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Italy declares immigrant emergency

Italy declared a nationwide state of emergency Wednesday to help officials deal with 928 illegal immigrants who arrived on a freighter, the largest such group in almost five years.

The declaration will release funds for temporary shelters and help speed up the processing of the immigrants, mostly ethnic Kurds, who arrived in Sicily Monday night on a rusty 247-foot cargo ship. The group includes 361 children.

Authorities have not determined their nationalities but believe the boat left from Turkey.

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