Monday, May 12, 2014
CNN reports that at least 14 people died when a ship carrying migrants sank off the coast of southern Italy. Italy's coast guard rescued about 200 other people on the ship. The incident came a day after a boat carrying migrants sank off the coast of Tripoli, Libya, killing at least 40 people. "Southern Italy -- especially tiny Lampedusa, which is the closest Italian island to Africa -- is a frequent destination for refugees seeking to enter European Union countries from Africa. Migrants often pack into unseaworthy and ill-equipped boats, and shipwrecks off Italian shores are common."