The death toll among migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean into Europe so far in 2015 has reached an estimated 1,727 — more than 30 times last year’s total at this time, the International Office on Migration said Tuesday.
European leaders are struggling to find a solution to a desperate surge of Mediterranean migration that appears to have claimed more than 1,500 lives so far this year, as poverty and war drive people to risk everything on rickety, overloaded boats.
Hundreds of people were feared lost in the Mediterranean on Sunday after a boat carrying migrants toward Europe capsized off the Libyan coast, authorities said, marking what appeared to be the latest in a series of mass drownings.
More than 90,000 people are fleeing fighting in Iraq’s Anbar province, the United Nations said Sunday, as the Iraqi government and aid groups struggled to assist the legions of newly displaced.
Iraqi government forces have fully liberated the strategic Baiji refinery from Islamic State militants, state media said Saturday, and military reinforcements were reportedly arriving at the embattled western city of Ramadi.
Izzat Ibrahim, a fugitive confidant of former Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein who helped spearhead a deadly insurgency against U.S. troops and later formed an alliance with Islamic State militants, was shot dead Friday by security forces, Iraqi officials said.
Islamic State militants took responsibility Friday for a car bomb that exploded outside the U.S. consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.
An airstrike has killed a key leader of the militant faction known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to an online posting Tuesday from the Yemeni-based group.