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European countries 'must do more' on migrants

A top UN official says European nations need to make a "concerted, collective effort" to try to stop migrants dying crossing the Mediterranean.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Andrej Mahecic was speaking after a boat carrying migrants was sunk off the coast of Malta, with about 500 people feared dead.

ITV News Correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports:

Probe launched after Malta boat sinking 'leaves 500 dead'

Italy, Malta and investigators from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have launched a probe after as many as 500 migrants drowned fleeing from Africa and the Middle East.

Coastguards seen rescuing African migrants from a damaged rescue boat off the Libyan shoreline. Credit: Reuters

In what has been described as the worst incident of its kind, traffickers are said to have rammed their ship off Malta's coast last week, an event that only came to light this weekend in testimony from two of nine survivors.

The survivors said the traffickers ordered the migrants to change vessels in the middle of the Mediterranean. The migrants refused, leading to a confrontation that ended when traffickers rammed the ship carrying the migrants, causing it to sink, IOM spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume told Reuters in Geneva.

Kate's first solo overseas trip to Malta in doubt

The announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child will throw into doubt whether she will be able to attend her first solo overseas tour.

Kate was set to take make her first international appearance alone in Malta later this month.

The Duchess had been due to visit Malta next month. Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

However the announcement that she is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and has cancelled an appearance in Oxford today.

110 Britons arrive in Malta after Libya evacuation

More than 100 Britons have arrived in Malta after being evacuated from Libya, where fighting between rival armed factions has spread in the capital.

The British survey ship HMS Enterprise evacuated 110 Britons. The British ambassador to Libya, Michael Aron, said the group included 30 children, 12 infants, four pregnant women and one elderly and sick person.

Damaged helicopter at Tripoli airport in July. Credit: Hazem Turkia / AA / TT

Britain was one of the last Western countries with an embassy open in Tripoli after the weeks of street fighting forced the United States, the United Nations and European diplomatic staff to leave.

Also on board the Enterprise was a small number of Irish and German people.


Good Friday celebrated around the world

Statue bearers strain as they prepare to lift the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the start of a Good Friday procession in Valletta, Malta Credit: Reuters
Penitents take part in a Good Friday procession in Civitavecchia, north of Rome Credit: Reuters
An actor portraying Jesus Christ takes part in a "Via Crucis" (Way of the Cross) at Plateau Dokui, an area of Abidjan Credit: Reuters
Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) in front of huge crowds at the Colosseum in Rome Credit: Reuters