Richmond Times-Dispatch

At least 74 drown on boat off Libyan coast

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CAIRO — At least 74 migrants drowned after their Europe-bound ship capsized off the coast of Libya on Thursday, the U.N.’s migration agency said, in the latest in a series of at least eight shipwrecks in the central Mediterran­ean since last month.

The boat was carrying over 120 migrants, including women and children, when it capsized off the coast of the Libyan port of al-Khums, said the Internatio­nal Organizati­on for Migration.

Only 47 people were rescued by the Libyan coast guard and fishermen and brought to shore.

So far 31, bodies were retrieved as the search for the remaining victims continued, added the

IOM.

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