Wave of migrants brings call for help
The Italian navy said Tuesday that it had picked up 1,149 migrants in the southern Mediterranean over the last 48 hours, as Rome issued a fresh appeal for more help from the European Union.
Italian patrols intercepted 828 people Sunday and 321 on Monday, a statement said.
Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Italy could not "sustain for long" its sea- patrol mission without EU assistance. He called on the bloc to move the seat of its border agency Frontex from Poland to Italy, and said incoming migrants who are granted asylum should be allowed to move to other EU countries, rather than be confined to Italy.
Rome launched its sea patrols in October after two major shipwrecks - one off Lampedusa, Italy's southernmost point, another in Maltese waters - in which at least 400 people died.
An unpublished work
Writer Gabriel García Márquez left behind a manuscript that he chose not to print while alive, an editor told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
His family has not decided whether to let the book come out. The manuscript has a working title of We'll See Each Other in August. An excerpt in Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper has what appears to be an opening chapter, describing a trip taken by a 50-ish woman who visits her mother's grave on a tropical island every year. - AP
Iran mystery solved
A mining company in Ghana says it has been using the plane registered to a U.S. bank that was the subject of global intrigue after it was seen in Iran. Engineers & Planners said the plane, registered to the Bank of Utah, took Ghanaian businessmen to Iran. With some exceptions, federal rules ban economic activity between the U.S. and Iran. - AP