Belongings of dead migrants recovered off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Hani Amara/Reuters

Prosecutors in Sicily detained 10 people on suspicion of smuggling and murder for allegedly cramming dozens of migrants into the airless hold of a boa(...)

A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast on Thursday and officials said up to 200 might have died. Photograph: Reuters/Hani Amara

Libya has recovered 105 bodies after a boat packed with migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea, saying that almost 100 more people were missing and fe(...)

A container with the bodies of migrants is unloaded from the Swedish coast guard ship “Poseidon” in Palermo on Wednesday following a rescue operation in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Marcello Paternostro/Getty Images

A boat packed with migrants sank off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara on Thursday and officials said hundreds may have died. A security official in (...)

Migrants wait in Catania harbour in Italy after being rescued by the Italian coast guard on August 26th, 2015. Photograph: Dario Azzaro/AFP/Getty Images

A boat packed with migrants sank off the Libyan coastal city of Zuwara on Thursday and officials have said hundreds might have died. A security offic(...)

Malaysian police say they have found another 24 bodies of suspected human trafficking victims in jungles bordering Thailand. Authorities in May said (...)

Ambiya Khatu,  who married a man who paid for her release from smugglers in Thailand, watches her niece with her mother, Mabiya Khatu, at home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia“There was nobody to rescue us, so I agreed,” she said. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

The young woman had been penned in a camp in the sweltering jungle of southern Thailand for two months when she was offered a deal. She had fled Burma(...)

In India, fertility rates are  down to 2.48 children per woman. Photograph: Reuters/Danish Ismail

For the past 200 years the global population has risen explosively. There were 1 billion humans in 1850. There are 7.3 billion today. Ever since the I(...)

Niloy Chatterjee (40) a blogger who advocated secularism, was killed in his flat in the capital, Dhaka, said police official Mustafizur Rahman.

A blogger was hacked to death in Bangladesh on Friday, the fourth killing of an online critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority country in(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

Members of  Irish Navy vessel LÉ Niamh rescue refugees in the ongoing humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean.

The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh is due into the Sicilian port of Messina this morning with the bodies of 14 migrants, along with 453 people res(...)