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August 3, 1988 | PETER H. KING and WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writers and
Italian authorities have initiated an inquiry into the J. Paul Getty Museum's acquisition of a rare 5th Century B.C. statue, expressing concern that the piece--revealed to a dazzled art world only last week--might have been unearthed by scavengers and smuggled out of Sicily a decade ago.
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October 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The Italian navy rescued 461 would-be immigrants, including 128 children, found adrift on a rusty freighter in stormy seas off Italy's southern coast. Rescuers towed the ship to the port of Otranto, where scores of the passengers required treatment for dehydration. Most of those aboard the freighter were ethnic Kurds from Iraq, a police spokesman said. Palestinians, Afghans, Syrians and Indians also were on board. Authorities arrested five Turks suspected of being the crew.
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NEWS
October 12, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The Italian navy rescued 461 would-be immigrants, including 128 children, found adrift on a rusty freighter in stormy seas off Italy's southern coast. Rescuers towed the ship to the port of Otranto, where scores of the passengers required treatment for dehydration. Most of those aboard the freighter were ethnic Kurds from Iraq, a police spokesman said. Palestinians, Afghans, Syrians and Indians also were on board. Authorities arrested five Turks suspected of being the crew.
NEWS
May 24, 1999 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the miserable camps and shelters for Kosovo refugees, the notorious scafisti who for years have spirited Albanian women across the Adriatic Sea to lives of prostitution have found lucrative new prey for their nocturnal crossings.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Italian Cigarette Ban: Italy has banned the sales of three brands of Philip Morris cigarettes for 30 days after the discovery of a huge contraband shipment. The Ministry of Finance said the ban prohibits the importation, distribution and sales of Marlboro, Merit and Muratti Ambassador filtered cigarettes until January 14, 1992. Authorities confiscated eight metric tons of the contraband cigarettes late last month aboard the ship Queen Sea.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988 | PETER H. KING and SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles police investigator met at length Wednesday with officials of the J. Paul Getty Museum, exploring the museum's acquisition of an artistically important antiquity that Italian officials now claim might have been smuggled off Sicily. Detective William Martin said that in a two-hour session Getty officials produced "everything I asked for," including documents detailing the museum's purchase of the piece in question, a limestone-and-marble statue believed to date from 420 BC.
NEWS
May 24, 1999 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the miserable camps and shelters for Kosovo refugees, the notorious scafisti who for years have spirited Albanian women across the Adriatic Sea to lives of prostitution have found lucrative new prey for their nocturnal crossings.
NEWS
August 25, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
One of the most closely studied art catalogues in Europe, and perhaps the world's most tasteful wanted poster, is a handsome volume published here by the Carabinieri, Italy's militarized national police. The current edition, with a cover showing a pair of bronze handles from the 4th Century BC, is a 131-page wonderland of paintings, sculptures, porcelains, wood carvings, illuminated manuscripts and valuable antiques ranging from mantle clocks to altar pieces.
NEWS
September 15, 1989 | From Reuters
A Palestinian guerrilla group Thursday denied involvement in an arms-trafficking racket with the Italian-based Mafia. A spokesman for the pro-Syrian Popular Struggle Front in Beirut said in a statement: "The front denies any links to those arrested by the Italian police and charged with smuggling in Italy." Italian anti-terrorist police said in Rome on Wednesday that they had identified Palestinians who are members of the front and 16 Italians involved in arms trafficking.
NEWS
May 29, 1985 | United Press International
The Turk who shot Pope John Paul II refused to answer questions about the attack in court Tuesday, again proclaiming "I am Christ" and jeopardizing the state's case against him and seven co-defendants in the 1981 assassination plot. Mehmet Ali Agca, 27, enunciated his words slowly in Italian as he sat before the microphone on the witness stand and made hand gestures in an apparent imitation of the pontiff. "I am Jesus Christ reincarnated. In this generation, the world will be destroyed.
BUSINESS
December 16, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Italian Cigarette Ban: Italy has banned the sales of three brands of Philip Morris cigarettes for 30 days after the discovery of a huge contraband shipment. The Ministry of Finance said the ban prohibits the importation, distribution and sales of Marlboro, Merit and Muratti Ambassador filtered cigarettes until January 14, 1992. Authorities confiscated eight metric tons of the contraband cigarettes late last month aboard the ship Queen Sea.
NEWS
August 25, 1988 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
One of the most closely studied art catalogues in Europe, and perhaps the world's most tasteful wanted poster, is a handsome volume published here by the Carabinieri, Italy's militarized national police. The current edition, with a cover showing a pair of bronze handles from the 4th Century BC, is a 131-page wonderland of paintings, sculptures, porcelains, wood carvings, illuminated manuscripts and valuable antiques ranging from mantle clocks to altar pieces.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988 | PETER H. KING and SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles police investigator met at length Wednesday with officials of the J. Paul Getty Museum, exploring the museum's acquisition of an artistically important antiquity that Italian officials now claim might have been smuggled off Sicily. Detective William Martin said that in a two-hour session Getty officials produced "everything I asked for," including documents detailing the museum's purchase of the piece in question, a limestone-and-marble statue believed to date from 420 BC.
NEWS
August 3, 1988 | PETER H. KING and WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writers and
Italian authorities have initiated an inquiry into the J. Paul Getty Museum's acquisition of a rare 5th Century B.C. statue, expressing concern that the piece--revealed to a dazzled art world only last week--might have been unearthed by scavengers and smuggled out of Sicily a decade ago.
NEWS
January 15, 1999 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ekrem Salay rose from his cot at the refugee shelter here to demonstrate how he, his wife and four small children survived their escape from Serbia's beleaguered Kosovo province. Hoisting 4-year-old Hatigie onto one shoulder and 15-month-old Sanie onto the other, the ethnic Albanian simulated his forced plunge from a rubber speedboat into icy, waist-deep water off southeastern Italy's coast two nights after Christmas.
WORLD
April 1, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella and Borzou Daragahi
Hundreds of migrants are feared drowned in the Mediterranean Sea near Libya, migrant advocates and Italian officials said Tuesday, a grim result of a wave of desperate maritime human smuggling to Italy. At least 200 migrants are missing after an overloaded boat sank about 30 miles off Libya's coast, where Libyan rescuers recovered at least 23 survivors and 20 corpses Monday, according to the International Organization for Migration in Geneva.
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