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The deadly route to the EU ROME: Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain are the main gateways to the European Union for illegal immigrants who sometimes pay with their lives in their search for a better life:- Italy - Since the beginning of 2015, more than 20,000 illegal immigrants, mainly from Eritrea, Somalia and Syria have arrived in Italy via the Mediterranean Sea.That is more or less the same number as the previous year, at the end of which a record number of 170,100 immigrants arrived, against 42,925 in 2013 and 63,000 in 2011 at the height of the Arab Spring revolts.Most were rescued at sea, often off Libya's coast and taken to ports in the southern Italian island of Sicily and the south of the country.On Sunday, up to 400 illegal migrants died after their vessel capsized off the Libyan coast, according to some of the 144 survivors, who were brought to Italy.Around 330 immigrants died ...

FARC kill 10 Colombian soldiers in pre-dawn attack BOGOTA: Suspected FARC guerrillas killed 10 soldiers and injured 20 others in a pre-dawn attack in western Colombia on Wednesday prompting President Juan Manuel Santos to order a resumption of air strikes against the rebels.The attack in a remote mountainous area in Cauca province was one of the deadliest since the government opened peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Havana in November 2012."I have ordered the armed forces to ignore ...

UN urges exhumation of bodies from mass burial KINSHASA: The UN said Wednesday it has urged the Congolese authorities to exhume hundreds of bodies buried in a mass grave near Kinshasa, to find out how they died.Last month, at least 421 bodies were found in a mass grave in Maluku near the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, which local authorities said contained hundreds of dead babies and foetuses.he affair has raised alarm in DR Congo, while rights groups and the EU have called ...

US chief justice called for jury duty WASHINGTON: Even the head of the highest court in the land has to report for jury duty.John Roberts, the chief justice of the US Supreme Court, showed up for jury duty Wednesday in a Maryland county court in the Washington suburbs, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told AFP.But after responding to several questions aimed at vetting potential jurors for a civil case, he was not selected. Roberts, who has presided over the US Supreme Court ...

Egypt, Saudi mull drills as pressure builds on Yemen rebels SANAA: Saudi Arabia and Egypt are considering holding large-scale military exercises after launching air strikes on Yemeni rebels who have been slapped with a UN arms embargo and sanctions.In a possible sign the Saudi-led air campaign against the Shiite rebels might expand into a ground operation, Cairo said it and Riyadh were mulling the drills in Saudi Arabia with other Gulf countries participating."It was decided to form a joint military committee to look into a ...

US industrial production falls in March WASHINGTON: US industrial production fell sharply in March, pulled down by lower utility output as bad winter weather faded, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.Total industrial output fell 0.6 percent, after a minimal 0.1 percent rise in February.The March drop was double what analysts expected.Utilities output slid 5.9 percent, largely reversing February's increase that was weather-related.Mining output fell for the third straight month, but by a smaller 0.7 percent.Manufacturing eked out a 0.1 percent gain after ...

Euro zone surplus widens but trade with Russia plummets BRUSSELS: An increase in exports and stable imports helped the euro zone widen its trade surplus in February, although by slightly less than expected, as a weaker euro helped soften the continued fall in sales to Russia.Unadjusted for seasonal swings, exports to the rest of the world rose 4 percent and imports were unchanged, taking the bloc's trade surplus to 20.3 billion euros ($21.47 billion) versus 14.4 billion euros in February 2014, the EU's statistics ...


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