Italy's anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini had earlier urged Malta to open one of its ports to a Dutch-flagged ship run by the German charity Mission Lifeline and then seize the ship and its crew.
Vessels belonging to the Italian police and coast guard, the EU's anti-trafficking mission Sophia and Proactiva launched 11 separate rescue operations to save people on seven dinghies, three small wooden boats and one large one.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has in recent months accelerated a "voluntary returns" programme to repatriate migrants from a number of countries. Nigeria now joins Niger in organising bilateral returns.
The 9.8-tonne fishing boat had 22 people aboard when it collided with a tanker off South Korea's west coast. No casualties or injuries were reported among those on board the tanker.
At least five migrants died off the Libyan coast after their boat capsized in a rescue operation. A German NGO and the Libyan coast guard are arguing over the deaths.
Those rescued were originally from Sub-Saharan Africa, Pakistan, Libya, Bangladesh, Algeria, Egypt, Nepal, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
The bodies of two out of 10 crew members from the dry cargo ship that sank in the Black Sea on Tuesday were found by Turkey's coast guard.
Under pressure from Italy and other European states, Libya's coastguard has become increasingly active, patrolling more widely and intercepting migrants before they can reach international rescue vessels.
At least 20 people were missing and 40 rescued, the Turkish Coast Guard said. Their nationalities or where they were heading to was unknown.
Engineers began releasing water from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs Monday to ease the strain on the dams, meaning that more homes and streets will flood, and some homes will be inundated for up to a month,
The meeting "may constitute the start of a new relationship between Europe and Africa," the interior ministers of Italy, Chad, Niger, Mali and Libya say in a joint statement.
The bodies of at least 30 have been found. A search by the Italian coast guard is ongoing to rescue 1,700 people.
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