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Europe's pushback of migrants 'shameful': UN refugee chief

Geneva - The UN refugee chief on Monday lambasted countries which close their doors to desperate migrants and Europe's "shameful" refusal to allow migrants stranded at sea to disembark quickly.

'Worse than Moria': migrants get to grips with new Greek camp

Even if their old camp was known as "hell" or "the jungle", asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos say that their new site may even be worse.

Salvini migrant case delayed, judge summons Italy PM

Catania - An Italian judge reviewing charges against far-right leader Matteo Salvini that he illegally detained migrants at sea delayed the hearing until November 20 so he could hear from senior members of the government, including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte....

Defiant Salvini readies for migrant trial as allies rally

Rome - Italy's far-right chief Matteo Salvini stands trial Saturday for allegedly illegally detaining migrants at sea, in a case that could see him jailed for 15 years or serve him a political win.

Police break up Calais migrant camp, biggest since 'the Jungle'

Calais - French police on Tuesday dismantled a camp of about 800 migrants in the port city of Calais, the biggest such operation since the sprawling "Jungle" shantytown was broken up four years ago.

Global police sting against dark net drug sales nets 179

Den Haag - A global police sting has netted 179 vendors involved in selling opioids, methamphetamine and other illegal goods on the internet underground, in what officials of Europol said Tuesday put an end to the "golden age" of dark web markets.

Number of COVID-19 cases across the globe surpasses 30 million

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe has surpassed 30 million, according to figures by Johns Hopkins University. The global count of COVID-19 infections climbed past 30 million on Thursday with over half coming from three countries.

WHO Europe warns of 'alarming' virus transmission rates

Copenhagen - The World Health Organization warned Thursday of "alarming rates of transmission" of Covid-19 across Europe and cautioned countries against shortening quarantine periods.

Germany calls for 'urgent' EU migrant reform after Lesbos disaster

Berlin - Germany on Wednesday pushed for urgent reform of the EU's migration policies, with its minister for Europe telling AFP it was all the more crucial to act quickly after a fire laid waste to the biggest refugee camp in Greece.

Don't turn backs on refugees, Alan Kurdi's aunt pleads

Berlin - The aunt of Alan Kurdi, the Syrian boy whose image became a tragic symbol of the 2015 refugee crisis after his body was washed up on a Turkish beach, called on the world on Tuesday not to ignore the plight of refugees.

Masks the subject as virus-wary schools reopen across Europe

Paris - Millions of students headed back to class in France, Belgium and England on Tuesday as European schools cautiously reopened amid rising coronavirus cases in several countries, with face masks often mandatory.

European children back to school amidst virus fears

Paris - French pupils go back to school Tuesday as schools across Europe open their doors to greet returning pupils this month, nearly six months after the coronavirus outbreak forced them to close and despite rising infection rates across the continent.

Syrians still finding their way in Sweden, five years on

Stockholm - They arrived in unprecedented numbers, pushing a strained Sweden to shut its borders as anti-immigration sentiment flared. Five years later, Syrians are still trying to integrate, some more successfully than others.

How a German and a Syrian experienced the 2015 refugee crisis

Berlin - German Gracia Schuette and Syrian Aeham Ahmad both had their lives changed forever by Angela Merkel's decision in 2015 to leave Germany's doors open to hundreds of thousands of refugees.

In Turkey, lake turns into graveyard for migrants

Van - Gravestones scribbled with identity numbers are all that remain of dozens of migrants aboard a boat that sank in a Turkish lake as they struggled to make it to Europe.

Spirit of 2015 a distant memory in Lesbos

Five years ago the olive grove of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos was a sanctuary for asylum seekers. Today it is a jungle, overcrowded, threatening and all too often in flames.

Five years on, Balkans still a road of hope for migrants

Sarajevo - With a smart black sweater and clean-shaven face, Younes Qermoua recalls his first attempt to reach Europe five years ago, at the peak of the continent's refugee crisis.

Europe still mired in division after migrant crisis

Paris - Since taking in more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in 2015, Europe has stepped up border controls but still falls short on common migration and asylum policies.

Italian coastguard comes to aid of Banksy-funded rescue boat

Rome - An Italian coastguard vessel Saturday rushed to a rescue ship funded by British street artist Banksy, which sent out a call for help with more than 200 migrants onboard, and took in 49 of the most vulnerable people on board.

Five years after refugee influx, Merkel 'would do the same'

Berlin - Five years after Germany controversially took in hundreds of thousands of migrants, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she would do the same again as she rides a wave of popularity for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

European schools reopen with smaller classes, shorter lessons

Madrid - European nations are pushing ahead with reopening primary schools despite a rise in coronavirus cases, with smaller classes, shorter lessons and mask-wearing among the steps adopted to curb infections.

Europeans warned not to forget virus as temperatures soar

London - Sun-seekers flocked to beaches Saturday as parts of western Europe baked in a heatwave, but authorities urged people to avoid crowded areas and keep wearing their masks over concerns at rising numbers of coronavirus cases.

Charities to resume migrant rescues in Mediterranean

Paris - Humanitarian organisations will resume migrant rescues this month in the Mediterranean Sea, where none have operated since the Ocean Viking vessel docked in Italy in early July, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Sea-Watch said Thursday.

European legal setback for McCann suspect in rape case

Luxembourg - The German who has become the prime suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann suffered a legal setback Thursday in his attempt to appeal a separate rape conviction.

Virus highlights plight of Europe's migrant farm hands

Paris - From Romania, Poland, Morocco and Thailand, thousands of people flock to Western Europe each year to help farmers harvest precious crops, often paid low wages for long, backbreaking days of work.

EU chief marks Roma Holocaust Memorial Day with call for solidarity

Apo - European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen marked Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday with an appeal to EU member states to protect today's minorities from discrimination and racism.

Italy's Lampedusa new target of far-right anger over migrants

Lampedusa - Out in the Mediterranean, under a baking sun, fisherman Ezio Billeci comes across a boat of vulnerable migrants and calls for help, but for hours the only response he gets from Italian authorities is to "stand by".

Italy Senate paves way for Salvini migrant trial

Rome - Italy's Senate voted on Thursday to strip far-right chief Matteo Salvini of his parliamentary immunity, paving the way for him to face trial, for a second time, over allegedly illegally detaining migrants at sea.

'Alarm' at Poland's plan to leave treaty protecting women

Strasbourg - The EU and the Council of Europe on Sunday voiced regret and alarm over the Polish right-wing government's move to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.

'Alarm' at Poland's plan to leave treaty protecting women

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe said Sunday it is "alarmed" that Poland's right-wing government is moving to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.
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