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UN agency: 75 migrants drown in Mediterranean off Libya

Nov. 20, 2021 17:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The United Nations' migration agency said 75 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya earlier this week as they attempted to reach Italy by boat. The International Organization for Migration reported the latest tragedy in a tweet on...

Italy letting rescue ship with 306 migrants go to Sicily

Nov. 10, 2021 14:52 PM EST

ROME (AP) — After days of waiting in the choppy central Mediterranean, a charity rescue ship with 306 migrants aboard on Wednesday received permission by Italy to disembark the passengers just as a storm approached, the humanitarian organization said. SOS Mediterranee...

German rescue boat with 800 migrants reaches Sicilian port

Nov. 07, 2021 12:09 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship with more than 800 rescued migrants, including 15 very young children, steamed into a Sicilian port on Sunday after being granted permission by Italian authorities following days of waiting in the Mediterranean Sea. The charity...

German NGO rescues 800 in six operations, heading to Italy

Nov. 04, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A rescue ship carrying nearly 400 migrants picked up another 400 people from a two-tier wooden boat that had started to sink overnight in the central Mediterranean Sea, a German charity that operates the ship said Thursday. The nongovernmental organization...

Pope: Don't send migrants back to Libya and 'inhumane' camps

Oct. 24, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday made an impassioned plea to end the practice of returning migrants rescued at sea to Libya and other unsafe countries where they suffer “inhumane violence." Francis also waded into a highly contentious political debate in...

Harrison Ford reunited with lost credit card in Sicily

Oct. 23, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Harrison Ford lost his credit card during a stay in a beach town near Palermo, Sicily, but got it back thanks to a German tourist, police in Sicily said Saturday. The tourist found a credit card with Ford’s name emblazoned on it Thursday, and turned it in...

Salvini on trial in Italy over 2019 migrant ship

Oct. 23, 2021 09:32 AM EDT

PALERMO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s right-wing former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, went on trial Saturday charged with kidnapping for refusing in 2019 to allow a Spanish migrant rescue ship to dock in Sicily, keeping the people onboard at sea for days. It is the...

Survivors of 2013 shipwreck honor dead on Italian island

Oct. 03, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — Survivors of a 2013 capsizing, one of the Mediterranean's more deadly migrant tragedies, on Sunday joined residents of a tiny Italian isle in an anniversary ceremony to honor the 368 people who died. Participants in the memorial tossed flowers...

686 migrants dock in Lampedusa in biggest arrival in years

Sep. 28, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — A rusty, overloaded fishing boat carrying 686 people docked on the island of Lampedusa in the single biggest arrival of migrants in Italy in years, amid new diplomatic efforts by Mediterranean governments to seek more European help in handling migrant flows. ...

Court acquits associate of Italy's ex-premier of Mafia deal

Sep. 23, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — An appeals court in Palermo, Sicily, acquitted a close associate of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday of having negotiated with the Mafia during the 1990s. In 2018, a lower court convicted Marcello Dell’Utri, who had been a senator for...