More than 200 African refugees headed for Italy were rescued overnight by a Save the Children operation when their boat hit a storm near Libya. At least five drowned.
Eight migrants have died, scores rescued and dozens are missing after their rubber dinghy ran into trouble off the Libyan coast. One rescue charity said those picked up had been in the sea for several hours.
Parliament voted in favor of increased presence in North Africa and cutting the number of troops in the Middle East. Rome hopes to fight the human trafficking that has brought hundreds of thousands of migrants to Italy.
Every year, the bodies of migrants who die trying to cross the Mediterranean wash ashore in Tunisia. DW met the man who holds funerals for the deceased, giving them the respect often lacking during their lifetime.
The UN refugee agency said the 162 refugees were "vulnerable" and faced abuse in Libya. The UN hopes to find third-country homes for thousands of migrants stranded in Libya.
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