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Migrant crisis: Captain appears in Italian court

The alleged captain of a sunken migrant ship, which killed more than 800, has appeared in an Italian court. It comes as the EU has agreed to treble its funding to tackle the on-going crisis.

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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.

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