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Ireland is asking its citizens to leave the country if they can't find a job in a desperate bid to slash welfare costs.

The dead and survivors from Friday’s disaster were plucked from the sea and arrived in Malta yesterday

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Whether or not they knew of the earlier disaster, more desperate migrants risked their lives to reach Europe on Friday, and at least 34 died

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As death toll hits 298, the head of the European Commission announces £25m fund to help with refugee crisis

Italian soldiers with the bodies of migrants killed off Lampedusa

Lampedusa migrant boat disaster: Tunisian suspected of causing shipwreck is arrested by Italian police

35-year-old detained after witnesses in refugee centre claim he was captain who started fatal fire on vessel

More human remains found at wreckage of Costa Concordia

Italian agency conducting DNA tests to establish if new find is linked to the two people missing after the cruise ship hit rocks in January 2012

Is Tunisia good to visit in autumn... and just how safe is it for tourists?

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Sir Trevor McDonald has said that he will never do another TV series on prisoners because the experience has been so difficult.

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Veteran broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald has said that he will never do another TV series on prisoners because the experience has been so difficult.

Dark skies: Ayia Napa is less than 200 miles from Damascus

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Syria civil war: Russia sends another navy ship to the Mediterranean

The deployment follows a spy ship sent to the region on Monday

A British Typhoon jet departs from Gioia del Colle, Italy on 16 April 2011. Six RAF Typhoon jets have been deployed to Cyprus

Syria crisis: British jets head for Cyprus as US and Russia send ships to region

In Syria, troops are moved to built-up areas and weapons to alternative locations

Where's the best place to take my family for a beach break in early autumn?

Q. I'm currently perusing holidays suitable for a family of five in mid-September: two adults, twins aged two and an eight-month-old baby. We are looking to travel independently to somewhere quiet and picturesque. A nice little beach is most important to us with safe accommodation close by. We went to Scarborough and loved it, but there is no guarantee we will get good weather. We want a flight no more than two hours with a short transfer. Name withheld, Sheffield

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People with a consistent Mediterranean diet are 12 per cent less likely to develop diabetes

Greek study shows benefits of a Mediterranean diet

People who consistently eat mostly vegetables, fruit and nuts, fish and seafood and olive oil are 12 per cent less likely to develop diabetes

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