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Italy's Salvini pledges to move migrant centers to N. Africa

Aug. 04, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s firebrand former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, put migration at the center of his electoral campaign during a visit Thursday to Italy’s southernmost island of Lampedusa, a gateway for tens of thousands of people crossing the perilous central Mediterranean Sea to...

EU court limits national checks for migrant rescue ships

Aug. 01, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court ruled Monday that national maritime authorities cannot impound ships involved in search-and-rescue work on suspicion that they might be overloaded due to the number of migrants they plucked from the sea. The European Court of Justice...

Rescue ship gets OK to bring 438 rescued migrants to Italy

Jul. 29, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian organization's maritime rescue ship was sailing Friday to the Italian mainland to disembark 438 migrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, where many people smugglers are based. Sea-Watch said the ship was expected to reach...

Italy opens humanitarian corridor for 300 Afghan refugees

Jul. 25, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The first of some 300 Afghan refugees arrived in Rome on Monday along a new humanitarian corridor organized by the Italian government, charities and international organizations, Italy's Foreign Ministry announced. The humanitarian corridor aims to give “additional...

Mediterranean ships find 5 dead, rescue over 1,100 migrants

Jul. 24, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian vessels have recovered five bodies and rescued 674 people packed on a fishing boat adrift in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard said Sunday, while European charities reported saving more than 500 more. Some of the survivors had to...

Italy relocates migrants after Lampedusa center overwhelmed

Jul. 09, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian navy on Saturday began relocating the first 600 migrants from the Sicilian island of Lampedusa after its refugee identification center became overwhelmed with new arrivals and photos circulated of filthy conditions. July has seen a sustained uptick in daily...

Italy's No. 2 most-wanted mobster is extradited from Brazil

Jul. 06, 2022 08:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A convicted mobster who was one of Italy's most-wanted fugitives and reputedly one of the world's most powerful drug brokers, arrived in Rome Wednesday, extradited by Brazil after 28 years on the lam. Rocco Morabito held the No. 2 position on the list of Italy’s most...

Hot weekend for Europe, officials warn of extreme fire risk

Jun. 18, 2022 11:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — People flocked to parks and pools across Western Europe on Saturday for a bit of respite from an early heat wave that saw the mercury rise above 40 C (104 F) in France and Spain. In Germany, where highs of 38 C (100.4 F) were expected, the health minister urged...

Italy imports more Russian oil despite impending embargo

Jun. 01, 2022 03:39 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Even as the European Union decided to reduce Russian crude oil imports by 90% by the end of the year, Italy has become the only country in Europe to increase them, an unintended consequence of EU sanctions against Russia. Meant to punish Russia for invading Ukraine,...

Italy opens Sicilian port to nearly 300 rescued migrants

May. 30, 2022 10:41 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Ocean Viking rescue ship brought 294 migrants rescued over the last 10 days in the central Mediterranean to a port in Sicily on Monday, as the number of migrant arrivals surges by one-third over last year's levels. The SOS Mediterranee charity criticized Italy for...