Italy rise in ‘phantom’ boats as new route sees migrants go undetected Sep 22, 2019 0 250 12345 Rome: Italy has seen a rise in so-called “phantom” boat arrivals as traffickers ferry migrants across the Mediterranean from Tunisia rather than Libya without being spotted, a prosecutor warned Saturday. The closing window of opportunity to reach Europe before the onset of winter has also seen a spike in the numbers of crossings, just ahead of a meeting of interior ministers on the hot-button topic of migration on Monday in Malta.Of the more than 6,620 people to have arrived in Italy since the start of 2019, some 5,500 have done so autonomously, managing to approach the coast or land without being spotted or needing assistance, according to the Repubblica daily.“We are starting to see not just Tunisians but also sub-Saharans on the boats that arrive autonomously,” Agrigento prosecutor Salvatore Vella said in an interview in the Stampa daily. “We think that there are new routes, no longer from Libya but from Tunisia, where the sea crossing is easier because it is shorter and you can do it in small boats, with minimal risk,” he said. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES ‘Millions’ protest in youth-led global climate change strike Sep 22, 2019 0 522 Trump slams ‘partisan’ whistleblower, Biden responds forcefully Sep 22, 2019 0 693 UK Labour deputy leader survives bid to oust him over Brexit Sep 22, 2019 0 769 Malta takes some migrants from Ocean Viking, but leaves others onboard Reuters LA VALLETTA A group of 265 migrants were brought to Malta on Saturday, including 36 from the rescue ship Ocean Viking, but the operators of the ship complained that more than 180 other migrants on board had been .. First Indian will be sent to space by our rocket in 2021: ISRO chief New Delhi: If India does launch the Gaganyaan mission, it will be the fourth nation to do so after the United States, Russia and China. The mission is estimated to cost around Rs 10,000 crore. India is moving ahead to meet its .. PM Imran reaches New York to attend UNGA session tribune.com.pk islamabad Prime Minister Imran Khan reached New York on Saturday on a week-long visit to attend the UN General Assembly session and be part of a host of other activities, including a meeting President .. Manila halts aid talks with backers of UN rights probe into drug war Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has ordered the suspension of all loan and grant talks with foreign governments that backed a United Nations resolution to review human rights abuses .. US, El Salvador sign agreement on asylum to curb migration Washington: The United States and El Salvador reached an agreement Friday aimed at curbing illegal migration, opening the door for the US to potentially send refugees back to the violent Central American country. The .. 100 arrested in Paris ‘yellow vest’ protests Paris: Over a hundred demonstrators were arrested at yellow vest protests in Paris on Saturday as about 7,500 police were deployed to deal with the movement’s radical anarchist “black blocs” strand. After first ..