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Italy impounds migrant rescue ship

International | Nonprofits and governments clash over how to handle seafaring refugees
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/20/18, 03:28 pm

Italian authorities seized the ship of humanitarian rescue group Proactiva Open Arms after a showdown at sea between the rescuers and the Libyan coast guard. Italy accused the group of enabling illegal migration after it picked up more than 200 migrants at sea on Thursday and refused to turn them over to Libyan authorities. The row is the latest between humanitarian rescue groups and Italian authorities, who accuse the rescuers of exacerbating the migrant crisis.

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Church dedicated to Christians martyred in Libya

International | A new Coptic house of worship in Egypt honors 21 men beheaded by ISIS
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/02/18, 11:38 am

EGYPT: Three years after Islamic State (ISIS) militants beheaded 21 Christians on a beach in Libya, a new church has been dedicated to them in the Egyptian village of Al-Aour, home to 13 of the men who went to Libya for work.

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Orlando shooter’s wife stands trial

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/01/18, 11:41 am

Jury selection began Thursday in the trial of the widow of the gunman who killed 49 people in a shooting spree in an Orlando nightclub in June 2016. Police responding to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub killed suspect Omar Mateen, and now his wife, Noor Salman, is charged with obstruction of justice and aiding the support of a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say Salman knew about the attack in advance, a claim she denies. A nurse and psychologist who examined Salman said her husband abused her and she was afraid to ask him about his plans, according to court documents.

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