World Bulletin/News Desk
Italian coastguards rescued more than 350 African migrants off the small Italian island of Lampedusa over the weekend as they tried to reach European shores on rickety wooden boats, a coastguard official told Reuters on Sunday.
Last year tens of thousands of refugees and would-be migrants arrived in Lampedusa during the upheavals in North Africa, setting off a crisis that threatened to overwhelm the tiny island, but the flow has eased this year.
Coastguards rescued 231 people from sub-Saharan Africa on Saturday from a 15 metre wooden boat, including 33 women and four children, a coastguard official said.
Later on Saturday coastguards launched another rescue operation, this time involving 126 Tunisians who were on board a 10-metre-long wooden boat, the official said.
The migrants were taken to a reception centre on the island and were going through an identification process and screening to see if they had rights to asylum, he said.
Italy has borne the brunt of a wave of clandestine seaborne migration from Africa to southern Europe that has reached crisis proportions at times in the past few years.
Most migrants risk the dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea in small, overcrowded fishing boats, and thousands have died as a result of shipwreck, harsh conditions at sea or lack of food and water.
Lampedusa lies south of Sicily and about 130 km (80 miles) east of Tunisia, the closest point on the north African coast.
It's claimed that the United States has transferred the mercenaries of Blackwater, used in the occupation of Iraq, to Kobani
According to the Haaretz, EU ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen is set to relay the message to Israel in the few coming days.
The detainees were moved to a detention center run by the internal security agency (Shin Bet) for interrogation
Hasi met Turkey's special envoy for Libya, Emrullah Isler, in Tripoli, Hasi's government said on its website
A spokesperson says Kobani may still fall to the ISIL despite U.S. airstrikes and arm supplies to the Kurdish militia.
Tunisia is slated to hold legislative elections on October 26, to be followed by presidential polls on November 23.
Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendleman described allegations about plans by the Knesset to debate a bill about dividing the holy site between Muslims and Jews as "baseless".
The Philippines has said it expects to get custody of Pemberton once he is formally charged in court and any trial begins.
Senior administration officials said that, based on discussions with the Iraqis, U.S. officials are looking at where advisers can be helpful, and whether there is more they can do in terms of training.
North Korea made it a condition of Fowle's release that the U.S. government transport him out of the country.
Anyone flying to the United States from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa must enter through one of five airports screening for the disease
Protesters were unhappy about what they felt was a lack of substantive concessions from the government officials and they dug in their heels.
Iran has repeatedly cited signs of what it calls foreign plots to sabotage its nuclear programme
African leaders gave the rebels six months in July to disarm and either be repatriated to Rwanda or transferred to a transit camp in Congo while they await resettlement in a third country.
Ban planned to move quickly on setting up the investigation.
Khamenei spoke while receiving new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at his residence.