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The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) carries out its first rescue in the Mediterranean in August 2014. The Malta-based private rescue service founded by a wealthy American and his Italian wife has rescued more than 3,000 migrants since its launch in August 2014. Barcroft Media /Landov hide caption

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Couple Spends Millions To Save Migrants In The Mediterranean

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Migrants who survived a shipwreck are escorted as they arrive at the Lampedusa harbor on Wednesday. Some 300 others drowned in the latest such disaster triggered by people fleeing conflicts in North Africa. Antonio Parrinello/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Francesco Schettino attends his trial in Grosseto, Italy, on Wednesday. The captain of the capsized Costa Concordia luxury liner has been convicted of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Counterdemonstrators in favor of LGBT rights wear pink triangles, reminiscent of those homosexuals were forced to wear in Nazi concentration camps. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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For Italy's Gay Rights Advocates, It's 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back

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An Armed Forces of Malta ship carrying rescued migrants arrives at an AFM base in Valletta last October. The number of migrants trying to make their way from the North African coast to European waters has ballooned in recent years. Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The medieval town of Pitigliano is perched atop a massive volcanic rock, looking out over vineyards and olive groves. It was once home to a vibrant Jewish community, treated with civility or cruelty depending on who was in charge of the city; now, the town works to preserve and share the cultural history of Italian Jews. Michela Simoncini/Flickr hide caption

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Italy's 'Little Jerusalem' Opens The Doors To Jewish History

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A slide of migratory flows in the Mediterranean Sea from the Mare Nostrum operation is displayed in the control room of the Italian operation, which tracks and intercepts migrant ships en route to Europe. Sylvia Poggioli/NPR hide caption

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Italy Undertakes Lonely, Expensive Mission To Aid Migrants At Sea

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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 85.4 miles with start in Evry and finish in Paris, France. Christophe Ena/AP hide caption

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