Migrants die trying to reach Italy

AS MANY as 700 migrants were feared dead yesterday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support. If the death toll is confirmed, it will bring to 1,500 the total number of people who died this year seeking to reach Europe – a swelling exodus that prompted Europe to downsize its seek and rescue border protection programme in a bid to deter them. French President Francois Hollande said the EU had to do more, saying that disaster prevention efforts needed “more boats, more over flights and a much more intense battle against people trafficking.”

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