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Italian prosecutors blame captain for collision in migrant shipwreck

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CATANIA, Italy - Italian prosecutors blamed the captain of a grossly overloaded fishing boat for a collision which capsized and sank his vessel off Libya, drowning hundreds of migrants including many women and children locked below deck. | Video

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Libya stops boats packed with hundreds of migrants leaving for Europe -official 1:11am BST

TRIPOLI - Libya has stopped several boats packed with Africans trying to reach Italy's shores in the past three days, detaining more than 600 immigrants, a security official said on Tuesday.

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Italian prosecutors blame captain for collision in migrant shipwreck 12:10am BST

CATANIA, Italy - Italian prosecutors blamed the captain of a grossly overloaded fishing boat for a collision which capsized and sank his vessel off Libya, drowning hundreds of migrants including many women and children locked below deck. | Video

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Libya stops boats packed with hundreds of migrants leaving for Europe -official 12:10am BST

TRIPOLI - Libya has stopped several boats packed with Africans trying to reach Italy's shores in the past three days, detaining more than 600 immigrants, a security official said on Tuesday.

U.N. urges Europe to put asylum at centre of migrant debate 21 Apr 2015

GENEVA - The U.N. refugee agency on Tuesday urged European leaders to put the protection of migrants at the centre of debate over the crisis in the Mediterranean and to do more to help Greece and Italy cope.

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Italian opposition step up fight against Renzi's electoral reform 21 Apr 2015

ROME - Resistance to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's proposed reform of Italy's electoral law hardened on Tuesday when opposition parties walked out of a parliamentary committee intended to discuss the changes.

Bodies from migrant boat disaster brought to Malta 20 Apr 2015

VALLETTA/CATANIA, Italy - An Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta on Monday with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean, in one of the worst disasters yet in a growing humanitarian crisis.

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Hundreds drown off Libya, EU leaders forced to reconsider migrant crisis 19 Apr 2015

PALERMO, Italy - As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis.

Italian navy takes back fishing boat seized near Libya 17 Apr 2015

PALERMO, Italy - Italian navy personnel on Friday boarded a Sicilian fishing boat and took custody of a Libyan soldier on board after the vessel was seized overnight off the coast of the North African state, the defence ministry said.

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ECB sets up Italy for long-awaited bounce in debt maturity 17 Apr 2015

LONDON - Italy is likely to increase the average life of its debt this year for the first time since 2010 as European Central Bank bond purchases push yield-hungry investors towards riskier long-term debt.

Saudis end air campaign in Yemen, seek political solution

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday it was ending a month-long campaign of air strikes against the Houthi rebels who seized large areas of Yemen and said it would back a political solution to bring peace to its war-ravaged neighbour.