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Spain asylum system 'obsolete': Amnesty

Madrid - Amnesty International called Tuesday on Spain to reform an asylum system it labelled "inefficient, obsolete and discriminatory", blasting the "embarrassing" low number of refugees that have been taken in.

26 women report sex assaults at German music festival

Berlin - The number of women who have reported being sexually harassed or assaulted at a German music festival last weekend has risen to 26, police said Tuesday.

Paris plans refugee camp as migrant deaths spike

Paris - The Paris mayor unveiled plans Tuesday for a refugee camp in the French capital as the migrant crisis took on an ever-more deadly turn with 2,500 drowned in the Mediterranean so far this year.

Dalai Lama says 'too many' refugees in Europe

Berlin - The Dalai Lama said in an interview published Thursday that Europe has accepted "too many" refugees, and that they should eventually return to help rebuild their home countries.

Migrant deaths in Med up sharply: UN

Geneva - More than 2,500 people have died trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe so far in 2016, the UN said Tuesday, a sharp jump from the same period last year.

No longer just a job: The unlikely crew saving lives in the Mediterranean

Cagliari - They are unlikely members of the same crew: career seamen for whom it was initially just another job and landlubber humanitarian workers trying to make the world a better place.But together, aboard the MS Aquarius, they get the job done.

Migrant crossings to Italy — What do we know?

Rome - With 13,000 people rescued in one week and hundreds presumed drowned, what do we know about migrant flows across the Mediterranean to Italy?Is there a surge in the number of boat migrants compared to 2015?No, the numbers are stable.

Hungary bolsters anti-migrant fence on Serbia border

Szeged - Hungary said Monday it had begun reinforcing its anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border following an increase in arrivals after the evacuation of Idomeni camp on the Greece-Macedonia frontier.

Migrant deal off if no visa-free travel, Turkey warns EU

Antalya - Ankara will abandon a deal with the European Union to reduce migrant flows if its citizens are not granted visa-free travel to most of the bloc, Turkey's foreign minister has warned.

Bulgaria stops 100 migrants at Greek border

Sofia - Bulgaria has for the first time blocked around a hundred migrants from entering through its southern border with Greece, sending a "strong message" to human traffickers, a minister said Sunday.

Forty children drown as shipwrecks claim up to 700, survivors say

Rome - A week of shipwrecks and death in the Mediterranean culminated Sunday with harrowing testimony from migrant survivors who said another 500 people including 40 children had drowned, bringing the number of feared dead to 700.

Up to 700 migrants feared dead in Mediterranean this week: UNHCR

Rome - Up to 700 migrants are feared to have drowned in deadly shipwrecks off the coast of Libya this week, the UN's refugee agency said Sunday, citing survivor testimony.

Britain rescues 19 migrants from inflatable boat in Channel

London - The British coastguard said it rescued 19 migrants on Sunday from the Channel after their inflatable boat began to take on water."The rhib (rigid-hulled inflatable boat), with 19 people on board was located at 2.

The never-ending vigil for millions yearning to bury their dead

Den Haag - Nameless migrants laid to rest in unmarked scrubland, murder victims dumped in mass graves, desperate searches for the missing after natural disasters. Around the world, millions of families wait in vain to bury their dead.

Dozens drown in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy

Rome - The Italian navy has recovered the bodies of 45 migrants who drowned Friday in the latest shipwreck, while dozens of others are still missing in the third major tragedy in the Mediterranean in as many days.

Dozens missing in new shipwreck off Libya: Rescuers

Rome - Dozens of migrants were missing Friday after an overloaded fishing boat sank off the coast of Libya, the third major tragedy in the Mediterranean in as many days, Italian rescuers said.

After mud and misery, migrants find new hardship in Greek camps

Thessalon - Hours after leaving the mud and misery of the Greek border camp of Idomeni, Juan from Syria is dismayed to find his new home -- a warehouse turned into a shelter -- is hardly an improvement.

Hope fuels dreams of migrants on boat to Europe

Italy - "This is five stars compared to what we have been through recently," says the teenager from the Ivory Coast.

Over 100 feared dead in new migrant boat tragedies in Mediterranean

Rome - Over 100 migrants were feared dead Thursday after two crowded boats capsized off Libya in separate incidents, with one of the tragedies captured on video that shows dramatic rescues and desperate final moments.

Symbolic Greek migrant camp cleared as more die crossing Med

Atenas - The squalid Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece which became a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis has been fully evacuated, police said Thursday, as another 30 died crossing the Mediterranean.

Up to 30 dead in shipwreck off Libya: EU naval force

Rome - Up to 30 people are feared dead after a shipwreck off Libya, while about 50 migrants have been rescued from the waves, the EU's naval force said Thursday.

Refugees in Germany turn to church for sanctuary

Tutzing - Peshtiwan Nasser Abdal has been holed up in a church for the past four months, in a desperate bid to avoid deportation from Germany.

Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck off Libya

Rome - Dramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead.

A day in the life of the Med's migrant lifesavers

Italy - The sun beats down on a flat sea as a gentle breeze blows up from the Libyan coast but the Mediterranean idyll is soon to be shattered for the crew of migrant rescue ship the MS Aquarius.

Greek police evacuate 1,000 more migrants from squalid camp

Gevgelija - Greek police on Wednesday moved another 1,000 migrants out of Idomeni, the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months, on the second day of an operation likely to last a week.

Erdogan says Turkey parliament will block EU migrant deal if no visa-free travel

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union that the Turkish parliament would block laws related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of migrants to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel.

'Considerable drop' in Mediterranean migrant deaths: IOM

Geneva - The number of migrants dying while trying to cross the Mediterranean has fallen sharply, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday, voicing hope the lethal trend seen since 2013 may be turning.

Europe's far-right cheers Austria vote but loss highlights limits

Paris - While far-right parties across Europe hailed the near-election of one of their own as Austrian president as a boost for their future prospects, his defeat shows that mainstream forces are still capable of rallying to keep extremists out of power.

Hundreds of migrants relocated from squalid Greek border camp

Gevgelija - Greek police on Tuesday moved hundreds of migrants out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty had lived for months.

Greece to intensify evacuation of squalid migrant border camp

Gevgelija - Greece said Monday it will step up efforts to clear the squalid camp of Idomeni where over 8,400 migrants remain on the border with Macedonia after braving a winter in vain hope of being allowed through to Europe.
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