Italy reacts after Italian schoolbus hijacking

The day after Italian police rescued 51 schoolchildren who had been taken hostage on their schoolbus, parents want answers as to how the bus driver, who doused the vehicle in petrol and set it alight, was given his job. Driver Ousseynou Sy, a 47-year-old Italian citizen of Senegalese origin, carried out the hijacking apparently in protest at migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Jailed migrants forced to navigate Mediterranean by traffickers

Jailed Senegalese migrant Cheikhaya Dieng and Ivorian migrant Fofana Lamine recount how they were forced by people smugglers to navigate boats across the Mediterranean after which they were arrested as traffickers by the Italian police.

Rescued Sea Watch migrants arrive in Sicily

The 47 migrants aboard the Sea Watch 3 are checked in and registered by the Red Cross, UNHCR and the police as they arrive in the Sicilian port of Catania. The Dutch-flagged ship, which had been waiting off the coast of Sicily with people it pulled to safety in the Mediterranean on January 19, was finally given permission to anchor in Catania after six other countries agreed to take them in.

Sea Watch rescue ship approaches Sicilian coast

Migrants aboard Sea Watch are hopeful as the rescue ship approaches the Sicilian coast, despite Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini insisting that the country’s ports are closed to migrants. The Dutch-flagged vessel, which is operated by the German charity Sea Watch, picked up 47 migrants and asylum-seekers — including eight minors — six days ago off the coast of Libya as they made the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.

Tiny killer threatens giant clam, aquatic emblem of the Med

With wing-shaped shells lined with iridescent mother-of-pearl and producing the fibres of rare and delicate sea silk, the noble pen shell clam is one of the most emblematic species in the Mediterranean and a bellwether for marine environmental health. But the giant mollusc is under mortal threat from a parasite that has ravaged populations since it was identified along Spanish coasts in 2016.

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Death toll from 2015 migrant shipwreck far higher

(20 Dec 2018) Nearly four years after the worst migrant shipwreck in Mediterranean history, relatives in Africa are still waiting for news of their loved ones. Two forensic detectives are on a quest to identify the hundreds of migrants killed. (Dec. 20)

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Death toll from 2015 migrant shipwreck far higher

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Migrants keep crossing Strait of Gibraltar despite bad weather

30 years ago, a migrant’s body washed up on the coasts of Andalusia in southern Spain for the first time. Now, its popular beaches are regularly the scene of death and drama. So far this year, close to 53,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Spain, with nearly 700 losing their lives. And that figure continues to rise as the arrival of seasonal bad weather fail to deter those desperate to reach Europe.