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Around 40 migrants died when their inflatable boat sank off the coast of Italy, which Tuesday renewed an appeal to the EU for help in managing a relentless wave of arrivals. "Some (of the survivors from the inflatable boat) said 'very many' died, others said 'around 40'", Giovanna di Benedetto of Save the Children told AFP on Tuesday. "It's not enough to add 10 or so boats to those (operated) by the Italians," said Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. He also demanded the European Union help in the fight against human trafficking and make reforms to the process of granting asylum to migrants.
By Ayman al-Warfalli BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognised government carried out air strikes on Tuesday against Islamic State militants in the eastern city of Derna, a senior commander said. The North African country is in the throes of a power truggle with two governments allied to dozens of armed groups fighting each other four years after the uprising that ousted veteran strongman leader Muammar Gaddafi. While unable to defeat each other on several front lines across the oil-producing state, both governments have also been clashing with Islamic State insurgents exploiting a security vacuum as in Iraq and Syria. Saqer al-Joroushi, air force commander of the official Libyan government based in the east since losing control of Tripoli in August, said his warplanes had hit Islamic State positions in Derna on Monday and Tuesday.