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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 forces new standoff, refuses to let migrants disembark

ROME  — Italy’s hard-line interior minister refused Thursday to let 67 migrants disembark from an Italian coast guard ship until an investigation determines whether any of them had violently threatened their rescuers to prevent being returned to Libya. The Diciotti ship pulled into the port of Trapani after taking on board the migrants from an … Continue reading ROME | Italy forces new standoff, refuses to let migrants disembark

ROME | Italian driver says how Clooney’s scooter ‘slammed’ his car

ROME — The driver of a station wagon hit by George Clooney‘s scooter in Italy says he was waiting to turn when a scooter whizzed by, then the actor’s slammed into him. Italian news agency ANSA, reporting Wednesday from Sardinia, quoted Antonello Viglino as saying he was “stationary on the roadway,” ready to turn left … Continue reading ROME | Italian driver says how Clooney’s scooter ‘slammed’ his car

ROME | The Latest: German official notes 69 birthday deportations

ROME — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Germany’s top security official has made light of the fact that his country deported 69 asylum-seekers to Afghanistan — on his 69th birthday. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer remarked on the number Tuesday, but said of the deportation flight: … Continue reading ROME | The Latest: German official notes 69 birthday deportations

ROME | UN: June saw “exceptional” rate of deaths in sea off Libya

ROME— Roughly one of every six migrants who set out in traffickers’ unseaworthy boats from Libya perished at sea last month, U.N. refugee agency officials said on Friday. The period corresponds to crackdowns launched by Italy and Malta against private rescue boats operating in the area. Even taking into account that traffickers often send out … Continue reading ROME | UN: June saw “exceptional” rate of deaths in sea off Libya

ROME | Italy calls for end to arms embargo on Libya

ROME — Italy’s interior minister on Thursday called for the end of the international arms embargo on Libya, saying weapons and migrant traffickers disregard it anyway. Matteo Salvini made the appeal at a news conference in Rome with a deputy prime minister of the U.N. -backed Libyan government in Tripoli, Ahmed Maiteeg. The minister added … Continue reading ROME | Italy calls for end to arms embargo on Libya