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Disaster on the seas

Mohammed Ali Malek (L) is seen as the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrives in Catania's harbour, Italy late April 20, 2015. Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vessel capsized in the Mediterranean, in the weekend shipwreck that has shocked Europe. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Mohammed Ali Malek (L) is seen as the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrives in Catania's harbour, Italy late April 20, 2015. Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked...more

Mohammed Ali Malek (L) is seen as the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrives in Catania's harbour, Italy late April 20, 2015. Prosecutors blamed the Tunisian captain of a fishing boat for causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants locked below decks when his vessel capsized in the Mediterranean, in the weekend shipwreck that has shocked Europe. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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(L-R) A combination photo shows Mahmud Bikhit and Mohammed Ali Malek in these handout pictures taken and released by Italian Police in Catania on April 21, 2015. Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, arrested under suspicion of multiple homicide, had steered his severely overloaded boat into a collision with a merchant ship that was coming to its rescue. The captain has been arrested on suspicion of multiple homicide and people-smuggling, and he and his 25-year-old Syrian first mate, Mahmud Bikhit, are also suspected of causing a shipwreck. It was not immediately possible to reach lawyers representing them for comment. REUTERS/Italian Police/Handout

(L-R) A combination photo shows Mahmud Bikhit and Mohammed Ali Malek in these handout pictures taken and released by Italian Police in Catania on April 21, 2015. Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, arrested under suspicion of...more

(L-R) A combination photo shows Mahmud Bikhit and Mohammed Ali Malek in these handout pictures taken and released by Italian Police in Catania on April 21, 2015. Prosecutors said on Tuesday that Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, arrested under suspicion of multiple homicide, had steered his severely overloaded boat into a collision with a merchant ship that was coming to its rescue. The captain has been arrested on suspicion of multiple homicide and people-smuggling, and he and his 25-year-old Syrian first mate, Mahmud Bikhit, are also suspected of causing a shipwreck. It was not immediately possible to reach lawyers representing them for comment. REUTERS/Italian Police/Handout
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Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta April 20, 2015. Only 28 survivors have been brought to Italy from the hundreds of mainly African and Bangladeshi migrants on board. Police have quoted the survivors giving death tolls that range from 400 to 950 in what appears to have been the worst disaster ever among migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean to Europe. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta April 20, 2015. Only 28 survivors have been brought to Italy from the hundreds of mainly African and Bangladeshi migrants...more

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta April 20, 2015. Only 28 survivors have been brought to Italy from the hundreds of mainly African and Bangladeshi migrants on board. Police have quoted the survivors giving death tolls that range from 400 to 950 in what appears to have been the worst disaster ever among migrants fleeing across the Mediterranean to Europe. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Italian coastguard personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. So few survived because most of the migrants on board, including women and children, had been locked in the hold and lower decks of the three-deck fishing boat, said Catania chief prosecutor Giovanni Salvi. That also made it impossible so far to reach the bodies and verify the toll. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. So few survived because most of the migrants on board, including women and children, had been locked in the hold and lower decks of the three-deck fishing boat, said...more

Italian coastguard personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. So few survived because most of the migrants on board, including women and children, had been locked in the hold and lower decks of the three-deck fishing boat, said Catania chief prosecutor Giovanni Salvi. That also made it impossible so far to reach the bodies and verify the toll. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Mohammed Ali Malek (L) and Mahmud Bikhit (C) are seen as they arrive in Catania's harbour, Italy late April 20, 2015. The disaster comes after weeks of a dramatic rise in deaths among migrants packed into rickety vessels to cross the Mediterranean. Nearly 1,800 have drowned so far this year, compared to fewer than 100 deaths by the end of April last year, a period when a similar number attempted the crossing. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Mohammed Ali Malek (L) and Mahmud Bikhit (C) are seen as they arrive in Catania's harbour, Italy late April 20, 2015. The disaster comes after weeks of a dramatic rise in deaths among migrants packed into rickety vessels to cross the Mediterranean....more

