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A Guatemalan drug trafficker known as "the Queen of the South" was sentenced in a US federal court on Tuesday but the judge put her case and its outcome under seal for five years, her lawyer said. Marllory Chacon Rossell, 42, entered the court smiling, her hands cuffed and wearing a beige prison jumpsuit, before US District Judge Jose Martinez closed the sentencing hearing to the public. Chacon's lawyer, Bonnie Klapper, told reporters that the judge had agreed to keep the case under seal for a five year period, because of its sensitivity. US authorities have accused Chacon of being one of the most active drug traffickers in Central America, with a network that extended from Guatemala to Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Honduras and Mexico.
An Italian navy chief on Tuesday poured cold water on suggestions Europe should adopt Australia's policy of turning back migrant boats to end the current crisis in the Mediterranean. A surge in both the numbers of migrants reaching Europe from north Africa and deaths at sea have led to calls for the European Union to consider a similar approach, with the aim of deterring people from contemplating the journey in the first place. "There are several countries that apply a policy of expulsion, even by force of arms, others apply the international right to rescue," the Admiral said when asked by AFP if Italy could learn from Australia's experience.