Sep 14 PM

The bodies of 21 people thought to be migrants have washed up on the
shores of the

Mediterranean this month .. so the U.N. migration agency said earlier.

The latest deaths bring the total of Mediterranean migrant deaths this
year to 1,586.

The remains of nine sub-Saharan Africans were found on Sept. 4 on a
beach in Algeria about 200 km

from the Spanish coast.

The next day, four more bodies were recovered across the border in Morocco.

On Sept. 10, the remains of six migrants including two women and a
child washed ashore near


The body of a woman was found on the Las Salinas beach, in Roquetas de
Mar, Almería on Sept.

11, and the body of a young Sub-Saharan African man was retrieved by
fishermen in Ceuta


In response to accusations that his doctoral thesis contained
plagiarized work and may have been

written by someone else .. prime minister, Pedro Sánchez had the
text tested via two plagiarism

detection programs.

The results were made public this morning. In a statement, the
government said that the evaluation

has “determined the original content of the thesis,” which passed “the
studies to a high degree.

His 2011 thesis came under scrutiny this week after the leader of
Ciudadanos, Albert Rivera,

questioned the authenticity of the work in Congress. The accusation
came a day after the health

minister was forced to quit in connection with a master’s degree she
earned at Madrid’s King Juan

Carlos University.

The current leader of the conservative Popular Party Pablo Casado, is
also caught up in the

ongoing scandal.

police have arrested seven people on suspicion of running a
large-scale migrant smuggling


They were arrested as part of a crime group which is thought to have
transported 300 migrants, as

part of a large-scale smuggling operation which stretched from former
french colonies in Africa to

France itself.

The group came under investigation while operating out of the Spanish
City of San Sebastian.

Europol provided analytical capabilities, and sent an expert with a
mobile office to aid in the

gathering of evidence.

The horrifying injuries suffered by a British man who was tortured in
Marbella have been laid bare

as police linked the crime to a drug deal.

The man, who’s 35 but has not been named, had the tendons in his right
hand slashed, was beaten

round the head, stabbed and shot in both legs, and had his cheeks slit
before being dumped in a


He only survived after passing motorists spotted him and called an ambulance.

The details were revealed as news emerged that police are hunting a
gang of three or four fellow


The attack is believed to be linked to a drugs deal. No arrests have
yet been made.

POLICE sources have confirmed that a suspect package found on the
Costa del Sol on Wednesday

did contained explosives.

Members of the police bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion on
the package that was

spotted in an urbanisation in Marbella.

Police are investigating whether the device is related to organised
crime or another cause.