1. Not Again

    94 Dead in Sicily Shipwreck

    Firefighters unload the body of a drowned migrant from a Coast Guard boat in the port of Lampedusa, Sicily, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Tens of people died when a ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said Thursday. Many migrants have been rescued, but the boat is believed to have been carrying as many as 500 people. It is one of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks in recent times and the second one this week off Italy: On Monday, 13 men drowned while trying to reach southern Sicily when their ship ran aground just a few meters (yards) from shore at Scicli.

    Nino Randazzo, Health Care Service/AP

    The Italian coastline continues to suffer a string of bad luck with ships, but this time it wasn’t a party boat: a boat carrying African migrants wrecked off Sicily on Thursday, killing as many as 94 people. Around 150 people have been rescued, but the boat may have been carrying as many 500, meaning many are still missing. The tragedy instantly became one of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks in modern history. The Italian islands of Sicily and Lampedusa are frequent targets of smugglers’ boats since they are closer to Africa than the Italian mainland.

    Read it at the Associated Press