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3,000 migrants saved off Libya a day after record rescue

Rome - Rescuers saved 3,000 migrants in the waters off Libya on Tuesday as they tried desperately to reach Europe, a day after a record 6,500 people were rescued in the Mediterranean.

Sudan says 816 African migrants arrested in 2 months

Khartoum - Some 800 African migrants and a group of smugglers were arrested near Sudan's border with Libya while trying to reach Europe between June and August, security officers told reporters Tuesday.

Some 6,500 migrants rescued off Libya: Italian coastguard

Rome - Around 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya, the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.

EU nations must not to refuse Muslim migrants: Merkel

Berlin - The refusal of some EU countries to accept Muslim refugees is "unacceptable", Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday as Germany called for quotas to divide the influx throughout the bloc.

Germany expects 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Berlin - Germany expects up to 300,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015's record influx, the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) said Sunday.

Hungary to build second fence line on southern border, PM says

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday a second fence line will be built on the country's southern border with Serbia, capable of stopping any new wave of migrants toward the EU.

Changing mood in Europe a year after Austria migrant disaster

Vienna - The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck in Austria last August shocked Europe and led countries to open their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly from the Middle East.

Greece must shield refugees from winter, crime: UN

Atenas - Greece must step up efforts to protect thousands of refugees and migrants from the coming winter and boost security in its camps, the UN's top refugee official said Thursday.

Refugee who made it returns with drone to halt drownings

Kallon - Standing on a pebbled beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, Mehdi Salehi searches for a good spot to set his drone loose.

Afghan travels 400km belted to underside of lorry

Rome - An Afghan migrant travelled 400 kilometres (250 miles) along an Italian highway strapped by leather belts to the bottom of a lorry, police said Tuesday.

Euro police arrest 75 in major online child abuse swoop

Den Haag - Police swooped in 28 European countries and arrested 75 suspects for sharing child sex images on the internet while investigating 207 cases across the continent, Europe's policing agency said Tuesday.

Czech PM says no to 'large Muslim community'

Prague - Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said Tuesday he does not want a "large Muslim community" and that each EU member should be able to choose how many migrants to accept.

Greece says at least 41,000 asylum seekers on its territory

Atenas - Greece has at least 41,000 refugees and migrants who are seeking asylum, mostly Syrians eligible to relocate within the EU, the migration minister said on Tuesday.

Merkel wants migrant return deals with N.African states

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Tuesday on the EU and North African countries to do deals modelled on a controversial agreement with Turkey to stem migrant flows to Europe.

100 migrants rescued after being stranded off Greece

Atenas - Around 100 migrants were rescued after their boats ran aground Friday off the coast of Greece, police said, while two Syrian girls, one of them a baby, drowned off the Libyan coast.

Syrian baby, 5-year-old dead in migrant boat capsize

Rome - Two Syrian girls, one of them an eight-month-old baby, are among up to six people who died when a boat carrying would-be migrants to Europe capsized off Libya Thursday, rescuers said.

EU anti-terror police to track extremists at Greece camps

Atenas - Anti-terror experts from European police agency Europol will travel to Greece in an effort to track would-be jihadists amongst the migrants stuck in the country's camps, a Greek police source said Saturday.

Firefighters bringing blazes under control in Portugal, France

Lisbon - Firefighters were making progress in quenching forest fires that have ravaged parts of Portugal and France, officials said Friday, as Spain faced a rash of possibly deliberate blazes.

'Groundhog Day' for migrants in Rome cul-de-sac

Rome - Every night the same scene unfolds in Via Cupa near Rome's Tiburtina station: one by one, migrants take a dirty and battered mattress from a pile and place it against the wall, turning the small dark street into a star-lit dormitory.

Syrian child refugees tell Pope of new life in Rome

Vatican City - Young Syrian refugees who Pope Francis brought home with him after a trip to Greece laughed and joked with the pontiff Thursday as they told him of their new life in Italy.

Libyans bury decomposing bodies of migrants near Tripoli

Tripoli - Residents of a Libyan town have buried the decomposing bodies of 21 migrants who had washed up on their beach after authorities failed to act, an NGO and medics said Monday.

Fears mount that EU-Turkey migrant deal could collapse

Brussels - Fears are mounting in the European Union that its months-old pact with Turkey to curb migrant flows could collapse as a rift deepens over Ankara's crackdown following a failed coup.

'Jihadist' headed Italy trafficking gang

Rome - Italian authorities said Friday they had broken up a people trafficking gang based near Naples headed by a Tunisian national they suspect of jihadist links.

Greece denies call for 'Plan B' in EU-Turkey migrant deal

Atenas - Greece's immigration minister on Wednesday denied having called on the European Union to draw up a back-up plan in case Turkey reneges on a controversial deal aimed at limiting the influx of migrants.

Czech president refuses to welcome any migrants

Prague - Czech President Milos Zeman has rejected a government proposal to take in some 2,700 migrants languishing in Italy and Greece, claiming they might pose a security threat, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Erdogan accuses Europe of failure to keep migrant deal promises

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday lashed out at the European Union for dragging its feet in releasing promised funds for Syrian refugees as well as providing visa-free travel for Turks into the passport-free Schengen zone.

Global migrant deaths this year top 4,000: IOM

Geneva - Global migrant deaths have topped 4,000 in the first seven months of this year, a 26-percent increase in the fatality rate compared with the same period of 2015, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday.

Germany rejects Turkish threat over EU migrants accord

Berlin - Germany on Tuesday dismissed a Turkish threat to renege on a controversial EU deal on stemming the flow of migrants if it is not granted visa-free travel by October.

Austrian chancellor rejects Turkish 'intimidation'

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said he will not bow to "intimidation" from Turkey after receiving online death threats as tensions rise between the EU and Ankara, in comments published Tuesday.

Italy says 8,300 migrants rescued in five days

Rome - Some 1,800 migrants were rescued from waters off Libya Monday, lifting the total picked up to 8,300 over five days, according to the Italian coastguard which coordinated the operations.
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