A combination photo shows Mahmud Bikhit (left) and Mohammed Ali Malek, two survivors of the migrant boat disaster, arrested on suspicion of people trafficking. Photograph: Reuters/Italian Police

Officials in Sicily say two actions are suspected to have caused the migrant boat to capsize.Catania prosecutors said the captain, 27-year-old Tunisia(...)

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(...)

Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of Rhodes. Photograph: Eurokinissi/Reuters

EU leaders will gather in Brussels this Thursday for an emergency summit on migration amid reports that at least three more vessels capsized in the Me(...)

Public prosecutor Giovanni Salvi answers questions during a press conference on the boat tragedy  in Catania, Italy. Photograph: Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

Catania’s senior public prosecutor, Giovanni Salvi, speaking at a crowded and at times heated news conference in Catania yesterday, said that it w(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi whosaid the collapse of post-Gadafy Libya was one of the main reasons behind the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Photograph: EPA

The absence of a coherent ‘plan B’ for post-Gadafy Libya is one of the main problems behind the Mediterranean migrant crisis, according to Italian pri(...)

 Crew members of the Italian Coast Guard ship Gregoretti prepare to disembark one of the bodies of some of the 700 victms of the migrant boat tragedy in Valletta, Malta on Monday. Photograph: Ivan Consiglio/EPA  1:00

An Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta on Monday with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized in the Medite(...)

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(...)

Members of the Tunisian armed forces stand guard during the closing event of the 14th World Social Forum (WSF), Tunis, Tunisia. Photograph: Mohamed Mesara

Tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital in a show of solidarity against Islamist militants on Sunday, hours after the government sa(...)

A view of Palermo. “Cimarosa officially became the black sheep of the family last month when he publicly denounced Cosa Nostra. He did so, too, on a national stage, speaking in Palermo to the Sicilian ‘Leopolda’, a sort of Democratic Party brains trust”. Photograph: Getty Images

As reporters in Italy, we have all long since learned to understand the term, “Mafia victim”. Usually, we are talking about those brave local politici(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin looks on during a news conference in Budapest, Hungary, last month. When asked on Thursday if Mr  Putin is healthy, a Kremlin spokesman replied ‘Yes.’ Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that president Vladimir Putin is in good health, but could not say when he would next appear in publi(...)