Migrants queue after disembarking from the Royal Navy ship HMS Bulwark upon their arrival in the port of Catania on the coast of Sicily. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images.

The European Union claims it has turned a new page in its battle to quell the Mediterranean migration crisis, as officials announced the long-awaited (...)

An image of an recent LÉ Eithne rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Lé Eithne located and rescued 367 migrants from a wooden barge off the coast of Libya on Monday. The Irish naval vessel came to the aid of those o(...)

To date, the LÉ Eithne which has on board a crew of 67 plus two Army medics, has rescued 1,153 migrants. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces 0:56

The LÉ Eithne has returned to sea after disembarking 399 migrants from north Africa whom the ship’s crew rescued from the southern Mediterranean on Sa(...)

19-year-old Hosam from Damascus has joined the thousands of migrants attempting to reach Europe. In order to get there, Hosam says,  he will have to pay smugglers €6,000. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Hosam Hamada is somewhere on the open Mediterranean Sea, the hope of a new life and the black water below for company. He and his fellow migrants – fl(...)

 Abdel Majid Touil (22), the Moroccan who was arrested on an international warrant by Italy’s anti-terrorism police in the northern town of Gaggiano. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The long-held suspicion that there could be Islamic fundamentalist terrorists among the thousands of boat people who have arrived on Italian shores in(...)

A  handout picture taken on Sunday  and released by the MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) shows migrants waiting aboard a wooden boat during a rescue operation in partnership with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) off the coast of Sicily in the Mediterranean sea. Photograph: AFP 1:20

Nearly 5,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya and 10 bodies were recovered in less than 48 hours, Italy’s coast guard said, in (...)

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 (...)

Family trips: holidays by the sea or in small cities or towns are ideal. Photograph: Thinkstock

My wife and I would like to take a week away in July or August this year. We have a son aged 16 and he would like to bring his friend. We would(...)

Cruises with an educational theme offer cultural, cookery and creative courses on board

Cruise for culture In the world of educational travel, what name could be more august than Smithsonian? The US institution founded for the “inc(...)

The White House acknowledged on Thursday two hostages held by Al Qaeda were accidentally killed in an American government counter-terrorism operation in January and said President Obama takes full responsibility. One of the hostages, Warren Weinstein, an American held by Al Qaeda since 2011, is seen in an image from a video released by his captors in 2013. Photograph: New York Times

One American and one Italian held hostage by al Qaeda in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan were killed in a US counter-terrorism operatio(...)