Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says 47 rescued migrants aboard the Sea Watch NGO vessel could finally disembark after Italy and six other countries agreed to take them in.
Eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar went into a meeting with his UN-backed rival Prime Minister Fayez al Sarraj and other leaders, an Italian official said, ahead of more inclusive roundtable talks.
Earlier in the week, Venice was hit by some of the worst flooding in a decade. More heavy rain and storms are continued to hit parts of Italy over the weekend.
The plight of refugees under Italy's right wing government is only getting worse.
The migrants were rescued about 10 days ago by the Diciotti, an Italian coastguard vessel, but were not allowed to disembark until Sunday.
The UNHCR calls on EU member states to "urgently" offer places to some 150 people stranded on an Italian coastguard ship at a Sicilian port and says the Italian authorities to allow the immediate disembarkation of those on board in the meantime.
Italian coast guard vessel Diciotti docks in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo with 522 migrants and a corpse, UN refugee agency says.
Thousands of police officers have been deployed for protests in Rome, Milan and other Italian cities, seeking to prevent clashes ahead of the March 4 national election.
Both a centre-right coalition backed by former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi and the populist 5-Star Movement claimed momentum going into a national election next year following the results of Sicily's regional vote.
Exit polls have shown the Sicily election will be a key indicator for Italy's general election. The vote is a neck-and-neck race between the centre-right and the populists.
The voyage from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy is not safe for most refugees as they face abuse, including torture and rape, says Oxfam.
The firemen are alleged to have faked distress calls as part of the plan to receive the payments of around 10 euros per hour handed out by the state for working in emergency situations.
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