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France jails Britons over migrants flown to UK

Boulogne-sur-mer - A French court on Friday jailed two Britons for over two years for having smuggled migrants to England in a light aircraft in what prosecutors said was a first.

France must build more migrant centres: rights body

Paris - France should create more reception centres for migrants to ensure decent conditions as arrivals pick up pace in the summer months, the head of an independent rights watchdog said Friday.

Keep migrants off mainland, Austria tells Italy

Vienna - Austria's foreign minister Sebastian Kurz called on Italy Thursday to stop migrants from reaching the mainland by halting the ferry services from the islands where they first land.

US, European police say 'dark web' markets shut down

Washington - US and European police on Thursday announced the shutdown of two huge "dark web" marketplaces that allowed the anonymous online trade of drugs, hacking software and guns.

Montenegro wildfires rage but 'under control' in Croatia and Portugal

Podgorica - Firefighters in Montenegro battled for a third day Wednesday to douse wildfires along the Adriatic coast, while blazes ravaging parts of neighbouring Croatia as well as Portugal were brought under control.

Europe watchdog voices fears over Polish court reforms

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights watchdog expressed fears Tuesday over Poland's controversial court reforms, which critics warn will end judicial independence and undermine democracy.

In first, migrants try to fly from France to UK on light aircraft

Lille - Four Albanian migrants tried to fly from France to Britain in a light aircraft, in what is believed to be a first, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

EU curbs rubber dinghy sales to Libya to stop migrants

Brussels - The European Union on Monday adopted limits on the export of inflatable boats to Libya in a bid to make it harder for smugglers to send migrants to Europe.

Italy delays citizenship rights bill under migrant pressure

Rome - Italy's government has delayed a parliamentary vote on a citizenship rights bill as tensions rise over the number of migrants arriving on the country's shores.

Venezuelan diaspora flocks to vote against Maduro

Miami - In Miami, Madrid and across Latin America Venezuelans living abroad enthusiastically cast ballots in a vote organized Sunday by the opposition that sought to undermine unpopular President Nicolas Maduro."I feel like a liberator!

Quiet Italy hamlets struggle with migrant 'human warehouses'

Conetta - They used to be sleepy hamlets on Italy's sun-baked Padan Plain. But two years with hundreds of asylum seekers packed into overcrowded centres dubbed "human warehouse" are taking their toll -- on both migrants and villagers.

Italians debate citizenship rights as migrant pressures grow

Rome - With a flood of migrants arriving on Italy's shores, a bitter debate has erupted over whether children born on Italian soil to foreign parents should have citizenship rights at birth.

Newborn among migrants reaching Italy after rescue off Libya

Rome - The first of more than 3,500 would-be migrants picked up off the coast of Libya in recent days arrived Wednesday in Italy, as Rome pressures other countries into taking their share.

Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face veil in Belgium 

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public, calling the restriction "necessary in a democratic society".

Top Europe court upholds ban on full-face veil in Belgium 

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public.

Migrants once again drawn to deadly Spanish route to Europe

Madrid - The number of migrants arriving on Spain's southern coast has more than doubled in 2017 from last year as they avoid passing through conflict-wracked Libya on their way to Europe.

Tusk calls on G20 leaders to be 'less cynical' in migrant smuggling fight

Hamburg - EU President Donald Tusk on Friday called on G20 leaders to be "less cynical" in the fight against human trafficking, urging countries to back a proposal that would levy UN sanctions against migrant smugglers.

Ex-PM Renzi says Italy should admit 'fixed number' of migrants

Rome - Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, the head of the ruling Democratic Party, on Friday said Italy should allow only a "fixed number" of migrants into the country as it grapples with a wave of people arriving by sea from North Africa.

Paris police shift 2,800 migrants

Paris - Paris police on Friday moved out nearly 2,800 migrants who had been living rough in the north of the city, in the latest operation to ease strains caused by a human influx to Europe.

EU ministers pledge steps to tackle migrant flood

Tallinn - EU interior ministers on Thursday pledged to back an urgent European Commission plan to help crisis-hit Italy, which has been overwhelmed by a wave of migrants arriving by sea from North Africa.

'Are we really the problem?' ask aid groups saving migrants

Rome - Privately-run aid organisations rescuing migrants off Libya have slammed the idea of creating a "code of conduct" for them to follow, saying European ministers tackling the crisis are bungling their response.

Migrant influx to Europe hits 100,000 in 2017

Geneva - More than 100,000 migrants have made the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe this year, the UN said Tuesday, amid mounting tensions among EU nations on how to tackle the crisis.

Over 100,000 migrants have crossed Med to Europe since January: UN

Geneva - More than 100,000 migrants and refugees have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the year, and 2,247 have died trying, the UN said Tuesday.

Austria ready to deploy army at Italy border

Vienna - Austria will "very soon" impose border checks and deploy soldiers on its frontier with Italy if the influx of migrants across the Mediterranean does not slow, Vienna's defence minister was quoted as saying Monday.

'Not sustainable' for Italy to handle migrant crisis alone: UN

Geneva - Italy cannot continue absorbing the tens of thousands of migrants landing on its shores on its own, the UN refugee agency warned Monday, urging the creation of a system to share the burden.

European ministers want 'code of conduct' for migrant rescue NGOs

Paris - France, Germany and Italy said Monday they had agreed to draw up a "code of conduct" for charities operating boats in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants crossing from Africa to Europe.

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Paris - The French and German interior ministers met with their Italian counterpart Marco Minniti in Paris on Sunday to discuss a "coordinated response" to Italy's migrant crisis, hours after Minniti had called on other European countries to open their ports t...

Italy urges other EU ports to welcome migrants

Rome - Italy's interior minister called Sunday on other European countries to open their ports to rescue ships ahead of talks with France and Germany on tackling the migrant emergency.

UN urges Europe to help Italy with migrant 'tragedy'

Geneva - The UN refugee agency is heaping pressure on Europe to help Italy defuse the "unfolding tragedy" of tens of thousands migrants flooding its shores.

UN refugee chief says Italy needs support helping migrants

Geneva - Italy needs more international support to cope with a wave of migrants that has flooded its shores since the start of the year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday.
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