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    Earlier on Sunday, a small vessel with about 700 people on board, capsized while crossing from Libya to Italy. Italian coastguards have retrieved 49 survivors so far and found at least 24 bodies, according to the Italian media. A major rescue operation is currently under way.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — EU member states should take urgent action to protect migrants, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement Sunday, calling the latest migrant boat disaster "unacceptable."

    "We [the EU] need to save human lives all together, as all together we need to protect our borders and to fight the trafficking of human beings," Mogherini said.

    EU foreign ministers will discuss the issue of immigration on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg, the EU top diplomat added.

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