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Bin Laden allies suspected of Vatican plot arrested in Italy

Rome - Italian police said Friday they had dismantled an Islamist network they have linked to Osama bin Laden, one of Pakistan's deadliest attacks and, more loosely, a possible plot to bomb the Vatican.

Pakistan says botched strike highlights dangers of US drone war

Islamabad - Pakistan said Friday the botched US drone attack that killed two foreign hostages showed the risks of the controversial tactic, as details came to light apparently pinpointing the fatal strike.

Obama takes blame for strike that killed hostages

Washington - President Barack Obama said he took "full responsibility" on Thursday for the accidental killing of an American and Italian hostage during an apparent drone strike on an Al-Qaeda compound in Pakistan.

Med shipwreck survivors describe terror on dry land

Catania - People smugglers responsible for the Mediterranean's worst disaster in decades beat several migrants to death and executed at least one minor before the boat left Libya with more than 750 people aboard, survivors have told investigators.

Military response to migrant crisis unworkable and wrong: experts

Paris - Calls have mounted for a military response to the Mediterranean migrant crisis, but experts say such plans are totally unworkable and mark an attempt to militarise what should be a purely humanitarian problem.

Why the Mediterranean death toll is surging

Catania - As the boats get ever more rickety, the numbers crammed on to them increase and the chances of catastrophe get higher.

Mediterranean migrants could surge to 500,000 this year: IMO chief

Singapore - The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean could surge to 500,000 this year, with deaths at sea reaching thousands if no action is taken against the people who traffic them, the head of the UN's maritime agency warned Wednesday.

Boat skipper facing charges over migrant disaster

Catania - The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which 800 people are feared to have drowned is set to be charged with causing the Mediterranean's deadliest disaster in decades.

Mediterranean migrant deaths soar 'exponentially': IOM

Ginebra - Some 1,750 migrants have perished in the Mediterranean since the start of the year, a 30-fold increase over the same period last year, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

Skipper of sunken migrant boat held after 800 died in tragedy

Catania - Italian police on Tuesday arrested the captain and first mate of a boat involved in the Mediterranean's deadliest disaster in decades on suspicion of murder, causing a shipwreck and involvement in illegal immigration.

800 dead after Sunday's Mediterranean migrant shipwreck: UN

Catania - The United Nations refugee agency has confirmed 800 migrants died in a shipwreck off Libya on Sunday after speaking to survivors of the disaster.

Will latest migrant drama prod Europe into action?

Brussels - EU nations have long had the recipes for managing migrant flows and sharing out the burden of illegal migration but have lacked the political will for action despite multiple dramas in the Mediterranean, critics say.

EU unveils migrant action plan as more boats in distress

Luxembourg - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini unveiled plans Monday to tackle a growing migrant crisis after telling member states they had "no more excuses" not to act as fresh distress calls rang out in the Mediterranean.

'Callous' EU policies turn Med into 'vast cemetery': UN

Ginebra - The Mediterranean is turning into a "vast cemetery" because of soaring migrant deaths, the UN human rights chief said on Monday, as he strongly condemned "callous" EU migration policies.

EU Commission proposes 10-point migrant crisis action plan

Luxembourg - The EU unveiled a 10-point action plan Monday to stem the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean after the latest disastrous loss of life, promising to step up both control and rescue operations.

Italy mulling 'targeted interventions' against Libya people smugglers

Rome - Italy is studying the possibility of mounting "targeted interventions" against Libya-based people smugglers behind a huge surge in the numbers of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Monday.

Sinking boat in Med raises distress call, 'at least 20 dead'

Ginebra - The International Organization for Migration said Monday it had received a distress call from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean carrying more than 300 people, with at least 20 people reported dead.

Merkel says 'everything' to be done to avoid migrant disasters

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that "everything" would be done to prevent more migrants dying in the Mediterranean in the quest for a better life in Europe.

'Disgrace': EU under media fire after new migrant horror

Paris - Newspapers across Europe furiously called on the EU on Monday to act once and for all as the continent reeled from the shock of yet another migrant disaster -- the deadliest on record in the Mediterranean.

Operations to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Rome - Several operations have been launched to rescue migrants making the perilous journey to European shores from North Africa.The biggest was Mare Nostrum, which was scrapped by Italy in late 2014.

'No more excuses', EU warns as another migrant boat sinks

Luxembourg - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told European nations Monday they had "no more excuses" not to act on the migrant crisis as another boat with 300 people onboard issued a distress call from the Mediterranean.

EU told to act over migrant horror in Mediterranean

Rome - European Union ministers headed into crisis talks Monday under pressure to act over people smuggling as Italian and Maltese authorities grappled with the grim aftermath of the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant disaster.

Ex-Italian premier Enrico Letta quits parliament

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Enrico Letta announced Sunday he will resign from parliament for a job heading up the international affairs school at the elite Sciences-Po university in Paris.

Under-pressure EU mulls emergency summit after migrant tragedy

Brussels - EU president Donald Tusk was considering Sunday an emergency summit on illegal immigration, as European leaders called for action after more than 700 were feared to have drowned in the Mediterranean's deadliest migrant disaster yet.

Italy calls for emergency EU summit on migrant crisis

Rome - Italy on Sunday called for an emergency summit of European Union leaders following the latest migrant boat tragedy in the Mediterranean.

Turin shroud goes on show to public

Turin - The Turin Shroud, one of Christianity's most celebrated and hotly-debated relics, went on display to the public on Sunday for the first time in five years.

700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Rome - As many as 700 migrants were feared drowned Sunday after their packed boat capsized off Libya in what was described as the deadliest such disaster to date in the Mediterranean.

One million booked for Turin shroud's return to public view

Turin - The Turin Shroud goes on display for the first time in five years on Sunday with more than a million people already booked in to view one of Christianity's most celebrated relics.

Sicilian hotel offers first refuge for migrant survivors

Canicattini Bagni - In the green hills of southeastern Sicily, the Don Bosco Oasis hotel is turning tourists away this season.

Pope urges global response to Italy boat people crisis

Rome - Pope Francis on Saturday urged the international community to act over a deadly surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy via perilous sea crossings from north Africa.
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