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28 dead, 28 rescued and hundreds still missing

The Italian coastguard has rescued 28 people from the seas near the island of Lampedusa, as well as recovering 28 bodies of those who died.

The boat believe to be crowded with 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya overnight. Credit: Guardia Costiera.

A boat believed to be crowded with 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya overnight, sparking fears it could become the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant disaster.

28 people have been rescued from the waters by the Italian coastguard. Credit: Guardia Costiera.

A cargo ship has been dispatched to come to the migrants aid. The Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the number of the survivors at 50.

The Italian coast guard are attempting to rescue those still alive in the water. Credit: Guardia Costiera.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that the migrants' 66-foot vessel may have overturned because migrants rushed to one side of the craft when they saw a Portuguese merchant vessel approach late last night.

Miliband: EU leaders 'must act' to stop migrant deaths

Ed Miliband has called on European Union leaders to take action to stop further migrants drowning during attempts to cross the Mediterannean.

Writing on Twitter, the Labour leader followed his party colleague Yvette Cooper's plea for the British Government to reverse the decision not to support EU search and rescue efforts.

Govt 'must renew support' for rescue missions

The Government must immediately reverse its "immoral" decision to withdraw support for search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean following the latest migrant tragedy, Labour have said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper. Credit: PA Wire

"Today's dreadful and distressing tragedy shows how urgently we need EU and international action to prevent thousands of people from drowning off Europe's shores," shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said.

"The British Government must immediately reverse its opposition to EU search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, as the EU needs to restart the rescue as soon as possible.

"Theresa May was very wrong to argue that the EU rescue operations should be stopped in order to deter others from coming.

"It is immoral to turn our backs and leave people to drown in order to deter other desperate travellers - and of course it hasn't worked."


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Bootle murders suspect spotted on CCTV

Peter Fox spotted on CCTV at Lime Street Station Credit: Merseyside Police

A man suspected of murdering his mother and sister in Bootle, has been spotted on CCTV at two train stations.

Police have released images of Peter Fox, which show him at Liverpool Lime Street and at London Euston.

Fox is the subject of a nationwide manhunt after Bernadette Fox, 57, and Sarah Fox, 27, were found dead.

Fox was seen almost three hours later at Euston Station in London Credit: Merseyside Police

These pictures were captured on Wednesday evening. The bodies of his mother and sister were discovered over the next 48 hours. Bernadette had been asphyxiated. Sarah had been stabbed.

Detectives across the country are trying to find Fox. They are warning the public not to approach him, but to call 999 if he is seen.

The public are warned not to approach Peter Fox Credit: Merseyside Police

Migrant deaths a 'man-made tragedy'

The deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean is a "man-made tragedy that could well have been avoided", Amnesty International say.

As many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday.

“What we are witnessing in the Mediterranean is a man-made tragedy of appalling proportions. These latest deaths at sea come as a shock, but not a surprise,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia.

Save the Children also joined calls for action, saying European leaders could no longer "look the other way while thousands die".

Justin Forsyth, the charity's chief executive, said a "crisis summit" was needed within 48 hours.

Hollande calls for emergency meeting over Med deaths

French President Francois Hollande has called for an emergency meeting of European ministers, after as many as 700 migrants were feared drowned in the Mediterranean.

French President Francois Hollande speaking about the tragedy today. Credit: Reuters

He said foreign and interior ministers would "meet very soon" to discuss a response.

"If confirmed this would be the worst disaster of recent years in the Mediterranean," Hollande said on Canal+ television.

The French President, who telephoned Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in the wake of the tragedy, said rescue efforts for migrants will need "more boats, more over flights and a much more intense battle against people-trafficking".

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