Spain offers safe harbor to migrants

ROME — Italy’s new “Italians first” government claimed victory Monday when the Spanish prime minister offered safe harbor to a private rescue ship after Italy and Malta refused to allow it permission to disembark its 629 migrant passengers in their ports.

The Aquarius has been stuck in the Mediterranean Sea since Saturday. Spain’s new Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez stepped in Monday. “It’s our duty to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a secure port for these people,” Sanchez said.

Central African Republic

Peacekeeper killed in attacks

BANGUI — The Central African Republic’s mission to the United Nations said one Burundian peacekeeper was killed and several government soldiers were wounded in separate attacks over the weekend.

The mission said Monday that armed elements attacked a U.N. patrol in Bambari on Sunday, killing one peacekeeper and wounding another.


Homicide rate hurts economy

SAO PAULO — Rising homicide rates are damaging Brazil’s economy and leading to skyrocketing public security costs, according to a study released Monday.

According to the study, homicides between 1996 and 2015 robbed the country of more than $119 billion in potential productive capacity.