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Charities turn on Italy’s government over rise in migrant sea deaths

Rome, Italy Reuters A group of charities accused Italy’s right-wing government on Thursday of obstructing life-saving sea missions and contributing to a sharp rise in migrant deaths, with tough immigration laws it adopted last year. More than 2,600 migrants died or went missing in the Central Mediterranean in the period from February, 2023, to February […]

Pope backs Italian migrant rescue group targeted by prosecutors

Pope Francis poses for a group photo as he meets with Mbengue Nyimbilo Crepin, nicknamed Pato, and the delegation from the Mediterranea Saving Humans, at the Vatican, on 17th November, 2023.

Vatican CityReuters Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke out in favour of an Italian migrant sea rescue charity whose members are facing charges of abetting illegal immigration.  A judge is due to decide on 14th February whether Luca Casarini and five others from the Mediterranea Saving Humans charity should go to trial over the accusations. Pope […]

Thirty migrants missing, 17 rescued after boat capsizes in central Mediterranean

Rome, ItalyReuters Thirty people are missing and 17 were rescued in the central Mediterranean on Sunday after the boat in which they were travelling from Libya capsized in bad weather, Italy’s coast guard said. Rescue operations were ongoing, supported by merchant ships and aerial support by the EU’s border agency Frontex, while two further merchant […]