Boat Carrying 170 Migrants Sinks

A wooden boat on its way to Europe carrying around 170 African migrants has sunk off the Libyan coast, according to a spokesman for the Libyan navy. “The coast guards have requested 17 of the illegal migrants,” the spokesman said, adding that a search for the other passengers was underway. North African migrants have been leaving the continent in rickety boats in rising numbers—in 2014 alone, 100,000 have reached Italian shores, according to the Italian government.