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Hungary begins new border 'smart-fence'

Budapest - Hungary has begun building a high-tech second fence on the border with Serbia complete with night cameras and heat and movement sensors to keep out migrants, the government said Monday.

Spain coast guard rescues 257 migrants at sea at weekend

Madrid - The Spanish coast guard rescued 257 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Morocco in inflatable dinghies in an "intense weekend," they said Monday.

Nearly 10 anti-migrant attacks a day in Germany: data

Berlin - Germany recorded more than 3,500 attacks against refugees and asylum shelters last year, according to new interior ministry figures, amounting to an average of nearly 10 acts of anti-migrant violence a day.

Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany, Paris

Oxon Hill - US President Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape.

Germany to send home more rejected asylum seekers

Berlin - Germany will speed up expulsions of rejected asylum seekers under measures agreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet Wednesday, as controversy rages over sending people back to strife-torn Afghanistan.

Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent

Tripoli - The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said Tuesday.

Migrants in Morocco's north determined to reach Europe

T - One early morning last week, Adam's fellow migrants managed to climb over the high border fence separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

Hundreds of migrants rush border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - More than 350 migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain's Ceuta on Monday, officials said, days after one of the largest rush of arrivals over the frontier in more than a decade.

Hundreds of migrants rush border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - Some 300 migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Monday, authorities said, days after hundreds more forced their way over the frontier.

160,000 join pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched through Barcelona on Saturday urging the Spanish government to immediately meet its pledge to take in thousands of refugees.

Italy probes private migrant aid vessels off Libya

Rome - The fleet of privately-run aid vessels rescuing migrants off the Libyan coast and bringing them to Italy is "of interest" to Italian investigators, a Sicilian prosecutor told AFP on Friday.

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco

Madrid - Hundreds of migrants stormed the border between Morocco and Spain at Ceuta on Friday, days after Morocco warned the EU of fresh migrant trouble following a row over a trade deal.

Hundreds of migrants enter Spain from Morocco: officials

Madrid - Hundreds of migrants stormed into Spain's North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco early Friday, the emergency services and police said, adding that some were injured in the process.

Migrants get crash course in French university life

Lille - A lawyer from Sudan, a footballer from Iran, an aeronautical engineer from Eritrea: They are among 80 migrants who have traded France's "Jungle" tent camp for a chance to earn a French degree and a new life.

Tunisia PM rejects German criticism on migrant returns

Berlin - Tunisia's prime minister on Tuesday rejected German claims that his country has been blocking the return of rejected asylum seekers including the key suspect in the Berlin attack, hours ahead of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Italy sets up fast-track asylum courts for migrants

Rome - The Italian government on Friday created 14 fast-track asylum appeal courts in a bid to speed up decisions on deporting migrants with no right to stay in the country.

French farmer given suspended fine for helping migrants

Nice - A French farmer who has become one of the symbols of Europe's migrant crisis after helping Africans to slip into the country was given a suspended fine of 3,000 euros ($3,200) on Friday.

Hungary to detain migrants in container camps

Budapest - Hungary plans to house all refugees and migrants entering the country, as well as those already in existing facilities, in border camps built of containers, the government announced Thursday.

Germany readies to speed up failed asylum seeker deportations

Berlin - Germany, which has taken in over one million asylum seekers since 2015, on Thursday readied plans to speed up expulsions of those denied refugee status -- but controversy flared over sending people back to war-torn Afghanistan.

Ageing Europe needs immigration: EU foreign affairs chief

Valletta - With its ageing population, Europe needs immigration and can only resolve the migrant crisis through cooperation and not by "closing its doors," EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday.

Albania smashes major migrant smuggling ring

Tirana - Albanian police dismantled the biggest human trafficking ring uncovered since the start of the migrant crisis, arresting 18 people in a series of stings, public prosecutors said Wednesday.

Italy unveils plan to better integrate fewer migrants

Rome - The Italian government on Wednesday unveiled a series of measures aimed at easing the crush of migrants pouring into the country, including a new push at integration.

Ageing Europe needs immigration: EU foreign affairs chief

Valletta - With its ageing population, Europe needs immigration and can only resolve the migrant crisis through cooperation and not by "closing its doors," EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday.

Syrian refugee, hounded over Merkel selfie, sues Facebook

Deutschland - A Syrian refugee whose selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been repeatedly manipulated to link him to violent jihad, took Facebook to court on Monday for spreading defamatory fake news.

Italian rescuers save 1,500 migrants in Mediterranean in two days

Rome - Some 1,500 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean this weekend, an unusually high number for winter when crossings tend to slow because of difficult sea conditions, the Italian coastguard said Sunday.

Trump to visit Italy in May

Palm Beach - Donald Trump will attend a G7 summit in Italy this May, the White House said, in what could be his first visit to the continent as US president.

Greece hopes migrant burden will turn into boon

Atenas - Two decades ago, an influx of half a million migrants boosted Greece's economy. Today, the government and some experts hope a new wave of migrants will do the same.

'Nightmare' of migrant rescues off Libya as EU leaders meet

Rome - As EU leaders met in Malta Friday to tackle the migrant crisis, rescue ships off Libya described an "absolute nightmare" of multiple operations to save people including babies from a fresh wave of rickety boats.

Over 1,750 migrants rescued in Med as Italy, Libya ink deal

Rome - More than 1,750 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean within 24 hours, Italy's coast guard said Thursday, as EU leaders prepared for a summit on stemming the flow of boats from North Africa to Europe.

Swedish neo-Nazis held in refugee centre attack: official

Stockholm - Three suspected neo-Nazis have been arrested in Sweden after a home-made bomb attack on an asylum-seeker centre last month left one person seriously injured, security services said Thursday.
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