German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under heavy pressure at home to quickly strike deals with already heavily burdened EU frontline states such as Italy and Greece — or risk a political crisis that could bring down her government.
Seven refugees died off the coast of Libya on Sunday, according to the Italian coastguard, including an eight-year-old boy.
The French defence ministry said three of its employees were killed in the plane that was on a surveillance mission.
A wooden boat filled with men, women and many children, some of them without life jackets were rescued off the coast of Libya.
Some 4,000 refugees have been rescued in Strait of Sicily, Italy's coastguard says
New film by Italian director sheds light on refugee plight at Istanbul Film Festival
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