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Boat tragedy survivor says many victims 'locked below deck'

A survivor of the Mediterranean boat disaster has said many of the victims were locked below deck on the boat.

Africa Correspondent John Ray is in Sicily.

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Lib Dems complain about BBC Clegg coverage

The Liberal Democrats' election campaign chief Paddy Ashdown has written to the BBC to complain over accusations it falsely claimed Nick Clegg had opted out of last week's live "Challengers' Debate".

UIn his letter to director general Tony Hall, Ashdown said he would escalate the complaint to the BBC Trust - the corporation's governing body - unless immediately corrected.

Following the debate, which featured Labour, Ukip, the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party, Clegg tweeted to insist that he had not been invited to appear.

Ashdown's letter also accused broadcasters of backtracking on agreements relating to the final round of interviews with party leaders.

He claimed only Clegg, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were originally due to be featured in a final set of interviews, but said Ukip's Nigel Farage, Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon had since been offered slots.

MSF: A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have hit out at European politicians for their failure to address the growing crisis of migrants dying in boats trying to enter the continent.

A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European policies are responsible. A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European policies are responsible. Faced with thousands of desperate people fleeing wars and crises, Europe has closed borders, forcing people in search of protection to risk their lives and die at sea. There is no more time to think, these lives must be saved now.

Ending the Mare Nostrum operation was a serious mistake. European States must immediately launch large-scale search and rescue operations, with proactive patrolling as close as possible to Libyan shores.

The current means are obviously not enough. This tragedy is only just beginning, but it can and should be stopped.

– Loris De Filippi, MSF president.

Ove the past week, over 11,000 people have attempted to cross the Mediterranean, MSF said, and more than a thousand are reported to have died.

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Slough father 'wanted to live in a Muslim country'

CCTV pictures of Malik with two of his children in Dover on 7 April. Credit: Thames Valley Police

A father believed to have travelled to Syria with his partner and children had told relatives he wanted to "live in a Muslim country", police have revealed.

Asked whether Asif Malik, 31, had wanted to live in a caliphate state, Thames Valley Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell responded: "I didn't say that - I said a Muslim country."

Campbell insisted that the search is currently a missing persons inquiry, adding that while the force was concerned the family appeared to be heading for Syria, "I'm not suggesting they're intending to join [Islamic State]".

An anonymous friend of Malik told ITV News he "seemed harmless to me" and said he was "shocked" by the claims that the family may have gone to Syria.

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