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Vol 58 No 17

Published 25th August 2017


All at sea over migration

A row over a deal between Rome and Tripoli to police the Mediterranean points to deepening divisions on migration in Africa and Europe

An Italian operation backing efforts by the Libyan coastguard to intercept ships carrying migrants across the Mediterranean risks widening the political fight between the country's rival factions in Tripoli and Tobruk. It also points to serious differences among European powers trying to mediate an agreement to end Libya's civil war and curb migration. Over 114,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean this year, according to United Nations officials, and about 85% landed in Italy.

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