Soldiers of the German frigate 'Hesse' rescue refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, June 6, 2015.(Alexander Gottschalk/Bundeswehr via AP)
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Heartened by recent election successes by an anti-immigrant party, Italian politicians based in the north vowed Sunday not to shelter any more migrants saved at sea, even as hundreds more were being rescued in the Mediterranean from smugglers' boats in distress.An international rescue fleet plucked almost 5,900 migrants from rickety boats making the perilous sea crossing for North Africa to Europe Saturday and Sunday, Italy's coastguard said.On Saturday, 3,500 migrants were rescued about 45 miles from the Libyan coast.Among the north-based Italian politicians refusing to accept more migrants Sunday was newly-elected Liguria Gov. Giovanni Toti.
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