Nine dead, 22 rescued as boat carrying migrants sinks off Sicily

The UN migration agency said the boat had set sail from Tunisia and had been carrying Tunisian and west African migrants. Vessels from the coastguard and customs police had reached the vessel, which overturned in rough seas about six nautical miles from the coast of Lampedusa.

Oct 07, 2019, 16:16 PM IST

Melania Trump's pricey jacket draws attention in Sicily

The burst of color in the US first lady's wardrobe came after a steady dose of mostly black and white during President Donald Trump's inaugural overseas tour.

May 27, 2017, 23:19 PM IST

Boat with 512 migrants, seven corpses aboard reaches Sicily

An Italian coastguard vessel docked in Sicily's western port city of Trapani on Monday with 512 migrants and the bodies of a further seven on board.

May 15, 2017, 20:50 PM IST

Over 1,000 migrants rescued in 48 hours from Mediterranean

More than 1,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea during several operations, and many more are expected to attempt the perilous journey as winter ends.

Feb 23, 2017, 22:30 PM IST

Italy recovers 2015 sunk migrant boat, hopes to ID victims

The Italian navy has raised from the seafloor the migrant ship that sank off Sicily last year with an estimated 700-800 people aboard in one of the worst known tragedies of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

Jun 30, 2016, 01:06 AM IST

Migrants rescued off Sicily are not Syrians, says UN

There were hardly any Syrian migrants among the 800 people rescued off Sicily, contrary to earlier reports from Italy`s coastguard, the UN and the International Organization for Migration have confirmed.

May 14, 2016, 14:00 PM IST

Sicilian mafia “declares war” on migrants, as Italian city resembles more like “Beirut than Europe”

According to MailOnline, Cosa Nostra is desperate to maintain supremacy after the African crime gangs, which arrived with the migrants, are engaged in a deadly turf war.

Apr 23, 2016, 17:13 PM IST

4,000 migrants rescued in Strait of Sicily in two days: Italy coastguard

Some 4,000 migrants have been rescued from boats in the Strait of Sicily between Tunisia and Italy in the past two days, Italy`s coastguard said.

Apr 13, 2016, 00:31 AM IST

`Africans slashed, Arabs thrashed` by migrant traffickers

Knife-wielding traffickers sealed migrants into the hull of a boat which sank off Libya, condemning them to drown after slashing or thrashing them depending on their ethnicity, according to survivor testimony reported on Friday.

Aug 07, 2015, 22:32 PM IST

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.


Aug 04, 2015, 04:42 AM IST

Mafia, murderers and other malefactors: Sicily for policemen

With the Cosa Nostra (the original Mafia) in Sicily, the Camorra in Naples and the Campania region, the 'Ndrangheta in Calabria among others, Italy is a fertile source for crime fiction - especiall

Jul 26, 2015, 13:24 PM IST

More than 1,300 migrants brought to Sicily

 More than 1,300 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and Syria, arrived in Sicily on Saturday, after having been picked up in the Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said.

Jul 26, 2015, 02:00 AM IST

Italy PM under fire as min probed in mafia migrant scandal

Italy's premier today rebuffed opposition demands that he sack a junior minister who is being investigated in a burgeoning scandal over mafia involvement in centres for newly-arrived migrants.

Jun 07, 2015, 06:08 AM IST

Video of migrant ship sunken off Libya shows hundreds of bodies

A navy video of the corpse-filled interior of the sunken fishing boat that capsized last month off Libya coupled with survivor testimony make plausible fears that some 800 smuggled migrants died in the shipwreck, prosecutors in Sicily said on Friday.

May 15, 2015, 23:56 PM IST

Italy reports 3,600 migrant rescues in two days

Almost 3,600 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded boats sailing from Africa to Europe over the past 48 hours, Italy said on Thursday, with sea conditions seen as perfect for attempting the crossing.

May 15, 2015, 01:00 AM IST

Italian fishing boat seized near Libya, apparently by pirates

A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said on Friday.

Apr 17, 2015, 16:23 PM IST

'41 missing' in new migrant boat tragedy in Mediterranean: Reports

At least 40 migrants have drowned and many have been reported missing after another boat carrying refugees sank in the Mediterranean on Thursday, BBC quoted Italian media as reporting.

Apr 16, 2015, 19:40 PM IST

At least 10 dead as migrant boat sinks off Sicily

A boat transporting migrants has capsized off Sicily, killing at least 10 people, while scores were rescued, the Italian coastguard said on Wednesday.

Mar 04, 2015, 17:07 PM IST

At least 10 dead after migrant boat sinks off Italy

A boat transporting migrants has capsized off Sicily, killing at least 10 people while 121 were rescued, the Italian coast guard said Wednesday.

Mar 04, 2015, 14:33 PM IST

Immigrant hospitality boosts Sicily economy, Mafia `cash in`

Asylum seekers washing up by the thousands in recession-hit Sicily are boosting the local economy as hotels transform into immigrant centres, with help from state subsidies said to have caught the Mafia`s eye.

Nov 19, 2014, 12:23 PM IST