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Cyprus: 19 dead as migrant boat sinks

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ANKARA (Reuters) – Nineteen people died when a boat carrying about 150 migrants sank off the coast of northern Cyprus, and rescuers were searching for 25 other people. According to Turkey’s coast guard 103 migrants were rescued by boats and helicopters of the Turkish and northern Cypriot coast guards, helped by commercial boats in the area. There was no information about the origins of the migrants yet nor were the authorities able to say from where the migrant boat had come. The coast guard said a Panama-flagged commercial ship spotted the migrant boat some 25 nautical miles from Turkey’s southern province of Antalya and alerted the coast guard on Wednesday morning.

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