“‘Syrians and Egyptians'” among migrants reaching Italy,” from the BBC:
Syrians and Egyptians are reported to be among nearly 700 migrants who arrived illegally by boat in southern Italy in the space of 24 hours.
In one boat, coast guards found 176 people, including 41 women and 73 children, who said they were from the two countries, Italian media report.
Each had reportedly paid at least $2,000 (£1,290; 1,500 euros) to people traffickers for the two-week journey.
African migrants rescued separately said two people had died at sea.
EU states such as Malta are struggling to cope with the migrant influx.
On Tuesday, the country refused to accept a group of African migrants rescued by an oil tanker en route from Libya, before Italy stepped in to allow them to land in Sicily…