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At least 35 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisian coast

TUNIS: At least 35 migrants were killed when their boat sank off Tunisia’s southern coast and 67 others were rescued by the coast guard, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday. The rescue operation was ongoing, the ministry said in a statement. The migrants were of Tunisian and other nationalities. Human traffickers increasingly use Tunisia as a launch pad for migrants heading to Europe as Libya’s coast guard, aided by armed groups, has tightened controls. Security officials said the boat was packed with about 180…

New York sinks millions into new ferry service

NEW YORK: New York is launching a new ferry service on May 1, offering a quicker and cheaper commute into Manhattan for hundreds of thousands of people traveling from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. Mayor Bill de Blasio, a progressive-wing Democrat seeking re-election in November, dedicated the first of 20 new ferries on Monday, calling it "Lunchbox" -- a name chosen by elementary school children. Each boat can carry 150 passengers and will operate 365 days a year from 5:30am to 8:30pm on week days, and from 7:30am to…