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Europe soul-searches after Lampedusa exposes tensions

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As police divers continue to pull the bodies of drowned immigrants from the waters off Italy on Sunday, European nations are struggling to reconcile domestic pressure with an ever-growing influx of desperate migrants. 

A migrant looks at a child drinking water at the "Temporary Permanence Centre" (CPT), a refugee camp, in Lampedusa on October 4, 2013

"The Mediterranean cannot remain a huge open-air cemetery. Action must be taken," France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday after a boat loaded with migrants caught fire and sank near the island of Lampedusa, killing 300 people.

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