Israel has deported about 20,000 African migrants and asylum-seekers since 2012
As of mid-November, nearly 90,000 Ethiopians and over 17,000 Somalis had crossed the Gulf of Aden since January 1, according to the UN refugee agency.
The 17 men and one woman found dead were from at least eight countries including Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Guinea.
More than a quarter of French Africans feel discriminated against in their workplace in France.
U.N. officials said Niger was the first country in the region to pass a law specifically against the smuggling of migrants.
Forty migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean, with remaining survivors saying that the drownings occured as a result of the rubber boats exploding.
A boat carrying 80 refugees broke down while carrying 80 African refugees off the southeast coast of Tunisia
Twenty eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, 120 miles south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa
Refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa regularly risk the hazardous journey between Libya and Sicily to reach the European Union.
Rome's coastguard command centre organised rescue operations, which started early this morning after it received a distress call by satellite phone
Migrants spent about 18 hours in cold and sea spray. Deaths stoke controversy over abandoned sea rescue mission
Six bodies were found washed ashore on Morocco's Boukana beach, close to a Spanish enclave that is a regular destination for migrants earlier on Friday.
A cargo ship carrying more than 900 illegal migrants docked in the Italian port of Gallipoli after being abandoned by its crew a day earlier.
The migrants were rescued in four separate operations involving ships from Italy and other countries over the past four days in the waters between North Africa and Sicily.
Around 30 others, including a pregnant woman and eight children, were rescued after the vessel got into trouble south of Almeria
The dead apparently succumbed to hypothermia and dehydration in one of three boats found south of the island of Lampedusa
Benhabyles said the migrants would be airlifted to the southern province of Tamanrasset before they are asked to cross the border back into Niger
Even with five warships on permanent patrol in the waters between Sicily and North Africa -- backed up by helicopter, plane and drone surveillance -- about 3,300 migrants have died attempting the crossing this year
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The source said the 400 migrants, who came from sub-Saharan Africa, had attempted to destroy a barbed-wire fence separating Morocco's northeastern province of Nador from the city of Melilla