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Italy rescues 1,000 migrants amid anger over op costs

04/22/2014 10:05 GMT

ROME, April 22, 2014 (AFP) - Italy has rescued over 1,000 migrants over the past 48 hours, the navy said on Tuesday, amid rising criticism from the political right over the high cost of the operation.

The "Mare Nostrum" (Our Sea) operation, launched last October, plucks people from floundering vessels in the Mediterranean almost daily, at a cost of nine million euros ($12.4 million) a month according to Italian media reports.

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Meeting on a special ‘Made in Italy Plan for the Promotion of Technology Centres’

Rome 10 April 2014

Within the context of the presence in post-2014 Afghanistan of an Italy increasingly committed to fostering economic growth as a fundamental component in the consolidation of the political and security transition, a coordination meeting was held at the foreign ministry in Rome with representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Development, the Agenzia ICE, Confindustria and sector business associations (Marmomacchine, Istituto Internazionale del Marmo, UCIMA and ACIMIT).

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Farnesina makes multilateral emergency contribution to OCHA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will make a multilateral emergency contribution of 200,000 euro to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) for a programme aimed at the satellite monitoring of Syria that will allow the UN to monitor compliance with the obligations set out in Security Council resolution no. 2139 on access to humanitarian aid. The Security Council will receive periodical reports on compliance with international humanitarian law and, in particular, on the Syrian population’s access to humanitarian aid in areas under siege.

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Italy: government fails to protect refugees and asylum seekers

Rome, 8 April 2014 – The economic crisis in Italy has hit refugees in a particularly harsh manner. Even those who were well on the road to becoming self-sufficient have been forced to seek assistance, according the annual report by the Jesuit Refugee Service in Italy (Centro Astalli).

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Italian Red Cross assisting thousands of migrants arriving by boat

More than 4,000 migrants and asylum seekers have arrived by sea to Italy within the past 48-72 hours, and thousands more are expected in the coming weeks and months.

With the European spring having arrived, the seas are calmer and safer, and this normally leads to an increase in migration, which both authorities and aid agencies try to prepare for.

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Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days

GENEVA, April 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone.

Those rescued off the shores of Sicily and Calabria from more than 40 boats included large numbers of women and children, among them newborns and unaccompanied children, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.

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Italian navy op has rescued nearly 20,000 migrants

04/10/2014 14:01 GMT

ROME, April 10, 2014 (AFP) - The Italian navy said on Thursday it had rescued nearly 20,000 migrants since launching a Mediterranean operation following two deadly shipwrecks in October 2013.

Navy chief Giuseppe De Giorgi said the rate of arrivals was increasing "and we are following six boats today".

Five warships are usually deployed with more than 900 military personnel in the ongoing operation.

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Cooperation dispatches humanitarian aid

A flight will be dispatched tomorrow from the Orio al Serio Airport (Bergamo) to the Central African Republic by the Italian Cooperation, carrying aid to the population severely affected by the crisis under way.

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Italy rescues 1,000 migrants as asylum claims shoot up

04/08/2014 11:58 GMT

ROME, April 8, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy on Tuesday said it had rescued more than 1,000 migrants over the past 24 hours, as new data showed a sharp rise in asylum claims, mostly from Syrians.

Italy began a navy operation "Mare Nostrum"(Our Sea) -- a Latin reference to the Mediterranean -- after more than 400 migrants from Eritrea and Syria perished in twin tragedies off Italian shores in October 2013.

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European Union and Italy: Commitment to strengthen Health Services in Sudan

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sudan and the Embassy of Italy – Italian Cooperation issued a joint statement:

Today, the European Union and the Embassy of Italy will jointly launch one of the major health projects in Eastern Sudan. The project was signed in November 2013 during the European Ambassadors visit to East Sudan in a ceremony attended by H.E. Mr. Musa Mohamed Ahmed, Assistant to the President and the governors of Gedarif and Kassala.

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World + 1 other
WMO and Italian National Civil Protection Department Agreement

Posted 25 March 2014

The World Meteorological Organization has signed a cooperation agreement with the Italian National Civil Protection Department. This opens the way for the Italian platform for natural risk management and prevention to be available as an open source to other countries.

