Rescuers pull 650 boat migrants to safety, find 5 corpses: Italy

September 14, 2016 4:49 PM

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ROME Rescuers pulled some 650 migrants to safety and recovered five dead bodies from boats in difficulty off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, Italy's coastguard said in a statement.

On the frontier between Europe and Africa, Italy is the focus for hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing conflict and poverty in Africa, packed into rickety boats by smugglers.

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