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Europe's once biggest migrant center closes in Italy

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says the future is 'in smaller and more controlled centers,' after the final inhabitants were removed last week to be sent to another center in Calabria

MINEO. A view of the 24-hectare complex of the Cara Mineo, a hosting center for asylum seekers. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits area near Sicily's Mount Etna

Dec 26, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The earthquake is the strongest in the region after Mount Etna erupted on December 24, spewing ash and forcing the temporary closure of Sicilian airspace

MOUNT ETNA. Smoke rises near the city of Catania during an eruption of the Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world on December 24, 2018. Photo by Giovanni Isolino/AFP

Trump aims to mend Muslim ties on 1st foreign trip

May 20, 2017 - 12:02 PM

US President Donald Trump tweets he will be strongly protecting American interests in his marathan 8 day trip to the Middle East and Europe

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1. Photo by Mandal Ngan/AFP

Trump takes perilous first steps on world stage

May 20, 2017 - 7:33 AM

US President Donald Trump will make 6 stops in 8 days holding countless face to face meetings with world leaders like Saudi s King Salman and Pope Francis

FIRST FOREIGN TRIP. US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4. Photo by Mandael Ngan/AFP


Thousands of migrants cross Macedonia, Serbia heading for EU

Aug 23, 2015 - 9:10 PM

More than 6 000 refugees and migrants crosses into Serbia where 8 huge UN refugee agency tents were set up in the border village of Miratovac

EXODUS. Syrian and other nationalities refugees board a refugee processing ship in the harbour of Kos, on the Greek island Kos, Greece, late August 15, 2015. Odysseus/EPA

New figures show scale of EU’s migrant crisis

Aug 19, 2015 - 9:55 AM

EU border agency Frontex reported that its latest figures far outstripped the previous monthly record in June of 70 000

EXODUS. Syrian and other nationalities refugees board a refugee processing ship in the harbour of Kos, on the Greek island Kos, Greece, late August 15, 2015. Odysseus/EPA

Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya

Aug 05, 2015 - 11:34 PM

The so called central Mediterranean route proved by far the deadliest with just over 1 930 people dying as they tried to cross from Libya to Italy

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Italy threatens to 'hurt' Europe if it doesn't get help with migrants

Jun 14, 2015 - 4:53 PM

UPDATED The EU is having difficulty getting consensus for its proposed migrant distribution plan but Italy is hoping an EU summit on 25 June will go even further

A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on 13 May 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterraean. Crown Copyright/EPA

Backlash grows as Italy migrant arrivals top 50,000

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:00 AM

UPDATED Italy s wealthy North vow that it will refuse to accommodate any more migrants as thousands more are rescued in the Mediterranean by a multinational flotilla of ships

LOOKOUT. A handout photo made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) on June 7, 2015 of a Royal Marine (R) preparing to receive rescued migrants safely onboard an HMS Bulwark Landing Craft during Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean on June 7, 2015. ETWE (CIS) L George/Royal Navy/MOD/Handout/EPA

More than 700 migrants rescued in Mediterranean

May 29, 2015 - 7:45 AM

Some 1 770 migrants are reported to have died on the hazardous journey to Europe according to the International Organization for Migration a 30 fold increase on the same period in 2014

MIGRANTS. A handout photograph made avaiable by the British Ministry of Defence showing 369 migrants crammed into a heavily overcrowded wooden hulled boat which was located in the waters just north of Libya on 28 May 2015. ET WE(CIS) Louise George / British Ministry of Defense/EPA

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan

May 20, 2015 - 9:09 AM

The development comes as opposition mushroomed to controversial plans for quotas to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe

RESCUED. A handout image released by the German Bundeswehr armed forces on May 15, 2015 of migrants boarding German Navy's frigate 'Hessen' at sea in the Mediterranea off the Libya coast, May 14, 2015. Bundeswehr/Pao Mittelmeert/Handout/EPA

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis

May 19, 2015 - 10:41 AM

But the EU is still waiting for a UN resolution that will allow it to destroy boats that belong to people smugglers in Libyan waters where political turmoil has created safe harbor for traffickers

RESCUED. A landing craft prepares to dock onto HMS Bulwark after rescuing around 100 migrants from an inflatable boat around 40 miles off the coast of Libya on May 13, 2015. Crown Copyright 2015/AFP

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers

May 18, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The unprecedented mission starting in June will involve the deployment of warships and surveillance aircraft off the coast of Libya

RESCUE. A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on May 13, 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean. Carl Osmond/UK MOD/Handout/EPA

EU urges UN to back migrant crisis plan

May 12, 2015 - 11:42 AM

The EU plan due to be finalized at a Brussels meeting on May 18 has run into resistance from Russia and African countries that see it as too heavily focused on military action

Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, addresses the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, 11 May 2015, United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

New migrant deaths in Mediterranean; 5,800 rescued

May 04, 2015 - 12:25 AM

UPDATED The number rescued this weekend is one of the highest recorded in recent years raising fears that the tide of people risking their lives to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East has not been slowed by recent disasters

EU faces fury after new migrant shipwreck tragedy

Apr 16, 2015 - 9:02 AM

How many more people have to die before European governments acknowledge that relying on a patchwork quilt of resources for search and rescue operations is not enough?

SEA RESCUE. In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on April 13, 2015 a boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera takes part in a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily on April 12, 2015. Guardia Costiera/AFP

Up to 400 migrants die in boat capsize off Libya – survivors

Apr 15, 2015 - 11:21 AM

The latest tragedy came as Italian authorities said around 8 500 migrants had been rescued at sea between Friday April 10 and Monday

SEA RESCUE. In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on April 13, 2015 a boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera takes part in a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily on April 12, 2015. Guardia Costiera/AFP

Italy rescues 1,500 migrants in Mediterranean in one day

Apr 06, 2015 - 8:55 AM

In a separate incident on Saturday 318 migrants are brought to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo after being rescued off Libya by an Icelandic navy ship

In this file handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015, after being rescued by Italian Coastguard from the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Italian Coast Guard Press Office/Handout/EPA

Fury as new tragedy at sea exposes holes in Europe's migrant safety net

Feb 11, 2015 - 8:45 AM

The deaths highlight the limited means and scope of Triton an EU run mission which took over in November from the Italian navy s Mare Nostrum search and rescue operation

A handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015, after being rescued by Italian Coastguard from the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Italian Coast Guard press office/Handout/EPA

Sicilian judge Sergio Mattarella elected Italian president

Jan 31, 2015 - 10:46 PM

The 73 year old Sicilian who was backed by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi s center left Democratic Party PD succeeds the hugely popular Giorgio Napolitano who is stepping down because of his advanced age

NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT. Renowned for his integrity, Sergio Mattarella entered politics after his elder brother was murdered by the Sicilian Mafia. Photo by AFP

50 die after boat carrying migrants sinks off Sicily

Oct 12, 2013 - 2:31 AM

UPDATED Among the fatalities are a dozen children

Entertainment wRap: Stone, Hemingway, Gandolfini

Jun 23, 2013 - 12:07 PM

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