Italy rescues more than 1,200 migrants from smugglers' boats in Mediterranean near Libya

May 2, 2015 4:58 PM

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ROME – Ships from the Italian Coast Guard and navy have rescued more than 1,200 migrants after smugglers' boats ran into trouble in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya.

Italian officials say the migrants were being taken Saturday to Italian ports after several different rescue operations, including helping some 200 people aboard motorized rubber dinghies a day earlier south of Sicily. The smugglers' boats had set out in a spell of warm, calm weather.

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