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France calls urgent UN meeting over Libya slavery

Paris - France on Wednesday called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over slave-trading in Libya as President Emmanuel Macron blasted the auctioning of Africans as a crime against humanity.

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Strasbourg - Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Migrants sold into slavery in Libya tell of 'total hell'

Abidjan - Survivors of slave auctions in Libya have described a "total hell" that they wouldn't wish on their "worst enemy" as global outrage grows over footage showing migrants being sold off in the war-torn country.

Berlusconi takes comeback bid to Europe rights court

Strasbourg - Italy's scandal-plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi took his comeback bid to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg on Wednesday, asking it to weigh in on his ban from holding elected office.

Hundreds of migrants held in jail in Spain

Madrid - Spain on Tuesday defended holding in prison nearly 500 migrants who arrived in the country by boat.Following criticism by rights groups, the Spanish government said it was due to a lack of space at immigration detention centres.

Libya slave auctions may be crime against humanity: UN chief

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday he was horrified by video footage showing migrants being sold as slaves in Libya and that these auctions should be investigated as possible crimes against humanity.

Over 250 migrants rescued off Spanish coast

Madrid - Over 250 migrants making the dangerous crossing to Europe were rescued Friday off Spain, with several other vessels still in need of rescue, authorities said.

Italy funeral for all-female shipwreck victims

Salerno - The coffins of 26 young Nigerians lie in state in the winter sunshine in a cemetery in southern Italy, where a bishop and imam lead prayers for the all-female victims.

EU gets pledges for two thirds of refugee scheme

Brussels - EU states have pledged to take 34,000 refugees directly from Africa and the Middle East, officials said Wednesday, a day after the UN criticised the bloc's "inhuman" cooperation with Libya to stop migrant boats.

Italy defends Libya migrant deal dubbed 'inhuman' by UN

Rome - Italy on Wednesday defended its policy on blocking migrants in Libya, saying the deal, denounced as "inhuman" by the UN, was essential to stop boat departures towards Europe.

Spain rescues 250 migrants in Mediterranean

Barcelona - Spanish authorities said they rescued over 250 migrants, including children, on Saturday who were making the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe.

EU, South American bloc reported close to free trade accord

Bras - The European Union and the South American economic and political bloc called Mercosur are close to concluding a free trade accord after decades of fitful talks, an EU official said Friday.

NATO ill-equipped to defend members: Dutch advisory council

Den Haag - NATO is poorly equipped to defend members against aggression amid uncertainty over its unity under US President Donald Trump, which could allow Russia to exploit vulnerabilities, a Dutch advisory body warned Friday.

Italy begins autopsies of 26 drowned migrant girls

Rome - Italian pathologists began post-mortem examinations Wednesday of 26 migrant girls found dead at sea, as Nigeria called for an international inquiry into their deaths.

French man on trial for 'smuggling' Syrian in-laws to Europe

Atenas - A French man will be tried Thursday in Patras in western Greece for attempting to take his Syrian in-laws to Italy, in a bid to avoid a dangerous sea crossing with smugglers.

Nigeria urges UN probe into deaths of 26 female migrants

Lagos - Nigeria on Wednesday called for an international inquiry after 26 women and girls drowned attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

Mattis looks to diplomacy as IS crumbles in Syria

Helsinki - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that he supported a diplomatic solution for the Syria conflict, as America and its partners look beyond the defeat of the Islamic State group in the war-torn nation.

Italy to investigate fatal shipwreck with all-female victims

Rome - The bodies of 26 women who drowned attempting the perilous crossing from Libya to Europe were brought to Italy on Sunday, where investigators launched a murder inquiry.

Homeward bound? Europe mulls fate of jihadist families

Paris - As the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate" crumbles under an international military pounding, Europe's governments are grappling with a shared problem: what to do with returning jihadists and their families.

Using vehicles as weapons of terror in Europe and America

New York - A pickup driver ploughed a truck into cyclists and pedestrians in New York on Tuesday, killing eight people in the first deadly "act of terror" in the city since September 11, 2001.

Migrant arrivals in Italy down 70% as Libya block holds

Rome - Migrant arrivals in Italy have dropped nearly 70 percent since summer as a deal with Libya blocks boats and would-be asylum seekers use other routes into Europe.

Central Europe storms leave seven dead

Berlin - Seven people have died as heavy storms lashed central Europe, leaving authorities in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic scrambling to restore rail and road links.

At least five dead as storm hits central Europe

Prague - At least five people died in a windstorm that hit central Europe on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions.

At least three dead as storm hits central Europe

Prague - At least three people died in a windstorm that hit central Europe on Sunday, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions, rescuers said.

Pope decries low birth rates in Europe

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Saturday decried low birth rates in Europe and urged more help for young people preparing their future path in society.

Unilateral declarations of independence in Europe

Paris - Several European territories have unilaterally declared independence since the end of World War II, mainly because of the collapse of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

Sophisticated DNA labs unveiled to help trace the missing

Den Haag - State-of-the-art laboratories were unveiled Tuesday in the Netherlands to help millions of families track down loved ones missing in conflicts and disasters around the world through new, sophisticated DNA tests.

A fifth of women over 65 in Europe disabled by 2047: study

Paris - More than one in five women and a sixth of men in Europe over the age of 65 will be afflicted by serious physical disabilities before mid-century, according to a study published Tuesday.

European business deals with Iran are safe: Tillerson

Washington - The United States does not intend to disrupt European business deals with Iran, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in comments published Friday.

EU sees 'real chance' to shut migrant route from Libya

Brussels - The EU on Thursday pledged more money for Italy's work with Libya to stem migrant flows to Europe, with Brussels seeing a "real chance" to close the central Mediterranean route.
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