EU migrant crisis Italy recovers eight bodies from boat



Italy’s coastguard recovered the bodies of eight migrants in the Mediterranean, officials said yesterday, as a debate rages over Rome’s crackdown on rescue charities in the world’s deadliest crossing. Rescuers found the bodies of five men and three women — one of whom was pregnant — in a boat late Thursday, according to Filippo Mannino, the mayor of the tiny island of Lampedusa. The 42 survivors on board were brought ashore, he told AFP. The deaths come ahead of a European Council summit next week at which Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will push for greater assistance from the bloc on managing boat migrants.

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