tiptrot.com June 28, 2017

Up to 245 missing after 2 Mediterranean shipwrecks

12 May 2017, 01:05 | Cedric Leonard

ALDEN WILLIAMS FAIRFAX NZ Almost 250 people are missing feared dead after two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

Almost 250 people are missing feared dead after two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean

The migrants, who were bound for Italy, were picked up off the western city of Sabratha.

Mr Grandi praised the efforts of rescue groups including the Italian coast guard, Frontex (the European Border and Coast Guard Agency) and non-governmental organisations, saying they had saved tens of thousands of lives. And an estimated 200,000 are expected to arrive in 2017.

"Europe needs a comprehensive and co-ordinated migration and refugee response that takes into consideration the right to seek asylum and provide legal and safe alternatives to the boat smugglers", he says, and adds that: "Safe returns or other options should be handled quickly and with dignity for those concluded not to be in need of global protection".

Seconds later, Kellie Osman, 21, from Sierra Leone, was shot by one of the smugglers.

Separately, police said three Nigerians were detained in Sicily on Thursday and face charges of allegedly killing, torturing and sexually assaulting other Africans while they were trapped in Libya awaiting a passage to Italy. Larger wooden boats carrying several hundred migrants are rarer.

Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France's Socialist party "is dead" and that he wants to run under the banner of President-elect Emmanuel Macron's political movement in June's parliamentary elections.

Small bulldozers could be seen Friday clearing up the now-empty warehouses by the Belgrade bus station that have become a symbol of the migrant plight.

It highlighted the confusion in the crowded waters as desperate migrants try to reach a better life and authorities scramble to deal with the chaos.

Germany has launched a new website created to help encourage migrants to return voluntarily to their home countries.

More than 6,000 migrants have set off on boats into the Mediterranean since late last week, bringing the total this year to more than 43,000, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Germany is trying to speed up the asylum process for those likely to be allowed to stay like Syrians fleeing war, and quickly return home those with little hope of asylum.

Other News

Trending Now

Kangana Ranaut's "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi" Poster Released in Varanasi
So, I consider it a stroke of luck that I'm doing it", she says. "I will focus on being a filmmaker", Kangana told a web portal. The actress, before the big launch event, visited the Kashi Vishwanath Temple to seek blessings for her upcoming flick.

Trump makes puzzling claim about Andrew Jackson, Civil War
Historians with more academic experience than Trump have indeed asked this question about the Civil War often. Trump: 'He had a very, very mean and nasty campaign. "And unfortunately, it continues", the president said.

Rajnath holds review meeting with CMs in Maoist-affected states
Singh also said the Maoists could not be dealt with only by force but by long-term and short-term solutions. He also called for increased use of technology in security operations and to counter left-wing extremism.

Atheist Group Fights Religious Executive Order
President Trump's executive order does not exactly change that but instead looks to weaken the government's enforcement of the law.

I'm glad I sent Arsenal fans home happy, says Mourinho
It was the first time in Premier League history that Arsene Wenger had defeated the Portuguese, at the thirteenth attempt. Somehow, the Premier League needs to find a way to bring back the tension, unpredictability and quality, of seasons past.

Tech athletics programs continue to excel in NCAA Academic Progress Rate program
On a sport-by-sport basis, the Marshall football program's multi-year score of 968 is above the national average of 966. This year's multi-year rate was an improvement over the previous year for the fourth consecutive year.

Higuain rescues draw for Juventus against 10-man Torino
Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was also sent off when he ran on to the pitch to confront the referee about Acquah's sending off. Napoli moved two points clear of Roma, who slipped into third, ahead of their match with AC Milan on Sunday.

Matt Harvey Apologizes, Admits To Being Out 'Past Curfew'
He even contacted the team to say he would be absent. "He certainly remembers it", Mets manager Terry Collins said of Familia. NY also claimed lefty Tommy Milone off waivers from Milwaukee — he was 1-0 with one save and a 6.43 ERA.

China's Xi hails ties with Philippines as Duterte cools on US
McMaster to quickly contact his counterparts in Seoul and assure them the United States would shoulder the costs. America's human rights record has never been flawless and contradictions in USA foreign policy are nothing new.

India to take part in Champions Trophy, says board
The COA had prevailed over the members on the need to select the squad for the tournament without prejudice to the BCCI. The BCCI's use of the Champions Trophy as a bargaining chip with the ICC had come in for criticism.