Thousands of migrants rescued while crossing Mediterranean:
About 2,100 migrants were rescued at sea on Friday and Saturday, the Italian coast guard reports. The migrants, most lately from sub-Saharan Africa, are fleeing war and poverty. The onset of warmer weather has encouraged even more human traffickers based in Libya to launch overcrowded, unseaworthy dinghies or small wooden boats, leaving migrants to the mercy of the deadly Mediterranean Sea. Besides Italian coast guard vessels and a Spanish navy ship, two cargo ships and boats operated by nongovernmental organizations helped in the rescue effort.