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Over 200 illegal migrants, before they are shipped to the Italian mainland after being rescued by Italian Guardia di Finanza boat 'Denaro' in the Mediterranean Sea

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Over 200 illegal migrants cram into a boat as they are shipped to the Italian mainland after being rescued by Italian Guardia di Finanza boat ‘Denaro’ in the Mediterranean Sea

Rescued migrants walk along the quayside after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on Wednesday. European governments came under increasing pressure to tackle the Mediterranean's migrant crisis ahead of an emergency summit, as harrowing details emerged of the fate of hundreds who died in the latest tragedy

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Rescued migrants walk along the quayside after disembarking from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta on Wednesday

Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early Monday, April 20, 2015. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early on Monday. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action 

The 'Frecce Tricolori' Italian Air Force acrobatic squad fly over Rome, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 to mark the 154th anniversary of the Italian Unification in 1861

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The ‘Frecce Tricolori’ Italian Air Force acrobatic squad flies over Rome on Tuesday to mark the 154th anniversary of the Italian Unification in 1861

A man stands between two trolleys loaded with bags containing his clothes and personal belongings outside the entrance of Fiumicino international airport in Rome...A man stands between two trolleys loaded with bags containing his clothes and personal belongings outside the entrance of Fiumicino international airport in Rome March 16, 2015.

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A man stands between two trolleys loaded with bags containing his clothes and personal belongings outside the entrance of Fiumicino airport in Rome

A guest leaves at the end of the unveiling of Max Mara women's Fall-Winter 2015-16 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.

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A guest wearing a Moschino cap leaves after the unveiling of the Max Mara women’s autumn-winter 2015-16 collection in Milan

A migrant and her son leave the immigration centre through a fence on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa February 19, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in southern Italy in unsafe boats, their departure from Libya facilitated by people smugglers operating freely in conditions of near-anarchy

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A migrant and her son leave the immigration centre through a fence on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in southern Italy in unsafe boats, their departure from Libya facilitated by people smugglers operating freely in conditions of near-anarchy

Immigrants wait to board a ship on Wednesday in Lampedusa, Italy. Hundreds of migrants have recently arrived in Lampedusa fleeing the attacks by ISIS in Libya

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Immigrants wait to board a ship on Wednesday in Lampedusa, Italy. Hundreds of migrants have recently arrived in Lampedusa fleeing the attacks by militant group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, in Libya

Cuirassier presidential guards line up at the Vittoriano Unknown Soldier monument prior to the arrival of newly elected Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Italy's new president, Sergio Mattarella, has taken the oath of office with a vow to fight corruption and organized crime and encourage the nation to embrace economic and electoral reform. The new head of state, whose brother, Piersanti Mattarella, was slain while governor of Sicily by the Mafia in 1980, denounced as "alarming" the spread of the Mafia from its traditional base in the south to northern cities. Mattarella, in his speech to Parliament Tuesday, also decried pervasive corruption, which he said robs citizens of resources meant for them and upsets market rules, "penalizing the honest and the capable."

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Cuirassier presidential guards line up at the Vittoriano (Unknown Soldier) monument prior to the arrival of Italy’s new President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on Tuesday. President Mattarella has vowed to fight corruption, organised crime and embrace economic and electoral reform

A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early 02 February 2015. The eruptions are reported to have begun on 31 January 2015 at Mount Etna's new south east crater

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A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early on Monday

Italy's Prime Minister Renzi talks during a joint news conference with Germany's Chancellor Merkel at the end of a meeting at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence...Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R) talks during a joint news conference with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of a meeting at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS)

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Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi talks during a joint news conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel at the end of a meeting at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy.

A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter's facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe's services sector to cross-border competition.

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A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter’s facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe’s services sector to cross-border competition

This image released by NASA December 15,...This image released by NASA December 15, 2014 shows the easily recognized boot of Italy, with Sicily at its toe, spread across this panorama taken October 21 by astronauts aboard the International Space Station(ISS). On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines, but also in the Po River Valley of northern Italy(L). Some of the brightest clusters of lights are Rome and nearby Naples, with island cities of Cagliari on Sardinia and Catania on Sicilynow well-known as the hometown of European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. The small, dark, circular patch dangerously close to Catania marks the unpopulated slopes of the active volcano Etna. Hazy lights, as over the Po valley and Rome, probably indicate thin clouds above. The island of Malta appears at the lower right. The airglow line is vivid in this night shot. AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA   == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE / MANDATORY CREDIT: "AFP PHOTO / HANDOUT / NASA  "/ NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / NO A LA CARTE SALES / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==Handout/AFP/Getty Images

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This image released by Nasa on Monday shows the easily recognised ‘boot of Italy‘, with Sicily at its toe. On a clear night looking east, the pattern of night lights shows populations concentrated mainly along the coastlines.

Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade union organisations to protest against the government's economic policy, on december 12, 2014 in Rome. Unions protest against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's emblematic Jobs Act legislation approved this month which aims to shake up Italy's labour market by making it easier for companies to hire and fire.

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Balloons featuring Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi as Pinocchio are displayed during a general strike called by several trade unions in protest against the government’s economic policy, on Friday in Rome

Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a  a demonstration in Rome against the government's Jobs Act labour reform bill. Three protesters were injured in a police charge at the demonstration. The protest organized by the self-styled National Social Strike Laboratory said high school students occupying their schools this week also participated in the march through central Rome, which turned into a melee when protesters tried to break through a police cordon around the Senate building, setting off flares and throwing eggs at law enforcement. The government's Jobs Act labour reform bill now on the floor of the Senate, where the administration of Premier Matteo Renzi looks set to call a confidence vote.

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Italian Police prepare to face up to demonstrators in Rome, Italy on Wednesday during a a demonstration in Rome against the government’s Jobs Act labour reform bill

Senegal's President Sall in Italy...epa04496358 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobiel phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal's President Macky Sall (not pictured) at Chigi's Palace, Italy, 20 November 2014. Senegal's President Macky Sall is on an official visit to Italy.  EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi uses his mobile phone as he awaits the arrival of Senegal’s President Macky Sall at Chigi’s Palace, Italy 

Demonstators hold flares during a demonstration as part of a general strike in central Rome on November 14, 2014.

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Demonstators hold flares during a demonstration as part of a general strike in central Rome on Friday

The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Fre...The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori (Tricolor Arrows) spreads smoke with the colors of the Italian flag over the Piazza Venezia as Italy celebrates today the National Unity Day and the Armed Forces Day which marks the end of World War I for Italy, on November 4, 2014 in Rome.  AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLAROANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

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The Italian Air Force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori spreads smoke with the colours of the Italian flag over the Piazza Venezia as Italy celebrates National Unity Day and Armed Forces Day, which marks the end of the first world war for Italy

Anti-riot police clash with anti-austerity protesters near the Capodimonte museum during the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) on October 2, 2014 in Naples. Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators rallied in Naples today as the European Central Bank convened in the Italian city to discuss how to avert looming deflation in the eurozone.

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Anti-riot police clash with anti-austerity protesters near the Capodimonte museum during the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday in Naples

Actor George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wave from a boat as they leave after a civil wedding ceremony at the town hall in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds.

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Actor George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin wave from a boat as they leave after a civil wedding ceremony at the town hall in Venice, Italy on Monday