The Washington Post
Fourteen dead, 54 rescued after migrant boat sinks:
At least 14 Africans died and 54 were rescued when a boat in which they were trying to reach Europe sank off the coast of Tunisia, the Tunisian National Guard said Thursday. The 14 bodies were recovered overnight in the Mediterranean Sea off Tunisia’s central Sfax region, National Guard spokesperson Houssameddine Jbabli said. The National Guard said the migrants were from sub-saharan Africa but did not release their nationalities. On the same night, coast guard vessels thwarted 14 other boats carrying a total of 435 migrants attempting a similar journey from central and southern regions of Tunisia, Jbabli said. People fleeing conflict or poverty routinely take boats from Tunisian shores toward Europe.