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.

Malaysia PM calls for global support over migrant crisis

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday urged Japan and others in the global community to help tackle Southeast Asia`s migrant crisis, saying it requires "an international solution".

Saving migrant lives at sea `top priority`

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that saving the lives of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia should be a "top priority" as the region battles with an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty.

Indonesia believes most migrants at sea not Rohingya: Australia
Indonesia believes most migrants at sea not Rohingya: Australia

 Indonesia has told Australia that most of the migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia are illegal labourers from Bangladesh, not oppressed Muslim Rohingya, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in comments published Saturday.

Migrant surge puts Italy`s humanitarian instincts to the test

 With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

Malaysia seeks Myanmar help on migrant 'catastrophe'

Malaysia's prime minister said on Saturday he would seek help from Myanmar to address the unfolding "humanitarian catastrophe" involving a wave of boatpeople flooding to Southeast Asia, thousands of whom are ethnic Rohingya fleeing oppression in the mainly Buddhist country.

'Notorious' human traffickers killed by Bangladeshi police

Three people-smugglers accused of trafficking thousands of people were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police on Friday, officers said, days after dozens of migrant remains were found in Thailand.

Italy again calls for EU help after more migrant deaths

 Italy on Tuesday renewed its appeal to the EU for help in managing a relentless wave of migrant arrivals, after around 40 migrants died when their inflatable boat sank off the coast.

New warnings over "heartbreaking" Mediterranean migrant crisis

More than half the nearly 6,000 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend arrived in Italy Monday as aid workers warned of no end in sight to a "heartbreaking" crisis.

3 migrants die in boat capsize off Egypt

Three migrants drowned Saturday and 31 were rescued after a boat carrying illegal immigrants trying to reach Europe capsized off Egypt`s port of Baheira, security officials and state media said.

Squalid conditions on board Syrian migrant boat pictured

Packed in like cattle and huddled under blankets on the cold, bare floor, this is the scene aboard the Moldovan-flagged Blue Sky M cargo ship which people traffickers left drifting towards the Italian coast last week with 768 desperate Syrian migrants aboard.

Italy's second ''ghost ship'' rescue prompts EU pledge on migrants

A cargo ship abandoned by its crew with 359 Syrian refugees on board was towed ashore in Italy on Saturday in the second such rescue this week, prompting calls for stronger European Union action in the face of new tactics by human traffickers.

African migrant boat capsizes off Yemen, 70 dead

Yemeni security officials say a boat carrying African migrants has capsized off the country's western coast, killing 70.

Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya

A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying over 250 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital Tripoli.

Italy arrests five over migrant `massacre` at sea

Italian police have arrested five migrants accused of the grisly murder of scores of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reported.

Mediterranean migrant boat death toll rises to 30

The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday, as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel`s hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died.

Italian, Maltese rescuers say 19 dead on migrant boat

Italian and Maltese rescuers found 18 bodies on an overcrowded migrant boat on Saturday, with Italian officials blaming toxic fumes from the engine and the Maltese military saying there could have been a stampede.

Boat migrant death toll in Italy rises to 45

Rescuers recovering the bodies of migrants left to die in the suffocating hull of an overcrowded fishing boat said on Wednesday they have found 45 bodies, up from an expected toll of 30. 

Libya rescues 450 migrants on Europe-bound boats

A Libyan naval forces rescued 450 migrants off its coastline who were aboard a vessel making an illegal journey to Europe on Monday, a naval official said.