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Migrants head for Spain; France rips Italy's refusal

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Photographs by AP/SOS Mediterranee/KENNY KARPOV

An Italian coast guard boat transfers migrants from the rescue ship Aquarius to other Italian ships Tuesday in the Mediterranean. Italy has refused to provide safe harbor to the ship carrying 629 migrants but is helping ferry them to Spain. Italian officials bristled Tuesday at criticism from France over the refusal.

Italy's populist government on Tuesday slammed France for criticizing its refusal to allow safe harbor for a rescue ship with 629 migrants, instead sending two military vessels to take on some of the passengers in the waters off Sicily and escort the ship on a dayslong voyage to Spain.

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