Italy to begin naval exercises off LibyaReports indicate that Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, in what appears to be a preparation of  tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants.  Italy will begin annual naval exercises this week near the coast of Libya, where a breakdown in order has allowed tens of thousands of migrants to try to reach Europe by boat and increased fears of attacks by Islamist militants. The navy said in a statement that the exercises, known as Mare Aperto (Open Sea), would begin on Monday. The exercises were suspended last year because of the search-and-rescue mission dubbed Mare Nostrum, which was set up after hundreds of migrants were drowned off the southern island of Lampedusa. Mare Nostrum has now ended and been replaced by a more limited European Union mission known as Triton. FULL REPORT