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On a high seas rescue mission with the Italian Navy

ON BOARD THE SAN GIUSTO, Mediterranean Sea, March 20 (UNHCR) – The winds and waves decide the fate of those who flee across the Mediterranean. When the gusts push from north to south and the swells off the Libyan coast are animated, asylum-seekers remain hidden in small houses with their smugglers. But when the weather clears and the air currents stir from south to north, they meet on the seaside where they board grey rubber rafts and colourful wooden boats and make their way toward the watery horizon.

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Over 4,000 Irregular Migrants Arrive in Sicily in Three Days

Italy - An unprecedented 4,457 migrants and asylum seekers have reached Sicily in the past three days. On Wednesday 2,307 migrants landed on the island. A further 550 arrived on Thursday and today (21/3) another 1,600 are arriving today. Ten more boats, believed to be carrying migrants, have also been spotted in the Channel of Sicily.

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Italy rescues 600 Syrian, Palestinian, Eritrean boat migrants

03/18/2014 09:10 GMT

ROME, March 18, 2014 (AFP) - The Italian navy said on Tuesday it had rescued nearly 600 Syrian, Palestinian and Eritrean migrants crossing the Mediterranean in two overcrowded boats, including 62 minors.

The Italian frigate Grecale pulled 323 Syrians and Palestinians to safety late on Monday, after helping rescue another 273 migrants from Eritrea, who were taken aboard the gunboat Sfinge, the navy said in a statement.

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Seven refugees from Camp Hurriya (formerly Camp Ashraf) received by Italy

As part of the humanitarian effort by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry for Home Affairs, 7 Iranian refugees arrived in Italy today from Camp Hurriya, in Iraq. Their arrival in our country is a response to the numerous appeals by the United Nations to find an agreed solution, one that is fully respectful of human rights, for the former residents of Camp Ashraf. It was promoted by the Farnesina in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Italian navy rescues 600 migrants from six boats

02/26/2014 10:44 GMT

ROME, February 26, 2014 (AFP) - The Italian navy said on Wednesday it had rescued nearly 600 migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa over the past 24 hours in an operation launched after two shipwrecks in which hundreds drowned.

"The Navy has rescued 596 migrants on six vessels," including three rubber dinghies, it said in a statement.

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Bolivia: Emergencia Inundaciones, 2014 Reporte de Situación No. 03 (al 18 de febrero de 2014)

Destacados

  • La Gobernación de La Paz, declaró en desastre a las 20 provincias que componen el departamento por los daños que están provocando las lluvias.

  • El Departamento de Chuquisaca se declaró en Emergencia Departamental; ya son 6 los departamentos declarados en Emergencia Departamental de un total de 9 departamentos.

  • De los 339 municipios que conforman el país, 143 están afectados (43%), especialmente en Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, Beni, La Paz, Potosí y Santa Cruz.

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Unión Europea apoya con más Bs 10 millones para damnificados en regiones anegadas

La Paz, 19 feb (ABI).- El jefe de la Unión Europea (UE) en Bolivia, Timothy Torlot, informó el miércoles que los países miembros de esa delegación apoyan al país con más de 10 millones de bolivianos, para la atención a los damnificados en las diferentes regiones anegadas del país.

'Hemos trabajado con los Estados miembros de la Unión Europea, para coordinar la actuación, hasta ahora y todavía estamos trabajando en esfuerzos humanitarios, el monto de apoyo de la Unión Europea en efectivo y en especies está a más de 10 millones de bolivianos, es 1,65 millones de euros', indicó.

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Ship rescues refugees off Italy, finds two bodies

02/18/2014 10:51 GMT

ROME, February 18, 2014 (AFP) - A Greek cargo ship rescued over 120 refugees believed to be Somalis and recovered two bodies from a boat off Italy's Lampedusa island, the site of two deadly shipwrecks last year, the coast guard said Tuesday.

The refugees were picked up by the Rizopon, which is taking them to the Sicilian port of Augusta, where they are expected to arrive later Tuesday.

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Italian navy saves over 1,000 boat migrants

02/17/2014 10:36 GMT

ROME, February 17, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy said Monday it had saved over 1,000 migrants taking the perilous journey by boat across the Mediterranean this weekend, including 64 minors and a newborn baby.

Several boats carrying a total of 1,079 people were spotted and assisted since Friday, and the majority of them were being transported to the port of Augusta in Sicily on an Italian warship, the navy said in a statement.

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