Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Apr 24, 2015

Murder and abuse before deadly migrant crossing

Italian investigators are piecing together a picture of beatings and abuse that hundreds of Africans and Bangladeshis suffered before setting sail from Libya to Italy, only to drown late on Saturday in one of the worst migrant shipwrecks ever in the Mediterranean. Among the ...

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Apr 22, 2015

For migrants, Islamic State poses new threat

Tesfay Kidane’s troubles began with a simple request: He wanted to go to his brother’s wedding. Doing mandatory national service in the east African country of Eritrea, Kidane asked his commander for permission for a leave to attend the wedding. The request was denied, ...

Libya people smugglers may face targeted intervention: Italy

Apr 21, 2015

Libya people smugglers may face targeted intervention: Italy

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. “The hypothesis of military intervention (to stabilize Libya) is not on the table ...

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

Apr 20, 2015

Nations condemn new Islamic State massacre of Christians

The United States on Sunday condemned the “brutal mass murder” of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya after a video released by Islamic State militants purportedly showed their execution. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, described in text captions ...

Migrant deaths may shame EU over 'Fortress Europe' policy

| Apr 20, 2015

Migrant deaths may shame EU over 'Fortress Europe' policy

The outrage Europe’s leaders face over the deaths of hundreds of refugees trying to reach its shores may force a shift in a policy critics decry as letting people drown to deter others in desperate need. The moat that the Mediterranean forms between “Fortress ...

Apr 20, 2015

Migrant crisis prompts Italy call for emergency EU summit

Italy on Sunday called for an emergency summit of European Union leaders following the latest migrant boat tragedy in the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Rome would be seeking the extraordinary meeting after up to 700 people were feared to have drowned when ...