Italy: Salvini closes Europe’s one-time largest migrant centre | AFP

Far-right Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini closes what was one Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo, Sicily. At its peak in 2014, Mineo housed more than 4,100 people. Its population then steadily dropped and when anti-migrant Salvini and the populist Five Star Movement came to power in June last year, it housed 2,500.

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Italy’s Salvini present for closure of Mineo migrant reception centre | AFP

What was once Europe’s biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo in Sicily, is to officially close in the presence of its biggest critic, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. IMAGES

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Rescued Sea Watch migrants arrive in Sicily

The 47 migrants aboard the Sea Watch 3 are checked in and registered by the Red Cross, UNHCR and the police as they arrive in the Sicilian port of Catania. The Dutch-flagged ship, which had been waiting off the coast of Sicily with people it pulled to safety in the Mediterranean on January 19, was finally given permission to anchor in Catania after six other countries agreed to take them in.

Italy’s mount Etna emitting volcanic ash

Italy’s highest volcano Mount Etna was seen emitting volcanic ash from its Northeast Crater in Catania, Sicily on Sunday.
Footage shows plumes of ash rising above Etna’s northern ski resort of Piano Provenzana.

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Ten injured in Italy earthquake

(26 Dec 2018) A quake triggered by the Mount Etna volcano has jolted eastern Sicily, injuring 10 people and prompting panicking villagers to flee homes. (Dec. 26)

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