Muslim asylum seekers throw Christians overboard Mediterranean boat
Muslim asylum seekers throw Christians overboard Mediterranean boat

Italian police said Thursday they had arrested a group of African migrants after witnesses said they threw 12 passengers overboard following a row about religion on a boat headed to Italy.

Italy boat migrants top 2,500 in one weekend

 The Italian navy and merchant ships picked up more than 2,500 migrants from the Mediterranean over the weekend as the flow of refugees seeking to reach Europe rose again.

Italy boat migrants top 2,200 in one weekend

The Italian navy picked up more than 2,200 migrants from the Mediterranean over the weekend, in a blow to hopes that the ending of its naval search-and-rescue mission would stem the flow of refugees.

EU wants to help Italy with boat migrants, but not share burden

As EU ministers met Tuesday to discuss how to help Italy deal with thousands of boat immigrants washing up on its shores, the European Commission said the refusal of member states to be flexible on asylum requests was fuelling the crisis.

Italy navy rescues 2,600 boat migrants

More than 2,600 migrants were rescued by the Italian navy this weekend, authorities said on Monday, as police searched for new arrivals who landed by night on Sicily`s southern coast.

Italy to step up patrols in hope of saving migrants from shipwreck

Survivors of Friday`s wreck reported their vessel had been fired on as they left Libya, said Barbara Molinario, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Italy accepts boat migrants after Malta refuses

Italy has agreed to take in 102 migrants rescued from a leaking dinghy after Malta refused to admit them despite EU pressure.