Hundreds of thousands of immigrants, fleeing violence and poverty in Africa and the Middle East, are trying to find a better life in Europe – putting major strains on the EU and its member states.
'Boat season' is in full swing in the Mediterranean, as migrants brave perilous conditions for a better life in Europe. But the crossing is deadlier than ever – already 1,800-plus migrants have died.
Police around Italy Friday were rounding up 18 Pakistanis and Afghans, two of whom were thought to be former bodyguards for slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Under Qaddafi, Libya worked closely with Europe to harshly stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean. But the country's chaos has upended that.
Egypt's airstrikes came in response to the mass beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians by IS militants in Libya. The Libyan government has called for the US-led coalition in Syria and Iraq to turn its attentions to Libya.