'Around 50 corpses sighted' by migrant boat

Around 50 corpses have so far been sighted where a boat carrying African migrants capsized near Italy, including around 10 children.

The news was reported by Italian news agency ANSA, after the boat spilled around 250 passengers into the sea between Sicily and Tunisia.

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'Shots fired' as migrants fled

Migrants who were rescued after their boat sank in the Mediterranean claim they were shot at as they left a Libyan port. Thirty-four people were killed after the boat capsized south of Sicily, the Italian coastguard said.