EU Pledges Support as Italy Threatens to Close Ports Following Migrant Surge

June 30, 2017 02:07 AM
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The European Union has pledged to support Italy as it continues to admit thousands of migrants crossing every day from North Africa across the Mediterranean. Italy has threatened to shut its ports to foreign-registered boats carrying migrants. So far this year nearly 80,000 people have made the journey, and more than 2,000 have died. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.