Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vessel capsized in the Mediterranean
Bangladeshi survivor tells Italian media that traffickers locked many passengers in the hold of doomed ship.
With the latest migrant boat carrying migrants capsizing in Mediterranean Sea on its way to Italy from Libya on Sunday, the EU foreign policy chief has said that a solution must be sought to avert further crisis.
More than 300 African migrants have already died attempting to reach Italy from North Africa this week.
The recent deaths at sea have reignited criticism of Italy's decision last year to end a full-scale search-and-rescue mission, known as Mare Nostrum, due to concerns over costs.
The official, requesting anonymity, said that 72 emigrants had been aboard the boat which sank
Some 348,000 people have risked their lives in perilous journeys worldwide and at least 3,419 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean.
Around 30 others, including a pregnant woman and eight children, were rescued after the vessel got into trouble south of Almeria
Security authorities in Yemen said the small boat sank due to high winds and rough seas off the country's al-Makha port.
Pope Francis called for a Europe that "revolves not around the economy but around the sacredness of the human person".
Thousands of migrants, including many Syrians fleeing a three-year civil war, have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean on rickety boats operated by human traffickers
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Amnesty said Frontex would need more resources and a clear search-and-rescue mandate before it could replace Mare Nostrum.
Turmoil in the Middle East and parts of Africa have sparked an exodus of desperate people trying to reach Europe
Earlier this month, as many as 500 migrants are believed to have died after traffickers rammed their ship off Malta's coast, leaving only nine survivors
Italian authorities sent boats to the scene and 55 people have been rescued, but survivors said there were around 95 people in total on the raft
At least 72 others have been rescued and taken to Alexandria by Egyptian Coast Guard forces as the search for other survivors continued, sources told Al-Quds newspaper.
A total of 124,380 boat people - largely fleeing war, violence and persecution, the agency says - have landed in Europe since January, many after being rescued by an Italian navy and coast guard
A further 364 migrants were rescued by navy and coastguard vessels after the fishing boat capsized
The deaths were reported shortly after a boat carrying up to 200 migrants sank one kilometre from the Libyan coast