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400 Feared Lost in 'Most Dangerous Stretch of Water'

Thousands more migrants were saved over the weekend

(Newser) - As many as 400 Libyan migrants are feared dead after the boat they were in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea this weekend, the BBC reports. Italian search and rescue teams have saved roughly 145 people and recovered nine bodies from the accident so far, but survivors claim as many as... More »

At Least 94 Dead, Hundreds Missing in Sicily Shipwreck

Boat was carrying some 500 migrants from Africa

(Newser) - A ship carrying African migrants toward Italy caught fire and capsized off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa today, spilling hundreds of passengers into the sea, officials said. At least 94 bodies have been recovered so far, and 159 people rescued, but more than 200 people are unaccounted for. Pietro Bartolo,... More »

France Halts Italy Trains To Block Immigrants

Row heats up in battle of North Africans fleeing unrest

(Newser) - The showdown between France and Italy over African immigrants reached a new pitch yesterday when French officials stopped Italian trains at a border crossing. Trains carrying immigrants from North Africa were halted for hours, prompting Italian authorities to file official complaints. Italy has granted temporary resident permits to thousands of... More »

Mafia Linked to Italian Race Riots

Squalid conditions, poor pay tied to mobbed-up contractors

(Newser) - The Mafia is suspected of helping to spark Italy's worst race riots in years. More than 1,000 African workers in southern Italy were shipped to detention centers following weekend clashes sparked after a legal immigrant was wounded in a mystery pellet attack. Immigrants blamed racism for the shooting, and... More »

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