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Italian former minister on trial for kidnap over migrant ship.

Italy’s former interior minister Matteo Salvini has gone on trial charged with kidnapping for refusing to allow a Spanish migrant rescue ship to dock in Sicily, keeping the people onboard at sea for days in 2019.

It is the first trial to go ahead against Mr Salvini for his actions preventing migrant landings while he served as interior minister during 2018/19 in an uneasy coalition between the populist Five-Star Movement and his right-wing League group.

Mr Salvini was present for the opening day of the trial in Palermo, Sicily, which was expected to deal mostly with procedural requests.

He has insisted he was fulfilling his duty by refusing entry to the Open Arms rescue ship, and the 147 people it had saved in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya.

He took a hard line on migrant arrivals, blocking ships and pushing for Europe to take some of the burden off Italy.

Prosecutors accuse Mr Salvini of dereliction of duty and kidnapping for refusing to allow the ship into port for days in August 2019.

During the near-three-week standoff, some migrants threw themselves overboard in desperation and the captain pleaded for a safe, nearby port.

Some migrants were taken to land for humanitarian or health reasons, while the remaining 83 were eventually allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa.

“We expect justice for the unnecessary suffering that all the people had in those 20 days,” said Oscar Camps, head of the Spanish non-governmental organisation Open Arms.

A court in Catania, Sicily, earlier this year decided not to try Mr Salvini in a similar case, for keeping 116 migrants on board an Italian coastguard ship at sea for five days, also in 2019. – AP

New Twitter policy won't protect privacy of conservatives: Hawley.

New Twitter policy won't protect privacy of conservatives: Hawley.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley says private citizens should be able to sue Twitter on 'Fox News Primetime' after the social media giant announced a new privacy policy prohibiting images 'shared ... without the consent of the person depicted' #FoxNews #...

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UK COVID-19: Sajid Javid calls for  «national effort»  to beat Omicron variant.

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Mass school shooting in Michigan leaves 3 children dead and 8 injured.

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World AIDS Day: 'Ignorance is the killer'

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