• MIGRANT BOAT DEATH TOLL RISES TO 30

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    VALLETTA: The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday (Monday in Manila), as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel’s hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died. Maltese officials said the migrants—almost all Syrian—may have died in a stampede as the boat was being rescued, while Italians said they may have been overcome with toxic fumes from the engine. Italian and Maltese officials originally said 18 people were found dead and another had died on the way to hospital, according to figures given when the vessel was rescued on Saturday. The 566 survivors, including the parents of the one-year-old who perished, arrived in the Italian port of Messina aboard the Danish merchant ship that rescued them.

    AFP

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