Over 550 migrants rescued off Italy, five found dead: MSF

More than 550 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean arrived in Sicily on Monday aboard a ship operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which also carried the bodies of five people who died at sea.


Greece says boat with 150-200 migrants located adrift in Mediterranean
Greece says boat with 150-200 migrants located adrift in Mediterranean

Greek authorities say a boat carrying 150 to 200 migrants has been located adrift in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and two merchant ships have reached it to offer help or evacuate the vessel if necessary.

First victims of deadliest migrant shipwreck given funeral in Italy
First victims of deadliest migrant shipwreck given funeral in Italy

Italy held a funeral service on Tuesday for 13 migrants who died in the worst shipwreck in the Mediterranean in recent history, while the navy continued its search for other victims of the disaster.

Trafficker jailed for 18 years over Italy migrant boat disaster

 A Tunisian people smuggler who survived one of the worst migrant boat disasters in the Mediterranean was given an 18-year jail sentence on Wednesday.

Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean this year: UN
Record 137,000 refugees, migrants crossed Mediterranean this year: UN

 A record 137,000 people made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe in the first half of 2015, most of them fleeing war, conflict and persecution, the United Nations said Wednesday

Mariah Carey, James Packer on Mediterranean sailing trip
Mariah Carey, James Packer on Mediterranean sailing trip

Mariah Carey and Australian billionaire James Packer continued to show off their new romance while visiting Portofino, Italy.

Over 3,700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean: Italian coastguard

Ships patrolling the Mediterranean have plucked more than 3,700 migrants from overcrowded and unsafe boats in the last two days, Italy`s coastguard said on Tuesday.

Norwegian, Danish ships rescue nearly 1,000 migrants
Norwegian, Danish ships rescue nearly 1,000 migrants

 A Norwegian ship rescued more than 600 migrants from two wooden boats on Monday in the southern part of the Mediterranean, the Norwegian police said on Twitter.

Mediterranean migrant crossings to Europe top 100,000 in 2015: UN

More than 100,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year, the United Nations said Tuesday in what it called a "dramatic increase" in arrivals.

Nearly 3,500 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

 The 3,480 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday by ships from Italy, Germany and Ireland are arriving in Italy, where they will receive medical assistance before being transferred to detention centres, officials said.

Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000

Italy`s wealthy North vowed Sunday that it would refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more were rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships.

Royal Navy rescue to take Italy migrant arrivals to 50,000

 The number of migrants landed in Italy this year after being rescued at sea is set to top 50,000 by Monday after another frantic weekend for the multinational flotilla of boats trying to prevent more drownings in the Mediterranean.

British warship launches rescue of at least 500 migrants in Mediterranean

A British warship in the Mediterranean launched a mission to rescue at least 500 migrants on Sunday, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

More than 2,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, operations ongoing

More than 2,000 migrants were rescued from five wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Saturday and as many as seven other vessels have been reported at sea, the privately funded Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Italy`s coastguard said.

More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows

More than 4,200 migrants trying to reach Europe have been rescued from boats in the Mediterranean in last 24 hours, the Italian coastguard said on Saturday.

UN chief says `other ways` than military to tackle migrant crisis

 UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday there were perhaps "other ways" than proposed EU military action to stop smugglers from shipping migrants over the Mediterranean to Europe.

EU border agency expands migrant rescue operation

The EU`s border agency said Tuesday it will expand its search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean to help cope with an upsurge in migrants trying to reach Europe, after UN chief Ban Ki-moon called on Europe to do more.

Gambian migrants undeterred by horrors of Med crossings

Despite warnings from shipwreck survivors and the international community, Gambians are refusing to abandon dreams of a new life in Europe even if it means risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean aboard rickety boats.

Activists denounce Africa`s silence over migrant drownings

Despite cries of alarm from European politicians over the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean, African leaders have been silent over an issue they fear underlines their weak governance, say campaigners.

French patrol boat rescues 297 migrants off Italian coast

A French Navy patrol ship rescued 297 migrants from a fishing boat in the southern Mediterranean on Wednesday, French police said, the latest in a stream of more than 50,000 migrants to have entered Europe by sea this year.