Mohammed Ali Malek (L) and Mahmud Bikhit (C) are seen as they arrive in Catania's harbour, Italy late April 20, 2015. The disaster comes after weeks of a dramatic rise in deaths among migrants packed into rickety vessels to cross the Mediterranean. Nearly 1,800 have drowned so far this year, compared to fewer than 100 deaths by the end of April last year, a period when a similar number attempted the crossing. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Mohammed Ali Malek is seen watching bodies of dead migrants being disembarked from the Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta April 20, 2015. That has put new pressure for action on European leaders who restricted funding for naval operations on the argument that rescuing migrants lures more to cross. The policy, still backed by some EU countries, appears to have made the voyage far deadlier without reducing the numbers attempting it. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Mohammed Ali Malek is seen watching bodies of dead migrants being disembarked from the Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta April 20, 2015. That has put new pressure for action on European leaders who restricted funding for...more

Mohammed Ali Malek is seen watching bodies of dead migrants being disembarked from the Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta April 20, 2015. That has put new pressure for action on European leaders who restricted funding for naval operations on the argument that rescuing migrants lures more to cross. The policy, still backed by some EU countries, appears to have made the voyage far deadlier without reducing the numbers attempting it. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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A surviving immigrant looks on as he arrives by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 21, 2015. The number of migrants attempting the dangerous journey usually peaks in the late spring and summer months, adding to the urgency. REUTERS/Antonio Parinello

A surviving immigrant looks on as he arrives by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 21, 2015. The number of migrants attempting the dangerous journey usually peaks in the late spring and summer months, adding...more

A surviving immigrant looks on as he arrives by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 21, 2015. The number of migrants attempting the dangerous journey usually peaks in the late spring and summer months, adding to the urgency. REUTERS/Antonio Parinello
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Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. Sunday's shipwreck off Libya appears to be the deadliest ever involving migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. Sunday's shipwreck off Libya appears to be the deadliest ever involving migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. Sunday's shipwreck off Libya appears to be the deadliest ever involving migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Surviving immigrants disembark as they arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. The EU proposed on Monday doubling the size of its small naval mission in the area, which replaced a far larger Italian operation cancelled last year. It has summoned leaders of its countries to an emergency summit on Thursday. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Surviving immigrants disembark as they arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. The EU proposed on Monday doubling the size of its small naval mission in the area, which replaced a far larger...more

Surviving immigrants disembark as they arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. The EU proposed on Monday doubling the size of its small naval mission in the area, which replaced a far larger Italian operation cancelled last year. It has summoned leaders of its countries to an emergency summit on Thursday. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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A surviving immigrant is examined as he arrives by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. The Italian coast guard said 638 migrants were rescued from rubber dinghies on Monday in six separate operations and merchant ships and coast guard patrol boats were assisting a fishing boat carrying migrants some 80 miles off the south eastern coast of Calabria, in mainland Italy. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

A surviving immigrant is examined as he arrives by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. The Italian coast guard said 638 migrants were rescued from rubber dinghies on Monday in six separate...more

A surviving immigrant is examined as he arrives by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. The Italian coast guard said 638 migrants were rescued from rubber dinghies on Monday in six separate operations and merchant ships and coast guard patrol boats were assisting a fishing boat carrying migrants some 80 miles off the south eastern coast of Calabria, in mainland Italy. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant as surviving migrants watch April 20, 2015. Lawlessness in Libya, where most of the migrant boats originate, has made it difficult to prevent traffickers from packing thousands of people fleeing poverty or war into unsafe fishing boats and rubber dinghies. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant as surviving migrants watch April 20, 2015. Lawlessness in Libya, where most of the migrant boats originate, has made it difficult to prevent traffickers from...more

Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant as surviving migrants watch April 20, 2015. Lawlessness in Libya, where most of the migrant boats originate, has made it difficult to prevent traffickers from packing thousands of people fleeing poverty or war into unsafe fishing boats and rubber dinghies. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant into a vehicle April 20, 2015. The prosecutors' office said it was possible that investigators would try to recover the wreck of the vessel, which sank around 70 nautical miles off the Libyan coast at around midnight between Saturday and Sunday. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant into a vehicle April 20, 2015. The prosecutors' office said it was possible that investigators would try to recover the wreck of the vessel, which sank around 70 nautical miles off...more

Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant into a vehicle April 20, 2015. The prosecutors' office said it was possible that investigators would try to recover the wreck of the vessel, which sank around 70 nautical miles off the Libyan coast at around midnight between Saturday and Sunday. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Mohammed Ali Malek (L) is seen flanked by other survivors as they arrive on the Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's harbour, Italy early April 21, 2015. According to the prosecutors, the fishing boat was so heavily overloaded that it could not be manoeuvred properly. The captain crashed it into the King Jacob, a Portuguese merchant vessel that had approached to give aid. As around 100 migrants on deck rushed to one side, the boat capsized and sank. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Mohammed Ali Malek (L) is seen flanked by other survivors as they arrive on the Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's harbour, Italy early April 21, 2015. According to the prosecutors, the fishing boat was so heavily overloaded that it could not be...more

Mohammed Ali Malek (L) is seen flanked by other survivors as they arrive on the Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's harbour, Italy early April 21, 2015. According to the prosecutors, the fishing boat was so heavily overloaded that it could not be manoeuvred properly. The captain crashed it into the King Jacob, a Portuguese merchant vessel that had approached to give aid. As around 100 migrants on deck rushed to one side, the boat capsized and sank. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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People hold a sign reading "rescue" during a silent commemoration for the victims of a boat accident, in Vienna, Austria April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

People hold a sign reading "rescue" during a silent commemoration for the victims of a boat accident, in Vienna, Austria April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

People hold a sign reading "rescue" during a silent commemoration for the victims of a boat accident, in Vienna, Austria April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Flowers are seen during a silent commemoration for the victims of a boat accident, in Vienna, Austria April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Flowers are seen during a silent commemoration for the victims of a boat accident, in Vienna, Austria April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Flowers are seen during a silent commemoration for the victims of a boat accident, in Vienna, Austria April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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Italian coastguard personnel stand near the bodies of dead immigrants on board the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. Europe's politicians face criticism from aid and human rights groups that they have been abandoning those in need of help to pander to anti-immigrant sentiment among the electorates in their home countries. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard personnel stand near the bodies of dead immigrants on board the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. Europe's politicians face criticism from aid and human rights groups that they have been abandoning those in need of help to pander to...more

Italian coastguard personnel stand near the bodies of dead immigrants on board the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. Europe's politicians face criticism from aid and human rights groups that they have been abandoning those in need of help to pander to anti-immigrant sentiment among the electorates in their home countries. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant off the ship as surviving migrants watch in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour April 20, 2015. European officials are struggling to come up with a policy that would respond more humanely to an exodus of migrants traveling by sea from Africa and Asia to Europe, without worsening the crisis by encouraging more to leave. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant off the ship as surviving migrants watch in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour April 20, 2015. European officials are struggling to come up with a policy that would respond more...more

Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant off the ship as surviving migrants watch in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour April 20, 2015. European officials are struggling to come up with a policy that would respond more humanely to an exodus of migrants traveling by sea from Africa and Asia to Europe, without worsening the crisis by encouraging more to leave. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Italian coastguard personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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An Italian coastguard officer salutes as Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

An Italian coastguard officer salutes as Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

An Italian coastguard officer salutes as Armed Forces of Malta personnel carry the body of a dead immigrant April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing lift the body of a dead immigrant into a vehicle April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing lift the body of a dead immigrant into a vehicle April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing lift the body of a dead immigrant into a vehicle April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Italian coastguard personnel in protective clothing stand on the deck of Bruno Gregoretti as it arrives in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard personnel in protective clothing stand on the deck of Bruno Gregoretti as it arrives in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian coastguard personnel in protective clothing stand on the deck of Bruno Gregoretti as it arrives in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Surviving immigrants sit on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta's Grand Harbour April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants sit on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta's Grand Harbour April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants sit on the deck of the Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta's Grand Harbour April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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The Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrives in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

The Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrives in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

The Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrives in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Antonio Parinello

Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Antonio Parinello

Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Antonio Parinello
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Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Surviving immigrants arrive by Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Catania's Harbour in Italy, April 20, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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