EU sea rescue mission off Italy extended until at least end-2015

February 19, 2015 1:44 PM

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission extended its rescue mission off Italy until at least the end of the year, it said on Thursday, and gave Rome extra funding to deal with an influx of migrants from Africa and the Middle East.

The Commission launched the mission, dubbed Operation Triton, in November just as Italy wound down a much larger and more costly program known as Mare Nostrum.

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