A boat packed with up to 250 African migrants trying to reach Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast.
Only 26 people have been rescued the rest are feared drowned.
Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa in rickety boats in ever increasing numbers. So far in 2014 more than 100,000 have reached Italian shores.
Human traffickers are said to be exploiting the political chaos in Libya which has blighted the country since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi.