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Migrant boats: 800 people picked up off coast of Italy

25 October 2013 Last updated at 12:35 BST

Some 800 migrants have been intercepted trying to cross the Mediterranean, Italian authorities say.

Dozens of women and children were among more than 200 migrants on one boat found in difficulty 25 miles (40km) south of the island of Lampedusa.

Two other boats were picked up further south of Lampedusa, one with nearly 100 Eritreans reportedly on board.

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