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Migrants intercepted near Lampedusa as EU leaders meet

25 October 2013 Last updated at 18:58 BST

Italian authorities have intercepted some 800 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean as EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss the problem.

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

Alan Johnston reports.