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Italy threatens to return migrants to Libya in new standoff

Italy's firebrand interior minister threatened yesterday to return to Libya 177 migrants who have been aboard an Italian coast guard ship for days following another standoff with Malta......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 19th, 2018

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

ROME, Italy – Another 450 migrants on board two Frontex vessels were stranded at sea on Saturday, July 14, as Italy and Malta locked horns over whose responsibility it was to offer them safe harbor.  The migrants had initially set sail from Libya in a single wooden vessel which was identified early ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Italy to demand closure of ports to international migrant ships

ROME, Italy – Italy wants to prevent ships operating for "international missions" from bringing migrants rescued off Libya to Italian ports, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Sunday, July 8. "On Thursday, I will put on the European table at Innsbruck a demand to close Italian ports to ships of international missions," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

60 migrants refused by Italy, Malta arrive in Spain

Barcelona --- A rescue ship carrying 60 migrants arrived Wednesday in a Spanish port after being refused entry by Italy and Malta, the second time in a month that a humanitarian group has been forced to travel for days to unload people rescued in the central Mediterranean. The Italian government is blocking private rescue boats that it blames for encouraging human traffickers to launch unseaworthy boats loaded with migrants toward Europe. But the aid groups deny having any link to smugglers in Libya or elsewhere, and say they are being forced to leave unattended the busy migrant sea transit route where deaths are mounting while they make the long journey to Spain. The Open Arms ...Keep on reading: 60 migrants refused by Italy, Malta arrive in Spain.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Spain NGO ship saves 59 migrants, Italy refuses access

MADRID, Spain – A Spanish NGO said Saturday, June 30 it had rescued 59 migrants as they tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya, drawing condemnation from Italy's far-right interior minister who said they were not welcome in his country. The news comes a day after 3 babies were found dead ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Italy s interior minister in Libya for migrant crisis talks

Italy's firebrand interior minister vowed on Monday to do everything possible to help Libya stem the flow of migrants and develop itself commercially, saying Italy wants Europe to view its former colony as a "great opportunity" and not a problem......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Migrants accuse Italy of responsibility for Libyan abuses

Seventeen Nigerian survivors of a 2017 migrant boat sinking have filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights accusing Italy of violating their human rights by "subcontracting" their rescue to Libya......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

600 migrants rescued; fears rise of new surge from Libya

MILAN — Some 600 migrants rescued at sea arrived yesterday in Sicily — one of the biggest influxes since Italy struck a deal with Libyan authorities to limit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2017

Italy gives first of 10 boats to Libya for migrant rescues

GAETA — Italy has given the Libyan coast guard the first two of 10 boats to rescue migrants from foundering smugglers' boats, as part of a strategy Rome hope.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2017

Calm seas, greedy smugglers: Italy saves over 6,000 migrants

ROME — Profit-hungry smugglers are taking advantage of calm seas off Libya to launch unseaworthy boats, crowded with migrants, toward Italy......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2017

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya – Italy coastguard

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya – Italy coastguard.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2017

Turkey bans Dutch ambassador as diplomatic crisis escalates – The Guardian

Turkey has suspended high-level political contacts with the Netherlands and threatened to re-evaluate a key deal to halt the flow of migrants to Europe in a dramatic escalation of its diplomatic row with EU member states. Numan Kurtulmuş, a deputy prime minister and chief government spokesman, said on Monday that the Dutch ambassador, who is on leave, would not be allowed to return in response to a ban on Turkish ministers speaking at rallies in the Netherlands. Turkey would also close its airspace to Dutch diplomats, Kursulmuş said, adding: “There is a crisis and a very deep one. We didn’t create this crisis or bring to this stage … Those creating this crisis are responsible for fixing it.” The spokesman’s remarks came hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğandefied pleas from Brussels to tone down his rhetoric, repeating accusations of European “nazism” and warning that his ministers would take their treatment by the Dutch to the European court of human rights. Erdoğan also accused Germany’s Angela Merkel of “supporting terrorists” and criticised her for backing the Dutch in the row over Turkish campaigning abroad before an April referendum on controversial plans to expand his powers. “Mrs Merkel, why are you hiding terrorists in your country? … Why are you not doing anything?” Erdoğan said in an interview with Turkish television. He added that the position adopted by the Dutch and a number of other EU states amounted to nazism. “We can call this neo-nazism. A new nazism tendency.” Merkel had earlier pledged her “full support and solidarity” to the Dutch, saying allegations made twice by Erdoğan this weekend that the Dutch government was acting like Nazis were “completely unacceptable”. The Turkish remarks followed a request on Monday by the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, for Ankara to “refrain from excessive statements and actions”. It was “essential to avoid further escalation and find ways to calm down the situation”, the two said in a joint statement. Jens Stoltenberg, Nato’s secretary general, urged all concerned to “show mutual respect and be calm”. Turkey’s minister for EU affairs, Ömer Çelik, said sanctions against the Netherlands were now likely. “We will surely have sanctions against the latest actions by the Netherlands. We will answer them with these,” he said. The Turkish justice minister, Bekir Bozdağ, said the country would “not allow anyone to play with the honour of the Turkish nation and Turkish state”, while Nurettin Canikli, a deputy prime minister, described Europe as a “very sick man”. The threat made by Kurtulmuş to re-evaluate the deal the EU signed with Ankara in March 2016 that has successfully curbed migration from Turkey to Greece, then onward into the rest of the bloc, will be seen as particularly alarming. Dutch police used dogs and water cannon on Sunday to disperse demonstrators after Turkey’s family minister, Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya, was escorted out of the country and the foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, denied permission to land. The ministers were due to address a rally for some of the 400,000 Turks living in the Netherlands, many of whom are able to vote in the 16 April referendum. Daan Feddo Huisinga, the Dutch chargé d’affaires in Ankara, was summoned to the foreign ministryon Monday to receive formal protests over the “disproportionate, inhumane and humiliating” treatment of the protesters and the improper reception given to the ministers. The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland – all of which have large Turkish immigrant communities – have cited security and other concerns as reasons not to allow Turkish officials to campaign in their countries. But with as many as 1.4 million Turkish voters in Germany alone, Erdoğan cannot afford to ignore the foreign electorate. The standoff has further strained relations already frayed over human rights, while repeated indications from Erdoğan that he could personally try to address rallies in EU countries risk further inflaming the situation. The row also looks likely to dim further Turkey’s prospects of joining the EU, a process that has been under way for more than 50 years. “The formal end of accession negotiations with Turkey now looks inevitable,” the German commentator Daniel Brössler wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Austria’s chancellor, Christian Kern, called on Monday for an EU-wide ban on Turkish rallies, saying it would take pressure off individual countries. But Merkel’s chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, said that while accession talks could be halted, he had doubts as to whether the bloc should collectively decide on a rally ban. Analysts said the Turkish president was using the crisis to show voters that his strong leadership was needed against a Europe he routinely presents as hostile. Erdoğan is “looking for ‘imagined’ foreign enemies to boost his nationalist base in the run-up to the referendum,” said Soner Cagaptay, the director of the Turkish Research Programme at the Washington Institute. Marc Pierini, the EU’s former envoy to Turkey, said he saw no immediate solution to the crisis because “the referendum outcome in Turkey is very tight and the leadership will do everything to ramp up the nationalist narrative to garner more votes”. In the medium term, Pierini said: “One can hope the fever will subside. Yet bridges have been burned at a personal level: using a ‘nazi’ narrative is extreme … and will probably prevent any summit meeting between the EU and Turkey for a while.” Erdoğan last week accused Germany of “Nazi [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 14th, 2017

