuesday, the latest...

More than 5,600 boat migrants rescued off North Africa in past...

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At least nine people died when an overcrowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of Libya and 144 more were rescued, the...

Italy rescues 1,500 migrants at sea in less than 24 hours

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Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours,...

EU sea mission braces for record year of Mediterranean migrants

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With migration across the Mediterranean surging, the European Union's largest border operation is bracing for a record year of arrivals by sea,...

Ten migrants die in Mediterranean, 1,100 rescued

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At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while more than a thousand more...

Ten migrants die in Mediterranean accident

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Ten migrants trying to reach Italy died when their boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean, Italy's Sky TG 24 television said on...

Record flow of migrants likely this year: EU border chief

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A record number of migrants look set to flow into Europe this year, with human traffickers becoming increasingly aggressive as they take...

Spanish court accuses officers in case of refugees who drowned

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A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 law enforcement officers of using disproportionate force against African refugees who were trying to swim...

About 300 migrants probably died at sea in recent days

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An estimated 300 people probably died after attempting to reach Italy from Libya in three inflatable rafts, the UN refugee agency said...

At least 25 migrants die after being picked up at sea

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At least 25 migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels after being picked up from an inflatable boat adrift near...

Six migrants drown off Morocco near Spanish enclave

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At least six people drowned off Morocco after a boat carrying them sank close to a Spanish enclave that is a regular...

Malta rescues 80 migrants, 20 feared dead

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A Maltese patrol boat rescued about 80 migrants in a drifting dinghy off the island early on Thursday, but another 20 people...

Italy rescues another abandoned migrant ship

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A ship carrying hundreds of migrants has been abandoned by its crew in rough seas in the Mediterranean off Italy's south coast...

Seventy Ethiopian migrants drown off Red Sea coast of Yemen

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At least 70 Ethiopians drowned when a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea...

Greece tows migrant-packed ship to safety off Crete

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A Greek frigate has towed a disabled cargo ship packed with 700 migrants to safety just off the island of Crete on...

Italy to end sea rescue mission that saved 100,000 migrants

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Italy said on Friday it would close a sea rescue mission that has saved the lives of more than 100,000 migrants from...

As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

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More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week,...

EU to launch mission to help Italy cope with boat migrants

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The European Commission said on Wednesday it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with...

More than 250 migrants may have died in shipwreck off Libya

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More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard...

More than 50 migrants hurt in clashes at French port

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More than 50 people were injured, one seriously, on Tuesday when clashes broke out among African migrants gathered at France's northern port...

Mediterranean boat people numbers soar to near 100,000 this year

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Almost 100,000 boat people have made the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe this year, a roughly 60 percent increase on...

Italy rescues 1,800 migrants over weekend, five bodies recovered

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Italy's navy said it rescued nearly 1,800 migrants in overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, and a merchant ship recovered...

Italy says 19 boat migrants die, thousands rescued this week

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Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from...

Italy rescues more than 1700 boat migrants in three days

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Italy's search and rescue mission saved more than 1,700 migrants in the Mediterranean in the past three days and found one person...

Italy in talks with EU to share responsibility for boat migrants

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Italy is in talks with other European Union states about sharing the burden of rescuing migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats...

Italy rescues more than 2,600 boat migrants over weekend

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Italy's search and rescue mission saved more than 2,600 migrants from boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend, the navy said on...

Eighty-one more migrants reported dead or missing on sea route to...

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Migrants arriving on boats in southern Italy say 81 other people travelling with them have died or gone missing during their sea...

Around 30 migrants found dead on boat near Sicily

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As many as 30 migrants were found dead on a boat packed with people off the coast of Sicily, said Italy's navy...

Italy to push EU to lead sea mission to rescue migrants

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Italy will ask the European Union next week to take over responsibility for rescuing migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from...