Tensions are rising on the Italian island of Lampedusa, which has experienced such a large influx of refugees over the last several weeks that more than a quarter of the population is now Tunisian. More than 5,500 refugees have arrived in Italy since the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, the provisional government in Tunisia is calling up army reserves to help contain the continuing civil disturbances.
In other news, China’s rate of inflation continues to increase, with prices up almost 5% in the past year. Food prices are leading the way with about a 10% annual rate of inflation.
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