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    Italy Moves to Impound Charity Ships Helping Migrants

    Italy’s new right-wing government has gone from blocking migrants from its ports to targeting those who rescue refugees from the Mediterranean. Interior Minister Matteo Salvini told the rescue ship Lifeline, carrying 226 immigrants rescued off the coast of Libya, to “go to Holland,” whose flag the ship was flying. He added that its passengers would “only see Italy on a postcard.” But Rome’s transportation minister said sailing so far would endanger passengers, and sent the coast guard to escort the ship to port, where it will be seized and impounded.

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