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Some 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 23 found dead

Some 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 23 found dead

Rescuers pulled 700 boat migrants to safety in the Mediterranean and found 23 bodies during one operation on Friday, an Italian coastguard spokesman said, the second loss of multiple lives recorded in the area so far this week.

EU remains committed to Turkey migrant deal: commissioner

EU remains committed to Turkey migrant deal: commissioner

The European Union remains committed to a key border deal with Turkey that has led to a large drop in migrant flows to Europe, EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Thursday.

Italy arrests 7 in migrant-smuggling ring

Italy arrests 7 in migrant-smuggling ring

Italian police said Thursday that they had arrested seven people while breaking up a ring of smugglers who were ferrying migrants from Greece and Albania to Italy.

Tunisian navy rescues 100 migrants, hours after 8 drown

Tunisian navy rescues 100 migrants, hours after 8 drown

Tunisia's navy rescued almost 100 migrants from a sinking boat off its southeast coast late on Monday, authorities said, hours after eight people being smuggled to Europe drowned in the same stretch of water.

Merkel heads for German poll win, AfD set to get first seats

Merkel heads for German poll win, AfD set to get first seats

Surveys suggest Angela Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU alliance has a double-digit lead over its nearest rivals, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Martin Schulz.

Ship carrying migrants sinks off Turkish coast, kills four

Ship carrying migrants sinks off Turkish coast, kills four

Four people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off the Turkish coast in the Marmara Sea on Friday, the coast guard said in a statement.

More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya

More than 100 migrants missing after shipwreck off Libya

More than 100 migrants are missing after a shipwreck off the coast of western Libya, the Libyan navy said on Thursday.

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, as both countries struggle with a migrant crisis that has engulfed Europe in recent years.

MSF suspends Mediterranean rescues as migrant dispute mounts

MSF suspends Mediterranean rescues as migrant dispute mounts

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday it was suspending its migrant rescues in the Mediterranean because it felt threatened by the Libyan coastguard and the Italian government's policies have made its job harder.

6 drown after smugglers throw 180 migrants into Yemen sea

6 drown after smugglers throw 180 migrants into Yemen sea

Six migrants drowned and 13 went missing when smugglers forced 180 Ethiopian migrants off a boat bound for Yemen, a day after a similar incident left 50 dead, the International Organisation for Migration said.

Italy seizes NGO rescue boat for allegedly aiding illegal migration

Italy seizes NGO rescue boat for allegedly aiding illegal migration

Italian coastguards seized a migrant rescue boat operated by a German aid group in the Mediterranean suspected of aiding illegal immigration from Libya, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Italy begins naval mission to help Libya curb migrant flows

Italy begins naval mission to help Libya curb migrant flows

Italy began a limited naval mission on Wednesday to help Libya's coastguard curb migrant flows, which have become a source of political friction ahead of national elections expected early next year.