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Merkel defends refugee policy in protest-hit eastern city

Chemnitz - German Chancellor Angela Merkel was forced to defend her refugee policy on Friday in a highly anticipated visit to an eastern city hit by xenophobic protests that shocked the country earlier this year.

Migrants refuse to disembark in Libya, fearing torture: Amnesty

London - Dozens of migrants and refugees aboard a merchant vessel at a Libyan port are refusing to disembark for fear of "detention and torture", rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Friday.

Putin critic claims victory after rights court condemns arrests

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights court condemned Russia on Thursday over a series of arrests of the outspoken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, calling them "politically motivated" attempts to curtail opposition to President Vladimir Putin's government.

Russia's arrests of Navalny aimed to 'suppress political pluralism': European court

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that Russia's repeated arrests of opposition leader Alexei Navalny were politically motivated and violated his rights.

European rights court to rule on Russian opposition leader

Strasbourg - Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny heads Thursday to the European Court of Human Rights which will rule on whether his repeated arrests were politically motivated.

Trump lashes Macron as Europe moves on defense without US

Washington - Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed an extraordinary attack on Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president's approval rating and lashing him over European defense proposals which enjoyed a crucial new boost from Germany.

Trump criticizes Macron again over European defense remarks

Washington - Donald Trump on Tuesday launched another attack against Emmanuel Macron over the French president's call for a European army, a proposal the US leader earlier had dubbed "insulting.

Macron, Trump in show of unity after row over Europe's defence

Paris - US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron sought Saturday to ease tensions caused by a defence row that risked clouding World War I centenary commemorations in Paris.

Macron's proposal for EU army 'very insulting': Trump

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's suggestion for a joint European army is "very insulting," Donald Trump said Friday on arriving in Paris for ceremonies to mark the end of World War 1.

European rights court faults Spain over 'biased' 2010 ETA case

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday that it had ruled against Spain over a 2010 trial of Basque militants who claimed they had been denied a fair trial.

'Humanitarian immunity' for Frenchman who aided pregnant migrant

Gap - Prosecutors in France on Friday said they had dropped legal proceedings against a man who rescued a Nigerian migrant about to give birth on the Franco-Italian border in freezing weather, citing "humanitarian immunity".

Germany, Netherlands back Niger border force to counter migration

Niamey - Germany and the Netherlands have pledged to fund special forces in Niger to control its border and prevent illegal migration, the EU's security mission in the country said Thursday.

Hungarian camerawoman acquitted in migrant skirmish

Budapest - A Hungarian television camerawoman who made headlines in 2015 after tripping and kicking migrants fleeing police was acquitted Tuesday by the country's Supreme Court.

Mondo Duplantis honored as 2018 'Men's Rising Star' in Europe

Lausanne - Swedish pole vaulter Armand "Mondo" Duplantis was honored as the 2018 "Men's Rising Star" on October 26 at the Golden Tracks award ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Two migrant children die at sea between Morocco and Spain: NGO

Madrid - Two seven-year-old children have died in the Mediterranean as hundreds of migrants sought to reach Spain from Morocco, a Spanish NGO said Saturday.

'Europe or bust' migrants undeterred in Morocco

Tanger - For scores of African migrants, it's a case of "Europe or bust", no matter what Moroccan authorities throw at them in the way of detentions and being bussed hundreds of kilometres away."I'll come back here even if they send me back 10 times!

EU-bound migrants scuffle with Bosnian police near border

Velika Kladusa - Bosnian police blocked some 250 migrants from reaching the border with its neighbour and EU member Croatia Tuesday, sparking a scuffle, shortly after thwarting another group in a similar attempt."They tried to cross by force.

Europe's ten best deep technology scaleups

EIT Digital has named Europe's ten best deep technology scaleups. This was part of the fifth edition of the EIT Digital Challenge. The winners were named during a final pitch event in Brussels.

Italy's model migrant town struggles to survive

Riace - The artisan shops in Riace's historic centre are shuttered and its alleyways quiet as locals wait to see what will happen to Italy's world-renowned model of migrant integration.

Mass tax trickery cost Europe 55 bln euros: report

Frankfurt Am Main - Two closely-related tax schemes have helped banks and investors avoid tax or even syphon cash directly out of European treasuries totalling billions more than previously thought, an investigation by 19 media revealed Thursday.

Malta takes migants after Italy stand-off

Valletta - Migrants rescued at sea by a merchant vessel are being taken to Malta after two days in limbo following Italy's refusal to accept them, the Maltese armed forces said Wednesday.

Outrage over far-right 'war' on Italy migrant town

Rome - Anger in Italy grew Sunday over an interior ministry order to transfer all migrants out of a town at the centre of a national debate on the integration of asylum-seekers.

Italy shutters tiny town's landmark migrant model

Rome - Italy's interior ministry ordered Saturday that all migrants be transferred out of a tiny southern town that had welcomed them but which triggered a national debate on integration after its mayor was arrested.

Germany extends Austria border controls over migrants

Berlin - Germany said Friday it was extending by another half year border controls with Austria, which were reintroduced in several places in the passport-free Schengen zone in response to the migrant influx.

Morocco navy fires on migrant boat, wounding one

Rabat - The Moroccan navy opened fire on a boat transporting migrants from the North African country, wounding one of them, a military source said on Wednesday.

Morocco navy says 615 migrants saved in weekend ops

Rabat - Morocco's Royal Navy said Monday its forces rescued 615 migrants from 31 boats that ran into trouble in the Mediterranean at the weekend while trying to reach Spain.

Italy threatens to shut airports over migrant 'charter flights'

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini threatened Sunday to shut the country's airports after media reported that Germany planned to send charter flights of rejected asylum-seekers to Italy.

Gay marriage: Europe split in two

Paris - A referendum in Romania this weekend to define marriage explicitly as between a man and woman underlines the largely East-West split in Europe over same-sex unions.

Croatia urged to halt police 'violence' against migrants

Zagreb - The Council of Europe said Friday it has urged Croatia to investigate alleged police abuse of migrants trying to cross its borders.

Dozens of Moroccan migrants rescued at sea

Rabat - Morocco's navy rescued 37 of its citizens off the country's coast on Wednesday, as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the armed forces said.
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