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Apr 24, 2015

Tunisian accused in migrant boat disaster appears in Italian court

CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) – The presumed captain of a migrant boat that sank off Libya with the loss of more than 700 lives appeared before an Italian judge on Friday after prosecutors asked that he be charged with homicide and people-trafficking.

Mohammed Alì Malek, 27, has denied that he was in charge of the heavily overloaded fishing boat that capsized shortly before midnight on Saturday with hundreds of African and Bangladeshi migrants locked in its lower decks.

Apr 23, 2015

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) – Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Italy, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean.

Among the testimonies prosecutors have gathered from 28 survivors are recollections of several people being beaten to death by people-traffickers in a Tripoli farmhouse as they waited to set sail. One man was killed when he stood up on a rubber dinghy without permission, the prosecutors said.

Apr 22, 2015

Italian prosecutors blame captain for collision in migrant shipwreck

CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) – Italian prosecutors blamed the captain of a grossly overloaded fishing boat for a collision which capsized and sank his vessel off Libya, drowning hundreds of migrants including many women and children locked below deck.

The few survivors of Sunday’s tragedy told investigators how the African and Bangladeshi migrants, among hundreds of thousands trying to escape war and poverty, had waited up to a month in Libya before the boat set sail for Europe. One said he had suffered a beating at the hands of people traffickers.

Apr 21, 2015

Prosecutors blame captain for causing deaths in migrant shipwreck

CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) – Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vessel capsized in the Mediterranean, in the weekend shipwreck that has shocked Europe.

Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, arrested under suspicion of multiple homicide, had steered his severely overloaded boat into a collision with a merchant ship that was coming to its rescue.

Apr 21, 2015

Migrants’ bodies brought ashore as EU proposes doubling rescue effort

CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels making the journey from the north coast of Africa to Europe.

Apr 20, 2015

Shipwrecked bodies brought ashore, EU proposes doubling rescue effort

CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG April 20 (Reuters) – The European
Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and
rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought
ashore of some 900 people feared killed in the deadliest
shipwreck while trying to reach Europe.

Three other rescue operations were underway on Monday to
save hundreds more migrants in peril on overloaded vessels
making the journey from the north coast of Africa to Europe.

Apr 20, 2015

EU meets on migrant crisis as shipwreck corpses brought ashore

VALLETTA/CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers gathered in Luxembourg on Monday under pressure to produce more than words as bodies were brought ashore in Malta among hundreds feared drowned in the latest Mediterranean migrant tragedy.

The death toll from Sunday’s shipwreck off the coast of Libya was uncertain after officials said there had been at least 700 people on board, some reportedly locked in the hold.

Apr 19, 2015

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya

ROME (Reuters) – As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in one of the worst disasters seen in the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said on Sunday.

Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, an Italian coast guard official said.

Apr 12, 2015

Italy pins hopes on Milan Expo after corruption, delays

MILAN (Reuters) – Three weeks before the Milan Expo opens on May 1, the site of the showpiece event is still a mass of trucks raising dust and workers in hard hats racing to finish building after delays, graft and cost overruns.

Italy has had four different governments in the seven years since Milan was chosen to follow the 2010 Shanghai Expo and has undergone its most severe economic crisis since World War Two.

Mar 21, 2015

Wales head to World Cup with no fear, says Gatland

ROME (Reuters) – Wales’s “outstanding” 61-20 destruction of Italy in the Six Nations on Saturday has left them with no fear heading into this year’s World Cup, coach Warren Gatland said.

Wales humiliated Italy with a seven-try second-half blitz at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, giving themselves a outside chance of clinching the Six Nations trophy on points difference before Ireland dashed their hopes with a 40-10 win over Scotland.