Boat victims died one by one, say survivors

Survivors of a boat tragedy that claimed the lives of 49 migrants have given graphic accounts of fellow passengers dying one by one, migration experts said Tuesday.

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Food challenge highlighted at Milan Expo 2015

The world needs to consider how it can ensure access to enough food for the planet’s seven billion inhabitants.

That’s the message that the United Nations is promoting at the recently opened Expo Milan 2015 in Italy.

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Sea tragedy survivors “clung to dinghies’ for two days” before rescue

Survivors of the Mediterranean Sea tragedy that cost at least 300 lives at the weekend had to cling to ropes after being pitched into the water by storm waves, the UN has said.

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300 people missing in “major tragedy” in Mediterranean

An incident in which 300 people reportedly went missing while crossing the Mediterranean Sea has been described as a “major tragedy” by the UN Refugee Agency, UNCHR.

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Pope calls nutrition and environment "global public issues"

Food, nutrition and the environment are global public issues, according to the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

The Pope was attending the Second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, Italy, to give an address to more than 170 government representatives.

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UN expert meets with African women tricked into trafficking in Italy

Sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy.

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Europe urged to do more to curb refugee, migrant deaths at sea

Europe has been called to action to stop the rise of people dying at sea seeking refuge from countries torn by conflict like Syria, Mali, Libya or insecurity like Somalia.

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More than 40,000 migrants arrive in Italy so far this year

Almost as many migrants from North Africa have arrived in Italy so far this year compared with the total number in 2013, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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Pope Francis I invited to UN headquarters in New York

Pope Francis I has been invited to United Nations headquarters in New York to speak about his vision of the future of humankind.

The invitation was extended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who met with the Pontiff in the Vatican on Friday.

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States must prioritize migrants’ human rights, UN independent experts reiterate

As crews off the Italian island of Lampedusa continue to recover bodies from last week’s migrant boat disaster, United Nations independent experts today reiterated calls on Member States to urgently adopt a new approach to migration that places the rights of migrants at the forefront.