Italy rescues 630 migrants drifting off Libya

Italy rescues 630 migrants drifting off Libya.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2017

On call with Trump, Italy s leader discusses NATO, migrants

MILAN — Italy's prime minister emphasized the significance of NATO and outlined a new agreement between Italy and Libya to fight human trafficking during a p.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

Over 1,750 migrants rescued as Italy, Libya ink agreement

Over 1,750 migrants rescued as Italy, Libya ink agreement.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2017

At least 32 migrants dead off Libya – Italy coast guard

At least 32 migrants dead off Libya – Italy coast guard.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2016

Nine dead as Italy rescues 6,055 migrants on disaster anniversary

Italy's coastguard said nine corpses were recovered in operations in which 6,055 people were rescued off Libya Monday, three years to the day after 366 people died in the sinking that first alerted the world to the Mediterranean migrant crisis......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 4th, 2016

UN: 235,000 migrants ready to head to Italy

ROME: Some 235,000 migrants in Libya are ready to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Italy as soon as the opportunity arises, UN envoy Martin Kobler said in an interview published Thursday. According to Italy's interior ministry, nearly 128,400 .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 15th, 2016

235,000 migrants ready to head to Italy: UN

Some 235,000 migrants in Libya are ready to make the dangerous Mediterranean crossing to Italy as soon as the opportunity arises, UN envoy Martin Kobler said in an interview published Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 15th, 2016

Italy says 6,500 migrants rescued since Thursday

The Italian coastguard said the bodies of five migrants were recovered from the Mediterranean Sunday, while more than 6,500 people had been rescued off Libya since Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 1st, 2016

Pogba has no regrets about United move ahead of Turin return

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Paul Pogba insists he has no regrets about leaving Juventus to rejoin Manchester United. Pogba was signed by United for a then-world record fee of $116 million from Juventus in 2016, ending a four-year spell at the Italian club during which he won four Serie A titles and two Italian Cup trophies. Since then, Pogba has won the Europa League and League Cup with Manchester United, while Juventus went on to secure two more league and cup doubles and reached the final of the Champions League. "Choosing to come back to United, first of all, was my choice. Juve were playing Champions League and Manchester were playing Europa. I don't regret my choice," Pogba said at Tuesday's news conference ahead of United's Champions League match against Juventus. "I know Manchester in the last few years haven't been at the top, but I came back to help the team and get them back to the top. We have a lot of goals. For me, it's not changed, I don't regret it at all. I'm very happy to come back to United and I'm sure we will come back to the best." Pogba was stripped of vice captaincy duties by United coach Jose Mourinho at the end of September for speaking out about his team's style of play. The France World Cup winner's relationship with Mourinho has appeared strained at times — last season as well as this campaign. "One thing is what the press says, and another thing is what Paul says and of course another thing is what I say," said Mourinho, who was sat next to Pogba at the news conference. "The press says we have a terrible relationship, Paul some weeks ago said we had a typical coach-player relationship, I think we have a good relationship. I would classify it as a good relationship between a coach and a football player." There have been question marks over Pogba's future at United but when the 25-year-old was asked if he is happy at the club, he responded with a smile: "Why? Do I look sad?" "I'm really happy, I'm happy to wear this shirt. It's a big club and at a big club there is always talk.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018