Rescued migrants after they disembark at Corigliano harbour, Italy, this week. Since April 10th alone, the Italian coast guard has rescued about 8,500 people. Photograph: Francesco Arena/EPA

Eighteen months on from the Lampedusa tragedy, which saw 366 migrants lose their lives off the Italian island, Europe’s migration problem shows no (...)

US president Barack Obama  and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi arrive for a joint news conference at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi yesterday told US president Barack Obama the Mediterranean “has become a cemetery”, such is the effect of the bu(...)

Shipwrecked migrants disembark from a rescue vessel as they arrive in the Italian port of Augusta in Sicily on April 16th. As many as 41 migrants drowned after a small boat carrying refugees sank in the Mediterranean, Italian media said, days after 400 were lost in another shipwreck. Photo: Giovanni Isolino/AFP

The already tense situation in the coastal waters off Sicily became significantly more worrying this morning following reports that unidentified Libya(...)

An Italian military  helicopter  helping with sea rescue operations in the Mediterranean. About 400 migrants died after their boat capsized on its way from Libya to Italy in the latest tragedy in the region. File photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

About 400 migrants died in an attempt to reach Italy from Libya when their boat capsized, survivors of the accident said.The accident was the latest t(...)

Rescued migrants disembark from an Italian Finance Guard vessel in Porto Empedocle, Sicily on Sunday. Photograph: EPA.

At least nine people died when an overcrowded migrant boat capsized off the coast of Libya and 144 more were rescued, the Italian coast guard said (...)

A damaged cabin is seen outside the South Korean embassy in Tripoli after it was attacked by gunmen. To local security guards were killed in the attack, South Korean and Libyan officials said. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

A bomb exploded at the gate of the Moroccan embassy in the Libyan capital early on Monday, causing some damage but hurting nobody, a security official(...)

A perilous escalation

Yemen’s civil war is becoming a humanitarian catastrophe, a playing field for regional rivalries and a spoiler in the geopolitical detente between the(...)

In this handout videograb released by the Italian coast guards (Guardia Costiera) migrants arrive in the port of Lampedusa on a boat of the Guardia Costiera following a rescue operation off the coast of Sicily last week. Italian and merchant ships rescued almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs on Friday near the coast of Libya and found one dead body, Italy’s coast guard said. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Italian and merchant ships have rescued almost 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs near the coast of Libya and found one dead body, Italy’s c(...)

Libyan prime minister Abdullah al-Thinni. At least four people were killed and more than 20 wounded by a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint east of the Libyan city of Misrata.   Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

At least four people were killed and more than 20 wounded by a suicide bomb attack on a security checkpoint east of the Libyan city of Misrata, a loca(...)

Pope Francis waves at the end of the Easter mass in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters.

Pope Francis made an appeal for peace in Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land and other strife torn zones in his traditional Easter blessing. In his “Urbi et Or(...)