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Mediterranean migrant boat death toll rises to 30

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VALLETTA - The death toll from the latest Mediterranean migrant boat disaster rose to 30 on Sunday, as Malta said it had found 29 bodies in the vessel's hold and Italy said a Syrian baby had died. 

Immigrants are transferred from the tanker "Torm Lotte" to the tug boat "Grifone" near Messina following a rescue operation on July 20, 2014

Maltese officials said the migrants -- almost all Syrian -- may have died in a stampede as the boat was being rescued, while Italians said they may have been overcome with toxic fumes from the engine.

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