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  • Eritrean Human-Trafficker Mered Medhanie extradited to Italy

    An Eritrean man believed to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa to Europe has been extradited to Italy, prosecutors say. 

    Mered Medhanie, known as The General, was held in Sudan in May and was flown to Rome on Tuesday. 

    Britain's National Crime Agency said he is thought to have arranged the transit of a boat that sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa in October 2013. 

    At least 359 migrants died when the boat, travelling from Libya, capsized. 

    Most were from Eritrea and Somalia.

    Italian news agency Ansa said Mr Medhanie was accused of being "the leader and organiser of one of the largest criminal groups operating between central Africa and Libya".

    The investigation is being led by investigators in Palermo, Sicily. Mr Medhanie is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

    The National Crime Agency said they tracked him down to an address in Khartoum, where he was then arrested.

    Mered Medhanie was arrested in Sudan and extradited to Italy

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  • European migrant crisis: Capsized boat horror caught on camera

    The deadly capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean has been caught on camera by the Italian navy as it rescued 562 people.

    The trawler overturned apparently as a result of people on board rushing to one side after spotting a rescue ship, and five were found dead.

    People clung desperately to the deck or dropped into the sea.

    Italy's Bettica patrol boat threw life rafts and jackets while another Italian ship sent rescue boats.

    The same patrol boat rescued a further 108 migrants in another incident later on Wednesday.

    Nearly 6,000 migrants trying to reach Europe illegally have been rescued from flimsy craft in the Mediterranean in recent days.

    Aid agencies say the sea-crossing between Libya and Italy is the main route for migrants since an EU deal with Turkey curbed the number sailing across the Aegean to Greece.

    Meanwhile, an unprecedented operation by the Italian navy is under way off the coast of Libya to recover the wreck of a migrant boat that sank in April last year.

    Up to 700 migrants died - the largest single loss of life in the Mediterranean in decades.

    Source: BBC

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  • Report exposes Sudan, EU secret refugee deal - AAO

    May 19, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – A European Union members reportedly secretly agreed to work together with Sudan to stem East African refugees’ flow to Europe. 

    According to a report by the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, the ambassadors of the 28-member state bloc reached the agreement with President Omar al-Bashir during a meeting held on March 23. 

    Classified documents obtained by Spiegel reveled that the bloc will provide eight African countries, including Sudan, with £40 million over three years to secure their borders and intercept refugees bound to Europe. 

    Sudan has increasingly become a key transit country for migrants from East Africa seeking to illegally travel to Europe via Libya. 

    According to the new Germany-led EU Action plan for east Africa, Sudan will be provided cameras, scanners and servers to register refugees.

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  • Legendary Artist Prince Found Dead at 57

    Prince, a dizzylingly prolific multi-instrumentalist and virtuosic performer, was found dead at his home and recording studio in Minnesota early on Thursday, his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 57. 

    Deputies are on scene at Paisley Park in Chanhassen conducting a death investigation currently, authorities said. No further details were immediately available and the cause of death is not being released at this time.

    The performer was born Prince Rogers Nelson June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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  • Israel's cancelled plan on Ethiopian Jews prompts rally - Aljazeera

    Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis marched in Jerusalem after the government cancelled plans to allow their relatives to emigrate from the African nation, calling the move discrimination.

    Police and organisers estimated the crowd at up to 2,000 people for Sunday's march, which ended outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office.

    "Stop the suffering, stop the discrimination, stop the racism," demonstrators chanted, holding signs with similar slogans as well as pictures of relatives left behind in Ethiopia.

    Israel's Ethiopian community includes about 135,000 people [Abir Sultan/EPA]

    Antaihe Cheol, a 30-year-old resident of northern Israel, said his father and brother have been waiting to immigrate for 20 years.

    "This is simply discrimination," Cheol told the AFP news agency.

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