EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

 People arrive for a funeral service for migrants on the grounds of the Mater Dei Hospital in the harbour town of Msida in Malta on Thursday. Photograph: EPA 1:00

European Union leaders are discussing plans to double financial sources to save lives in the Mediterranean where hundreds of migrants have drowned in (...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters 1:00

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration prompted by the deaths of more than 900 people in the Mediterran(...)

Video grab showing  migrants on a boat during a Triton rescue operation. The head of EU border agency Frontex has said that  the border patrol mission cannot become a search and rescue operation. Photograph: Guardia Costiera/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the EU border agency has said that saving migrants’ lives in the Mediterranean should not be the priority for the maritime patrols he is i(...)

 European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C) holds one minute of silence prior to a Foreign Affairs council meeting of EU Ministers  in Luxembourg, on Monday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland will “play its part” in supporting Italy and other southern Mediterranean countries in dealing with the migration crisis, Minister for Foreign(...)

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at a press conference in Rome after a ship packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, 200km south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

The European Union has pledged to take “bold” and immediate action to tackle the continent’s migration crisis after hundreds were feared dead in the (...)

An officer looks at a monitor showing  the area where a boat believed to be crowded with  as many as 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya on Sunday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/AP

From the moment that the Matteo Renzi-led government announced last November that the Italian navy-run “Mare Nostrum” search-and-rescue operation in (...)

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 (...)

Gao Yu, the Chinese journalist  accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to foreigners, has been jailed for seven years. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

A Chinese court has jailed the 71-year-old journalist Gao Yu for seven years after she was found guilty of leaking an internal Communist Party docu(...)

Portraits of Li Tingting (top L), Wei Tingting (top R), (bottom, L-R) Wang Man, Wu Rongrong and Zheng Churan are pictured during a protest calling for their release in Hong Kong last week. Photograph: Reuters

Rights groups in China welcomed the release on bail of five feminist activists who were detained for 37 days for planning protests against sexual hara(...)