Matteo Salvini

ROME | Ethnic African athlete latest injured in Italy racism cases

ROME — An ethnic Nigerian, Italian athlete, wounded in the eye by an egg hurled from a passing car, is the latest known victim of a rash of attacks in Italy linked to possible racism. Italy’s anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini dismissed as “nonsense” concerns Monday about a “racism emergency in Italy.” Discus thrower Daisy … Continue reading ROME | Ethnic African athlete latest injured in Italy racism cases

BERLIN | The Latest: Italy wants to pay less to help asylum-seekers

BERLIN — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 10 p.m. Italy’s hard-line interior minister is taking steps to reduce the amount of money Italy spends on asylum-seekers, decreeing that only some will get expanded social services aimed at helping them integrate. The interior ministry said a directive designates two levels of services: … Continue reading BERLIN | The Latest: Italy wants to pay less to help asylum-seekers

ROME | Food sent to migrants off Sicily as Italy awaits EU offers

ROME — Another day’s worth of food and beverages was being sent Sunday to a pair of military ships off Sicily as Italy waited for more European nations to pledge to take a share of the hundreds of migrants on board before allowing the asylum-seekers to step off onto Italian soil. Germany agreed to accept … Continue reading ROME | Food sent to migrants off Sicily as Italy awaits EU offers

ROME | Italy transfers migrants off ship, but refuses them entry

ROME — Italy transferred 451 migrants from a big fishing boat onto two border patrol vessels Saturday in the Mediterranean Sea, but the migrants’ ultimate destination remained uncertain after Italy’s hard-line interior minister insisted they should be sent to Malta or Libya instead. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who has forced migration to the top of … Continue reading ROME | Italy transfers migrants off ship, but refuses them entry

ROME |The Latest: Turkish coast guard rescues 34 stranded migrants

ROME — The Latest on the migrant crisis in Europe (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Turkey’s state-run news agency says that Turkish coast guard helicopters have rescued 34 migrants who were stranded on a small island in the Aegean Sea,. Anadolu Agency said the group, which included at least five children, was trapped on Bogaz … Continue reading ROME |The Latest: Turkish coast guard rescues 34 stranded migrants

ROME  | Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats

ROME  — Italian prosecutors are investigating alleged threats by migrants against a tugboat crew who rescued them in the sea off Libya. An Italian coast guard vessel brought back 67 migrants Thursday night to Trapani, in western Sicily. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has said a Sudanese and a Ghanaian among the migrants allegedly tried to … Continue reading ROME  | Rescued migrants questioned in Sicily about alleged threats

INNSBRUCK, Austria  | The Latest: France takes in 78 refugees rescued at sea

INNSBRUCK, Austria  — The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local): 1:45 p.m. France has taken in a group of 78 asylum-seekers, mainly from Eritrea and Sudan, after their charity rescue ship was blocked form ports in Italy and Malta. The French Interior Ministry said the group arrived in France on Thursday from Spain, … Continue reading INNSBRUCK, Austria  | The Latest: France takes in 78 refugees rescued at sea

VALLETTA, Malta | The Latest: Italy wants crackdown on humanitarian protection

VALLETTA, Malta — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister wants tighter criteria for granting humanitarian protection to migrants rescued at sea. Matteo Salvini says he has asked authorities to speed up processing asylum requests and be more “rigorous” before granting internationally recognized forms … Continue reading VALLETTA, Malta | The Latest: Italy wants crackdown on humanitarian protection