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Italy has been struggling to cope with thousands of illegal immigrants who have reached its shores in recent months, often in rickety boats as they flee unrest spreading through North Africa. On Sunday, about 400 were rescued when their boat crashed against rocks at the port of Lampedusa.

ISRAEL

Fallen soldiers, victims of terrorism honored

JERUSALEM | Sirens wailed across Israel, as the country came to a standstill Sunday to remember its soldiers killed in wars and victims of attacks.

Israeli government statistics list 22,867 soldiers and civilians killed since 1860, the date cited as the beginning of modern Jewish immigration.

Across the country, Israeli flags were lowered to half-staff. Israeli radio and TV stations aired documentaries about Israel’s wars and stories of fallen soldiers.

After sundown Monday, Israel switches to Independence Day celebrations.

SOUTH AFRICA

Zulu queen reburied after search for remains

DURBAN | President Jacob Zuma held a memorial service Sunday for the queen mother of South Africa’s Zulu people. She was reburied after a more than two-year search for her remains.

Mr. Zuma said the reburial of Queen Thomozile Jezangani KaNdwandwe Zulu, the mother of King Goodwill Zwelithini, restored her place in history. He spoke at the unveiling of the queen’s new tombstone in the eastern city of Durban.

The final resting place of the queen, who died in the 1950s in her early 30s, had been unknown.

The current king, who was just 11 years old when she died, made a life-long mission of finding her grave and reburying her according to Zulu tradition.

ECUADOR

Voters approve referendum to control judiciary, media

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