EU ministers discuss migrant crisis as shipwrecked bodies brought ashore




 
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April 20th, 2015  
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Topic: EU ministers discuss migrant crisis as shipwrecked bodies brought ashore


By James Mackenzie and Robin Emmott CATANIA, Italy/LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - EU foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words to save migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as the first bodies were brought on shore of hundreds feared killed in a shipwreck while trying to reach Europe. Malta's Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said as many as 900 people may have died off the coast of Libya when a large boat capsized, by far the highest death toll in modern times among migrants trafficked in rickety vessels across the Mediterranean. Italy and Malta were working to rescue another two migrant boats with around 400 people off the coast of Libya on Monday. Hundreds of kilometers (miles) to the east, coast guards were struggling to save scores of migrants from another vessel destroyed after running aground off the Greek island of Rhodes.




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