A video image released by the Italian coast guard of a rescue operation of 397 migrants on Saturday. Photograph: AFP/Guardia Costiera

More than 6,000 migrants were rescued at sea over the weekend, with Italy’s coast guard summoning Italian and French naval boats, merchant ships and (...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: Opponents have claimed his confidence vote method is the same one used by fascist dictator Mussolini. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Despite opposition from within his own Democratic Party (PD), Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi ploughed ahead with his ambitious reform programme (...)

Pope Francis and United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon at the Vatican on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis and UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon shared their concerns about both migration and climate change during an informal, half-hour meeting (...)

A rescued migrant  at the Sicilian port of Catania yesterday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s boat people crisis continued apace yesterday as yet another vessel carrying migrants landed in the port of Catania. On a bright sunny Sicilian(...)

A migrant (right) prepares to put on a pair of new shoes after disembarking at the Sicilian harbor of Catania. Some 220 migrants who were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya on Wednesday were taken to the Sicilian port of Catania early on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As EU leaders were preparing for an emergency summit in Brussels today to discuss Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, another boatload of migrants was (...)

Photograph released by Italian Police office of Ragusa, Sicily, shows a Turkish flagged yacht used by smugglers to transport migrants. Photograph: AP 1:00

The arrival in Ragusa, Sicily, on Tuesday night of a 25m-long luxury yacht sailed by three Syrians, with 98 Syrians and Palestinians, including 23 chi(...)

African and Asian migrants play soccer at a migrant detention center in Mineo. This former residential base for American naval personnel in Sicily now mainly houses migrants from sub-Saharan Africa. Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

It is a bit like when you are driving through the Irish countryside on a quiet Sunday. You are in the thick of rural life when you come around a bend (...)

Mohammed Ali Malek (centre, rear), one of two survivors of Saturday’s migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of trafficking, watching the bodies being disembarked, at Senglea in Valletta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi /Reuters

Two men have been arrested over last weekend’s boat disaster off the coast of Libya that caused the deaths of between 700 and 900 people.When Italia(...)

Mohammed Ali Malek, one of two survivors of Saturday’s migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of people trafficking, is seen watching bodies of dead migrants being disembarked from the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti, at Senglea in Valletta’s Grand Harbour. Photograph: Reuters

Two men have been arrested over last weekend’s boat disaster off the coast of Libya that caused the deaths of between 700 and 900 people.When Italian(...)

The Italian Coast Guard ship Gregoretti, which carried 27 survivors, including the two men arrested, from the shipwreck. Photograph: Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images 1:15

There was unexpected drama in the port of Catania, Sicily on Monday night as two of 27 survivors of last weekend’s boat people tragedy were immediatel(...)