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Sierra Leone + 4 others
Ebola: Farnesina earmarks another 1.5m euro for emergency

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has outlined an approximately 1.5 million eo emergency intervention programme to fight the Ebola epidemic affecting some Western African countries.

The Italian Cooperation has earmarked 240,000 euro for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to send doctors, medical supplies and equipment, and boost epidemiological surveillance and provide logistical support and coordination to emergency response activities.

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World + 8 others
Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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World + 8 others
Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days

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Italy + 4 others
Mediterranean Migrant Deaths Multiply in Summer Sailing Season

The series of tragedies last weekend in the Mediterranean marks one of the deadliest periods of 2014, with an estimated 230 migrants lost and presumed dead.

Witnesses described to IOM seeing the corpses of 18 African men in one craft that had to be abandoned Sunday 120 nautical miles from the Italian coastline, the same day after another 6 passengers drowned after a fishing boat capsized with some 370 migrants on board.

Earlier, on Saturday, about 200 migrants went missing during a shipwreck 32 nautical miles off the Libyan coasts.

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Malta + 1 other
First private op to rescue boat migrants launched

08/25/2014 22:29 GMT

VALLETTA, August 25, 2014 (AFP) - The first privately-funded operation to rescue boat immigrants in the Mediterranean launched Monday, as a ship owned by an Italian-American couple set off from Malta for a 60-day mission to scour the sea for people in distress.

The 40-foot-long Phoenix I, equipped with drones to spot migrants in distress, set sail after a series of shipwrecks this weekend left at least 200 people dead.

The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is the brainchild of Italian Regina Catrambone and her American husband Christopher.

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Italy + 3 others
Deadly migrant crossings push issue up EU agenda

08/26/2014 13:38 GMT

by Angus MACKINNON

ROME, August 26, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy said Tuesday it had recovered 24 corpses from the latest capsize of a boat carrying migrants from Africa, as EU officials debated action over the perilous efforts to reach European shores.

More than 300 would-be immigrants have been killed in recent days in disasters asea in the Mediterranean, many near Italy.

The 24 bodies were recovered after a fishing boat with nearly 400 people on board went down off Libya on Sunday evening.

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Italy + 3 others
EU 'appalled' by migrant dead off Italy

08/24/2014 13:27 GMT

BRUSSELS, August 24, 2014 (AFP) - The European Union's Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said Sunday she was "appalled" by a new report that migrants had died trying to cross the Mediterranean to get to Italy.

"I am appalled by these new tragedies at sea and I express my condolences to the victims and their families," she said in a statement, adding that she would meet with Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Wednesday in Brussels to discuss the latest developments.

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Libya + 1 other
More than 250 migrants may have died in shipwreck off Libya

Source: Reuters - Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:19 GMT
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TRIPOLI, Aug 24 (Reuters) - More than 250 migrants may have died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, a coastguard official said on Sunday

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Italy + 1 other
Exploited in the southern sun

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FOGGIA, Italy — Clustered around abandoned farmhouses outside Foggia, deep in the rural heel of Italy, a campsite of wood and cardboard shanties has become home to more than 1,000 people. Despite the destitution, there's a cheery atmosphere here this summer evening. Afrobeat music booms through the air. An elderly man chops hunks of meat and fires up a grill, filling the air with the smell of spices and smoke.

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Iraq + 1 other
Mogherini-Pinotti approve humanitarian mission for northern populations

An Italian mission on behalf of the populations of northern Iraq was approved by Foreign and Defence Ministers Mogherini and Pinotti. A 6-flight air bridge has been arranged through UNICEF to bring 36 tonnes of water, 14 tonnes of protein biscuits, 200 tents and 400 sleeping bags.

The Minister for Defence has made a C130J Air Force transport plane available, complete with crew and Army specialists.

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Spain + 1 other
Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

08/13/2014 18:01 GMT

by Laure FILLON

MADRID, August 13, 2014 (AFP) - Spain and Italy struggled to cope Wednesday with a huge surge of African immigrants, plucking more than 2,300 people from flimsy vessels in just 24 hours as they made desperate attempts to reach the shores of southern Europe.

Enticed by a spell of calm weather, the number of Africans risking their lives on dinghies has surged to unprecedented levels, officials said.

Spain's government said it was sending nearly 500 police reinforcements to cope with the flow.

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Italy + 5 others
Boat migrant arrivals to Italy up 500 percent in 2014

08/12/2014 19:57 GMT

WARSAW, August 12, 2014 (AFP) - The number of boat migrants arriving in Italy soared 500 percent in the first half of the year, already topping a 2011 record during the Arab Spring uprisings, EU border agency Frontex said Tuesday,

The Warsaw-based agency said 78,300 people had arrived in the EU by the end of July via the hazardous Mediterranean route from Libya to mainly Italy, but also Malta.

The figure is up from 12,915 during the same period last year.

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Guinea + 1 other
Ebola epidemic. Foreign Ministry following the phenomenon, responds to WHO appeal to donors with 200,000 euros for Guinea

The Italian Foreign Ministry is carefully monitoring the Ebola virus epidemic on the African continent, and has responsed to the World Health Organization’s appeal to donors with a contribution of 200,000 euros for Guinea. With the worsening of the situation on a regional scale, further Italian interventions in coordination with the WHO and the other countries of the European Union are being examined.

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Libya + 6 others
Concern mounts for refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

UNHCR is deeply concerned about the safety of refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya as violence escalates. Almost 37,000 people are registered with UNHCR in Tripoli and Benghazi, with many living in areas heavily damaged by fighting and unable to leave to safer areas due to ongoing clashes.

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Italy + 1 other
Italy navy rescues 2,700 migrants, recovers two bodies

08/04/2014 09:51 GMT

ROME, August 4, 2014 (AFP) - The Italian navy said Monday it had rescued over 2,700 migrants from boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa over the weekend, and recovered two bodies off the coast of Libya.

"Over 2,700 people were rescued between Friday and Sunday by boats taking part in the 'Mare Nostrum' operation," it said in a statement, referring to a large-scale naval deployment that was begun after twin shipwrecks in October in which over 400 migrants died.

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Italy + 1 other
Time Running Out for Refugees Seeking Asylum in Italy

LUCCA, Italy, Aug 1 2014 (IPS) - His journey started four years ago in Conakry, Guinea. Now that Mamoudou* has finally reached Italy, he hopes this will be his final stop.

When he first left his home, his plan was to stay in Libya, but after the 2011 crisis, when Gaddafi’s government was overthrown, life in the country became very hard for migrants. “I was jailed 28 times, and tortured,” he told IPS, “so I decided to come to Italy, because it’s a democracy and I hope I will have a peaceful and secure life here.”

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Lebanon + 9 others
Inter-agency regional response for Syrian refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 20-26 July

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REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

• On 30 July, the Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos briefed the Security Council on the first cross-border operation under SC Resolution 2165 (2014). The operation was carried out on Thursday, 24 July, from Turkey through Bab Al Salam border crossing into Syria and included food, shelter materials, household items and water and sanitation supplies for approximately 26,000 people in Aleppo and Idleb Governorates.

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Italy + 2 others
Migrants at sea highlight need for humanitarian assistance and legal protection

By Andreea Anca, Sr. Communications Officer, EZ

In Sicily, dozens of Italian Red Cross (ItRC) vehicles and ambulances as well as volunteers, receive migrants who land on the southern shores of Italy on a daily basis, exhausted and traumatized after a perilous journey at sea.