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ROME | Migrants aboard Italian coast guard ship begin hunger strike

ROME — Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won’t let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them, authorities said, in the latest standoff provoked by Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister. … Continue reading ROME | Migrants aboard Italian coast guard ship begin hunger strike

CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: Italian minister cancels trip to France

CATANIA, Sicily (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Italy’s finance minister has canceled a planned meeting in Paris with his French counterpart after the two countries clashed over Italy’s decision to refuse entry to a migrant rescue ship. The office of Finance Minister Giovanni Tria … Continue reading CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: Italian minister cancels trip to France

CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: UN refugee chief: migrants dispute is ‘shameful’

CATANIA, Sicily — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 2:15 p.m. The U.N. refugee agency chief says a bitter dispute over which European country should take in a rescue boat carrying hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean is “profoundly shameful” for the European Union. Filippo Grandi railed against the … Continue reading CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: UN refugee chief: migrants dispute is ‘shameful’

CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: Austria, Germany to work with Italy on migrants

CATANIA, Sicily — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The leader of Austria and Germany’s conservative interior minister say their countries will cooperate with Italy to tackle the problem of illegal migration. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said an “axis of the willing” between Rome, Vienna and Berlin … Continue reading CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: Austria, Germany to work with Italy on migrants

CATANIA, Sicily  | The Latest: Italy tells France to do its bit, stop criticism

CATANIA, Sicily — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Italy is challenging France to take in the migrants it promised to under an EU agreement, and has accused France of turning back some 10,000 migrants at Italy’s northern border. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini blasted the French critique … Continue reading CATANIA, Sicily  | The Latest: Italy tells France to do its bit, stop criticism

CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: Rescue ship should reach Spanish port Wednesday

CATANIA, Sicily — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 10:45 a.m. The co-founder of the SOS Mediterranee charity says three ships carrying 629 migrants are expected to arrive around Saturday night at the Spanish port of Valencia, depending on weather conditions. Sophie Beau said Wednesday in a news conference … Continue reading CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: Rescue ship should reach Spanish port Wednesday

CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: 932 migrants reach Sicily as 2nd ship sails on

CATANIA, Sicily — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Italy’s coast guard says its ship Diciotti has brought 932 migrants to shore in Catania, Sicily, as a diplomatic standoff continues over Italy’s refusal to let another rescue ship dock. The Diciotti was also carrying the corpses of … Continue reading CATANIA, Sicily | The Latest: 932 migrants reach Sicily as 2nd ship sails on

CATANIA, Sicily  | The Latest: Italy summons French ambassador in migrant spat

CATANIA, Sicily — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 9:25 a.m. Italy has summoned the French ambassador for consultations after French President Emmanuel Macron criticized what he called Italy’s cynicism and irresponsibility in turning away a migrant rescue ship with more than 600 people aboard. A statement from the … Continue reading CATANIA, Sicily  | The Latest: Italy summons French ambassador in migrant spat