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Cash freeze squeezes Italy migrant centres to bursting point

Rome - A steady flow of migrants arriving in the south has combined with the de facto closure of borders to the north to leave Italy's migrant reception centres bursting at the seams.

Danish far-right group's 'anti-migrant spray' draws ire

Copenhagen - A Danish far-right group faced criticism on Wednesday after courting criticism by handing out "asylum spray" to be used against violent migrants.

EU hopes to move 30,000 refugees from Greece by end of 2017

Brussels - The EU said Wednesday it hoped to relocate 30,000 refugees from Greece by the end of next year, insisting it was making "significant progress" on tackling the migrant crisis.

Pakistani boy gang-raped in Greek migrant camp: police

Atenas - Four Pakistani minors have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping a 16-year-old Pakistani boy in a Greek migrant camp, police said Wednesday."The four minors, aged 16 to 17, will appear before a prosecutor today," a police source told AFP.

German police shoot dead knife-wielding refugee

Berlin - German police shot dead a knife-wielding Iraqi in a refugee shelter who was attacking a Pakistani he suspected of having sexually abused his young daughter, police said Wednesday.

Calais migrants struggle with language barrier

Calais - For the cocktail of languages heard on the dirt streets of the Calais "Jungle" take a dollop of Dari, add a pinch of Amharic and Arabic, and sprinkle liberally with Punjabi, Pashto, Kurdish, Tigrinya and Farsi.

Amnesty slams Hungary's migrant 'abuse' ahead of vote

Budapest - Amnesty International on Tuesday denounced Hungary's right-wing government for "deliberately" mistreating asylum seekers and whipping up anti-migrant fears ahead of a national vote on the EU's troubled refugee relocation plan.

EU launches debit cards for refugees in Turkey

Ankara - The European Union on Monday launched a scheme worth almost 350 million euros providing mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey with pre-paid debit cards, the biggest project yet under a landmark deal between the bloc and Ankara.

Hollande vows to raze Calais migrant camp by year-end

Calais - French President Francois Hollande said Monday the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais would be dismantled by the end of this year under a plan to spread asylum seekers around the country.

Rosetta: The end of a space odyssey

Paris - Europe's trailblazing deep-space comet exploration for clues to the origins of the Solar System ends Friday with the Rosetta orbiter joining robot lab Philae on the iceball's dusty surface for eternity.The 1.4-billion-euro ($1.

'No camps in France,' vows Hollande, under rightwing pressure

Tours - President Francois Hollande, under pressure from the right wing, on Saturday stepped up his pledge to combat illegal migration, vowing to dismantle a squalid settlement near Calais and prevent similar camps from becoming established in France.

Sharp rise in attacks on refugee shelters in Austria

Vienna - Attacks on centres for asylum seekers in Austria are on course to double this year, according to government figures released on Saturday.

Embattled Merkel calls for migrant deals with third countries

Vienna - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire at home over her refugees policy, called Saturday for Europe to secure deals with third countries to send back migrants who do not qualify for asylum.

Migrant disasters in the Mediterranean

Cairo - The migrant disaster off Egypt this week adds to a relentless loss of life in the Mediterranean, where a single catastrophe killed some 800 people in April 2015.Following are despairing milestones in the ongoing migrant crisis.

UN rights chief slams Macedonia for migrant detentions

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Friday voiced deep concern over Macedonia's "systematic policy" of detaining and expelling migrants, criticising especially the widespread detention of migrant children.

At least 162 bodies recovered from Egypt migrant shipwreck

Cairo - Rescuers recovered at least 162 bodies from a migrant shipwreck off Egypt's coast by Friday evening, as the search for victims entered its third day.

Symbols of migrant plight to go on display in Germany

Berlin - A people smugglers' car, a dinghy and a life jacket are among items related to Europe's migration crisis due to go on display at a German museum.

Belgian police helped migrants cross French border: officials

Lille - Two Belgian policemen were arrested for helping a group of migrants return to France after they wound up in Belgium by mistake while heading to Calais, officials said Thursday.

Deport migrants to camps outside EU: Hungary PM

Budapest - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday that migrants who have entered the EU illegally should be deported to camps outside the bloc, such as on an island, or on the north African coast.

Bid to prosecute Dutch Srebrenica commanders thrown out

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday dismissed a claim that Dutch commanders should be prosecuted for failing to prevent the deaths of three victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

Dreams of migrants on doomed boat end in tragedy

Rosetta - Mutwali Mohamed watched helplessly as his wife and son slipped under the waves after the crowded migrant boat they boarded capsized off Egypt's coast on its voyage to Italy.

German populists in new storm over refugee 'worms' comments

Berlin - German populist party AfD was caught in a new storm Thursday after it emerged that a recently elected Berlin deputy had called refugees "disgusting worms" while another key member sold Nazi paraphernalia.

Dozens more feared dead in Egypt migrant boat tragedy

Rosetta - Rescuers brought more bodies to shore on Thursday a day after a boat crowded with migrants capsized off the coast of Egypt, drowning at least 51 people.

Boat with up to 450 migrants capsizes off Egypt, 42 drowned

Rosetta - A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast on Wednesday, drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said.

Berlin mulls border control extension

Berlin - German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday he favoured a six-month extension for border controls which Brussels has authorised until November.

Hungary is breaking EU law on migrants: Nordic nations

Stockholm - Nordic nations on Wednesday called for the EU to take "measures" against Hungary over its reluctance to take in registered asylum-seekers.

Greece finds shelter for Lesbos migrants after fire

Kallon - Greece on Wednesday managed to find shelter for some 5,000 migrants on the island of Lesbos two days after a fire ravaged part of the main asylum seekers' camp, officials said.

Xenophobia 'a threat' to peace in eastern Germany: Berlin

Berlin - Growing xenophobia and rightwing extremism could threaten peace in eastern Germany, the government warned Wednesday, voicing fears over the impact of a series of attacks on refugees in the region.

Work starts on wall near Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp

Calais - Building work began Tuesday on a wall in the northern French city of Calais to clamp down on repeated attempts by migrants to stow away on trucks heading for Britain.

Greek migrant camp torched as UN warns of deadly year

Atenas - Greek police arrested nine migrants after clashes and a huge fire at an asylum seekers' camp, as the UN warned Tuesday that 2016 could be the deadliest year yet for refugees trying to reach Europe.
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