European Union leaders have agreed on a plan to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea from Libya. The EU will boost training, equipment and support for Libya's coast guard and step up efforts to disrupt people smuggling routes.
EU-backed agreements between Italy and Libya have reduced the number of migrants reaching EU shores. But the cost has been "unimaginable horrors," according to the UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.
The European Union is upping the pressure on countries that don't take back rejected asylum-seekers by making it harder to obtain visas, a newspaper reported. The threat has already resulted in a deal with Bangladesh.
Malta's most prominent investigative journalist has been killed in a car bombing, sending shockwaves across the European Union. She was well known for her work linked to the Panama Papers offshore banking revelations.
The Council of Europe has warned Italy that it risks violating European law if it returns migrants intercepted to Libya. Italy has inked deals with Libyan authorities and militias to stem the migrant flow.
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