At least five migrants died off the Libyan coast after their boat capsized in a rescue operation. A German NGO and the Libyan coast guard are arguing over the deaths.
Spanish NGO says pregnant women among the dead and 167 people were found adrift off the coast of Libya. Meanwhile, EU member states extend Mediterranean rescue operation Sophia for 18 more months.
Amnesty International criticised the EU's decision to train Libyan coastguards in a report released on Thursday. A double-edged sword, the migrants risk death at sea, or human rights abuses if they are returned to Libya.
Seven refugees died off the coast of Libya on Sunday, according to the Italian coastguard, including an eight-year-old boy.
Rescue operations are underway, but those who have disappeared are "probably dead," a coastguard spokesman said.
The cargo ship sank off the coast of Misrata due to bad weather conditions.
European Union leaders offer Tripoli more money and other assistance to beef up its frontier controls.
The aircraft had been on an internal flight in Libya when it was diverted to Malta, 500 km north of the Libyan coast, after a hijacker told crew he had a hand grenade.
The latest people to be rescued will add to a total of some 132,000 migrants who have landed at Italy's southern ports so far this year, fleeing conflict, poverty or persecution and hoping to start new lives in Europe.
Four refugees found dead and nearly 1,000 rescued from boats in Mediterranean.
Favourable weather conditions have prompted a surge in departures of refugees from the Libyan coast.
Italian merchant ship resuces 26 refugees off Libyan coast, with dozens more people feared missing
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