At least 76 people have died after a ship carrying hundreds of migrants and refugees sank off the coast of Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Friday. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said as many as 200 people on two boats were feared dead near the western port of Zuwara. "Until now 76 bodies have been retrieved from the sea and 198 people have been rescued," Libyan Red Crescent spokesman Mohammad al-Misrati told AFP.
Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme is to be presented with the Visionary Talent award at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers announced Friday. Demme, who will receive the prize on September 3rd, was described by Festival director Alberto Barbera as a member of "that generation of cinephile auteurs who revolutionised Hollywood in the Seventies" and who was capable of moving easily between studio and independent productions, and from fiction to documentary work. The 71-year-old is a regular in Venice and is due to chair the jury for the Horizons world cinema section of this year's festival which runs September 2-12 in the city of canals.