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200 Rescued When Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Italy

Up to 50 people thought to be dead

(Newser) - About 50 people are dead, including 10 children, after another boat carrying migrants to Italy capsized today in the Channel of Sicily, ANSA reports. (The AP's death toll is at 27.) It could have been far worse: Officials estimate that 200 of the 250 migrants on board have... More »

Italy Detains Alleged Shipwreck Captain

He'll face charges for deadly migrant boating disaster

(Newser) - Italian police have detained the man they believe was piloting the ship full of immigrants that capsized last week , and are considering charging him with manslaughter or even murder for the many killed in the incident. Khaled Bensalam, 35, has been arrested and expelled from Italy in the past for... More »

Italy Pulls 32 More Bodies From Shipwreck

Brings death toll to 143 in sinking of boat off Lampedusa

(Newser) - Italian divers today recovered 32 more bodies of migrants who died when a fishing boat with some 500 people onboard sank within sight of the tiny island of Lampedusa. Italy's integration minister, Cecile Kyenge, watched as soldiers transferred body bags from boats and onto trucks to be brought to... More »

At Least 94 Dead, Hundreds Missing in Sicily Shipwreck

Boat was carrying some 500 migrants from Africa

(Newser) - A ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and capsized off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa today, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. At least 94 bodies have been recovered so far, and 159 people rescued, but more than 200 people are unaccounted for. Pietro Bartolo,... More »

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