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Two very different tragedy-at-sea stories occupied the front page of Thursday's Rome-based daily La Repubblica.

The Italian island of Lampedusa was once again witness to the horror of would-be immigrants dying after setting out from North Africa in an attempt to reach European shores. As many as 300 people were feared dead after taking a boat from Libya. La Repubblica's headline called the situation the "Infinite Shame," and quoted Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as calling on Europe as a whole to contribute to stemming the tide of desperate migrants making the perilous journey. Renzi also noted that the growing instability on the ground in Libya is contributing to people leaving the country.

Meanwhile, farther north along the Mediterranean was the setting of La Repubblica's centerpiece photograph showing Italian cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino, who was sentenced Wednesday to 16 years for his role in the deaths of 32 people in the January 2012 Costa Concordia sinking off the Italian island of Giglio. Prosecutors had asked for a 26-year sentence. Schettino will remain free as he appeals the verdict, which could take years to conclude.

Here's a video of Schettino, who has denied wrongdoing, saying "part of me died also on that day."

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Ingrid Betancourt, A Hostage Heroine Reinvented As Feminist For President

Although Betancourt is best known for surviving six years as a hostage of the Colombian terror group FARC, and is considered a centrist politician, her unlikely new campaign for president will be centered on gender issues.

Betancourt in Bogota announcing her candidacy Tuesday

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Felipe García Altamar

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BOGOTA — Exactly 20 years after she was kidnapped by the FARC terror group in the middle of her campaign for Colombian president, Íngrid Betancourt is launching a new campaign to lead her nation. She will do so on behalf of her party, Verde Oxígeno, becoming the only female candidate from the Centro Esperanza Coalition (CCE), which for months received a barrage of criticism for grouping only male candidacies and traditional politicians.

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