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Tides of Syrian, African refugees head for Italy despite dangers at sea
Tides of Syrian, African refugees head for Italy despite dangers at sea

Driven by war, oppression and poverty from their home countries, about 9,000 migrants have already sailed across the Mediterranean to Italy this year, mainly from Libya, where rising violence and fear of militants loyal to Islamic State have hastened their departure. The number of people paying traffickers about $1,000 to seek a new life in Europe has increased from the same wintertime period last year, suggesting that last year's record number of 170,000 migrants will be topped this year, according to United Nations reports. Migrants seem undeterred by the more than 3,000 who drowned last year, or the 300 who perished last month when their flimsy dinghies sank in winter storms, the...

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