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Italian coast guard rescues 246 migrants in Mediterranean Sea

The Italian coast guard says they rescued 246 migrants from a wooden boat in the Mediterranean on Wednesday. According to the coast guard, one of the migrants required urgent medical care and a rescue helicopter was dispatched. More than one million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere arrived in the European Union last year. Almost 200,000 are bottled up in centers in Italy and Greece, unable to head north due to border closures.

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