Political refugees

In this photo taken on Friday, June 1, 2018 the rescue vessel Aquarius ship approaches the Pozzallo harbor, Southern Italy. Spain stepped up Monday, June 11, 2018 and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. Italy and Malta quickly thanked Spain's new Socialist prime minister for the offer to receive aid group SOS Mediterranee's ship at the port of Valencia. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
June 11, 2018 - 7:12 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's new "Italians first" government claimed victory Monday when the Spanish prime minister offered safe harbor to a private rescue ship after Italy and Malta refused to allow it permission to disembark its 629 migrant passengers in their ports. The Aquarius, a rescue vessel operated...
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In this photo taken on Friday, June 1, 2018 the rescue vessel Aquarius ship approaches the Pozzallo harbor, Southern Italy. Spain stepped up Monday, June 11, 2018 and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. Italy and Malta quickly thanked Spain's new Socialist prime minister for the offer to receive aid group SOS Mediterranee's ship at the port of Valencia. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
June 11, 2018 - 6:09 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy's new "Italians first" government claimed victory Monday when the Spanish prime minister offered safe harbor to a private rescue ship after Italy and Malta refused to allow it permission to disembark its 629 migrant passengers in their ports. The Aquarius, a rescue vessel operated...
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CORRECTS NAME OF BOAT This undated photo released by by French NGO "SOS Mediterranee" on Monday June 11, 2018 and posted on it's Twitter account, shows migrants about to board the SOS Mediterranee's Aquarius ship and MSF (Doctors Without Borders) NGOs, in the Mediterranean Sea. Italy and Malta dug in for a second day and refused to let the rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people aboard dock in their ports, leaving the migrants at sea as a diplomatic standoff escalated under Italy's new anti-immigrant government. (Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee via AP)
June 11, 2018 - 10:51 am
ROME (AP) — Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. The diplomatic standoff had left the migrants stranded at sea and revealed the brass-knuckled negotiating tactics of Italy's new anti-immigrant government. Italy...
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CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE BOAT FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, African migrants float on a wooden boat next to a rescue ship during a search and rescue operation conducted by SOS Mediterranee's Aquarius ship and MSF (Doctors Without Borders) NGOs, in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Libyan coast. On Monday, June 11, 2018 Italy and Malta dug in for a second day and refused to let the rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people aboard dock in their ports, leaving the migrants at sea as a diplomatic standoff escalated under Italy's new anti-immigrant government. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, file)
June 11, 2018 - 9:46 am
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 3:35 p.m. The leaders of Italy and Malta are thanking Spain for allowing a rescue ship with 629 migrants aboard to dock in Valencia. The Aquarius took on the migrants from human traffickers' boats in the Mediterranean Sea...
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CAPTION CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE BOAT FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017 file photo, African migrants float on a wooden boat next to a rescue ship during a search and rescue operation conducted by SOS Mediterranee's Aquarius ship and MSF (Doctors Without Borders) NGOs, in the Mediterranean Sea, north of Libyan coast. On Monday, June 11, 2018 Italy and Malta dug in for a second day and refused to let the rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people aboard dock in their ports, leaving the migrants at sea as a diplomatic standoff escalated under Italy's new anti-immigrant government. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, file)
June 11, 2018 - 8:52 am
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 2:40 p.m. Spain's new prime minister has ordered authorities to allow a rescue ship carrying 629 migrants to dock in the eastern port of Valenica after the boat was refused by Italy and Malta. A statement sent Monday by...
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CORRECTS NAME OF BOAT This undated photo released by by French NGO "SOS Mediterranee" on Monday June 11, 2018 and posted on it's Twitter account, shows migrants about to board the SOS Mediterranee's Aquarius ship and MSF (Doctors Without Borders) NGOs, in the Mediterranean Sea. Italy and Malta dug in for a second day and refused to let the rescue ship Aquarius with 629 people aboard dock in their ports, leaving the migrants at sea as a diplomatic standoff escalated under Italy's new anti-immigrant government. (Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee via AP)
June 11, 2018 - 8:40 am
ROME (AP) — Italy and Malta dug in for a second day Monday and refused to let a rescue ship carrying 629 migrants dock in their ports, leaving the boat at sea as a diplomatic standoff escalated under Italy's new anti-immigrant government. The U.N. refugee agency, the European Union, Germany, other...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, Leader of the League party, Matteo Salvini, addresses the media after meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella, at the Quirinale presidential palace, in Rome. The first group of migrants to arrive in Italy since a populist government took office is at the center of a spat between Italy's new interior minister and fellow EU member Malta. Some 230 African migrants landed in Calabria on Saturday after receiving authorization from the Interior Ministry. But before their ship docked, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini lashed out at Malta for allegedly denying the vessel permission to port. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)
June 11, 2018 - 7:58 am
ROME (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The U.N. refugee agency says a standoff between Italy and Malta over a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants is prompting an "urgent humanitarian imperative." The agency is demanding that some country — any...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 9, 2018 filer, migrants line-up after disembarking at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Southern Italy. An aid ship carrying 629 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean was waiting to learn where it can dock. The NGO SOS Mediterranee tweeted on Sunday the migrants aboard the Aquarius include 40 plucked from the sea after their dinghy collapsed. Among the migrants are 400 migrants rescued by Italy’s coast guard and navy and private cargo ships. Italy’s new right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says he won’t allow boat after boat to disembark rescued migrants in Italy. (Marco Costantino/ANSA via AP, File)
June 11, 2018 - 5:18 am
ROME (AP) — Italy and Malta dug in for a second day Monday and refused to let a rescue ship with 629 people aboard dock in their ports, leaving the migrants at sea as a diplomatic standoff escalated under Italy's new anti-immigrant government. "Enough!" said Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini...
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Migrants disembark at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Southern Italy, Saturday, June 9, 2018. More than 200 migrants arrived at the Reggio Calabria port on Saturday after being rescued by the NGO Sea Watch on Thursday during two different operations. (Marco Costantino/ANSA via AP)
June 10, 2018 - 5:55 pm
ROME (AP) — A private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants remained at sea Sunday evening after more than a day of not receiving permission to dock in either Italy or the small Mediterranean island nation of Malta. Aid group SOS Mediterraneee said the passengers on its ship, the Aquarius, included 400...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, Rohingya refugees wait in a queue to receive relief material at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an agreement that might eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country's security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
June 06, 2018 - 3:47 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an agreement Wednesday that could eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country's security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh. The memorandum of...
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