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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New fracture opens at Mt Etna, volcano erupts, burps ash & lava

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A surge in earthquakes have been plaguing Sicily after Europe’s highest and most active volcano began spewing lava from a new fracture. Mount Etna’s eruption covered nearby villages in ash and shut down the Catania airport.

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Mount Etna burps lava & ash

Mount Etna in Sicily was spitting out lava and columns of ash on Saturday, after the volcano initially reawoke in late July.

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Over 100 migrants get green light to leave ship in Sicily

A Danish cargo ship owned by Maersk, the world’s leading container shipping company, with 108 migrants on board docks at the southern Sicilian port of Pozzalo after waiting offshore for three days for instructions from the Italian authorities.

Humanitarian ship Aquarius rescues 629 refugees off Libyan coast as Italy shuts ports

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Corruption a key issue as Sicily goes to the polls

Corruption allegations and the threat of mafia involvement hang over this Sunday’s regional election in Sicily, which will be seen as an indicator for next spring’s Italian national elections. The populist Five Star Movement is hoping to win its first region with a promise to clean up graft, but they face a tough challenge from a resurgent centre-right.

The Front Lines Of California’s Fires & Capturing Carbon: VICE News Tonight Full Episode (HBO)

October 16, 2017, FULL EPISODE of VICE News Tonight on HBO.

Massive fires continue to sweep through California in one of the deadliest fires to plague the state since 1933. Early Sunday morning, VICE News began a 24-hour embed with a fire engine crew.

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The Mafia And A Nigerian Gang Are Targeting Refugees In Sicily (HBO)

They’ve fled violence, poverty, and terrorism – and made the often perilous journey across the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. But for the more than 100,000 migrants who’ve arrived in Italy so far this year, the life that awaits them can be almost as dangerous as the one they left behind.

This is particularly true for economic migrants, who don’t have the same legal status as refugees, and aren’t given the same work permits or financial aid to help them survive. Barred from the legal workforce, and with few financial options, many are targeted by criminal gangs — supported by the Italian mafia — and thrust into a life of sex slavery and drug trafficking.

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