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Lampedusa death toll rises

Authorities say a further 38 bodies have been recovered following the Lampedusa boat tragedy, taking the death toll to 232. A boat carrying migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.

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Italy holds day of mourning following fatal ship wreck

Italy is preparing to hold a day of mourning after more than 300 people were drowned or feared dead after a boat sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Body bags containing African migrants, who drowned trying to reach Italian shores, lie in a hangar of the Lampedusa airport Credit: REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello

The 20-metre (66-foot) boat is believed to have been carrying around 500 people, mostly migrants from Eritrea and Somalia.

More than 100 people were rescued, but hundreds are still unaccounted for.

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