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500 migrants may have died in sinking of boat in Mediterranean, UN says

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The United Nations refugee agency has said 500 people may have died in the choppy waters of the Mediterranean last week, when a large boat packed with migrants from Africa and the Middle East capsised between Libya and Italy, The New York Times (NYT) reported. If the reports are confirmed, it would be the worst humanitarian calamity in Europe's migrant crisis since more than 800 people died last April near Libyan shores while trying to reach Italy.Read more from our special coverage on "MIGRANT CRISIS"Migrants arrive in Greek island ports for expulsion to TurkeyEU looks to refugee-laden ...

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First Published: Thu, April 21 2016. 23:16 IST