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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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Italian populist parties lead national elections

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/05/18, 10:24 am

Italy’s populist and anti-establishment parties emerged with the biggest wins in Sunday’s national elections, according to preliminary results. But none of the parties secured enough votes to govern without a coalition, a fractured result that could lead to a hung parliament. The anti-establishment Five Star Movement party, led by 31-year-old Luigi Di Maio, emerged with 32 percent of the vote.

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Threat level ‘high’ for great-power conflict

International | National intelligence director says risk greater ‘than at any time since the Cold War’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/14/18, 02:55 pm

UNITED STATES: The risk of conflict among great powers “is higher than at any time since the Cold War,” according to the worldwide threat assessment delivered to Congress Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Contrary to statements by President Donald Trump about the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, the Coats report indicates ISIS “probably will maintain” its insurgency in Iraq and Syria “as part of a long-term strategy.”

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