Italian and French Ships Rescue at Least 3,700 Migrants in Mediterranean

The Italian Coast Guard and French ships rescued at least 3,700 migrants who were attempting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing from Africa on Saturday and early Sunday. The total number of migrants rescued was unusually high for a single day, and signals that the tide of African migrants making the potentially deadly voyage has not yet been stemmed. The Coast Guard's action comes after at least 800 migrants died when their overcrowded boat struck a cargo vessel and sank off the coast of Libya on April 19, in the Mediterranean's deadliest known shipwreck.