In the wake of two tragic shipwrecks off the coast of Lampedusa that caused the ill-fated death of at least 300 African migrants, the Italian government has decided to deploy important resources and take strong action to prevent future tragedies. 

Italy’s Interior Minister Angelino Alfano and Defence Minister Mario Mauro launched Operation Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) - a military and humanitarian operation that will integrate the existing deployment with the aim of increasing security off the...

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