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'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region.

'Hideous' Trump a 'disgrace' for European protesters

Paris - Terrifying, hideous, racist, atrocious and a "disgrace to humanity": Protesters around Europe pulled no punches in reacting to Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday.

Honour for Cameroonian who shed light on Italy's 'modern slavery'

Rome - It was a passion for football that made Cameroonian Yvan Sagnet want to pursue his studies in Turin, home to Italy's most famous club, Juventus.

Deadly avalanches in Europe

Paris - An avalanche may have killed more than 25 people after engulfing an Italian mountain hotel, the national civil protection agency said Thursday.

Austria to tighten anti-migrant border controls

Vienna - Austria aims to tighten border controls, in particular on its frontier with Slovakia following a rise in migrants trying to enter the country, the defence minister was quoted as saying Wednesday.

Over 180 feared dead from migrant boat disaster in Mediterranean

Rome - Four people died and nearly 180 are missing, presumed dead, after Saturday's migrant ship capsize in the Mediterranean, officials said Tuesday after interviewing a handful of survivors.

Dutch vote to set off Europe's 'super election year'

Den Haag - Dutch voters head to crunch parliamentary polls in two months time, heralding the start of a "super election year" in three of Europe's leading economies: The Netherlands, France and Germany.

Scores missing in migrant crossing in Mediterranean: Italy

Rome - The Italian coastguard said on Saturday nearly a hundred people were missing after a boat with migrants sank off the Libyan coast."The bodies of eight people have been recovered.

Hungary's Orban defies EU with migrant detentions

Budapest - Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday he has defied Brussels by reintroducing the systematic detention of migrants arriving in the country in response to recent "terror" attacks in Europe.

Winter storm batters Europe

London - A powerful winter storm battered Europe on Friday, leaving 330,000 homes without power in France, prompting the evacuation of thousands of seaside dwellers in Britain and disrupting travel.

Hungary hands migrant-kicking journalist probation

Budapest - A Hungarian television camerawoman who made headlines in 2015 after tripping and kicking migrants fleeing police was found guilty Thursday of the misdemeanour of vandalism and was sentenced to probation.

Tunis vows to 'assume responsibility' after Berlin attack

Carthage - Tunisia will "assume its responsibilities" on unwanted migrants, President Beji Caid Essebsi said Thursday after Germany threatened to cut development aid to countries that stall on the return of rejected asylum seekers.

Rights report warns Trump-style populism threatens democracy

Washington - In an annual report that typically focuses on abuses in less-developed countries, Human Rights Watch on Thursday issued a sharply worded warning that the rise of populist politicians in the United States and Europe threatened modern rights movements an...

Germany to return new asylum seekers to Greece from March

Berlin - Germany will begin returning asylum seekers to Greece from mid-March, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP on Thursday, essentially lifting a five-year suspension on such transfers because of poor conditions there.

Europe freeze death toll rises to 65

Sofia - The death toll from the cold snap hitting parts of Europe rose to at least 65 on Wednesday as Bulgarian authorities reported seven fatalities.

German migrant arrivals down sharply as Merkel faces polls

Berlin - Germany said on Wednesday that migrant arrivals dropped by two-thirds in 2016 from the previous year's record high, providing relief for Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of this year's elections.

Swiss Muslim girls must take swimming classes with boys: Europe court

Strasbourg - Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to school-run swimming lessons with boys, Europe's top rights court said Tuesday, dismissing a challenge by a Turkish-Swiss couple claiming the rule violated their beliefs.

Europe's deep freeze claims new victims

Varsovia - Sub-freezing temperatures across swathes of Europe have claimed over 60 victims in recent days -- notably in Poland, Romania and the Balkans -- with migrants and the homeless among the most vulnerable, officials said on Tuesday.

Europe cold snap kills dozens, prompts travel chaos

Varsovia - A cold snap gripping Europe has killed more than 30 people in recent days, left thousands of travellers stranded in snow-covered Turkey and brought fresh misery for migrants and the homeless.

Germany threatens aid cuts over asylum seeker return

Berlin - Germany threatened on Sunday to end development aid to countries that refuse to take back rejected asylum seekers, a response to failings which kept the suspected Berlin attacker from being deported.

Homeless and migrants threatened as deep freeze grips Europe

Blizzards and icy temperatures in Europe have left over 20 people dead and even blanketed the Greek islands and southern Italy in snow, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in the freezing cold.

At least 23 people die in cold snap across Europe

Varsovia - A cold wave across Europe has left at least 23 dead in the past two days, including several migrants and homeless people, authorities said Saturday, with the frigid temperatures expected to continue through the weekend.

Frenchman acquitted of aiding migrants

Nice - A French court on Friday acquitted a man for helping migrants sneak into the country from Italy as immigration issues play a major role ahead of this year's elections.

Tragic end for migrants who thought they'd reached Italy

Tripoli - After several days at sea the migrants spotted land, thinking it was Italy. Several drowned trying to swim ashore. But when the survivors reached dry land they found they were still in Libya.

Italy to step up deportations after migrant death protest

Rome - Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman.

French farmer in the dock for aiding migrants

Nice - A French farmer who faces up to five years in prison for helping African migrants slip into the country and find shelter told his trial Wednesday he merely wanted to relieve their suffering.

Migrants protest over reported attacks in Croatian capital

Zagreb - Around 50 migrants staged a protest in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Monday claiming they have suffered attacks by unknown assailants, state-run HRT television reported.

More than 1,000 migrants storm border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - More than 1,000 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Sunday in a violent assault that saw one officer lose an eye, local authorities said.

UK faces legal fight with Calais child asylum seekers

London - Dozens of children who sought asylum in Britain after living in the Calais "Jungle" camp have launched a legal challenge against the government's handling of their claims, their lawyers said Thursday.

Italy says another 900 migrants rescued in Med

Rome - Another 900 migrants have been rescued from stricken boats off Libya, Italy's coastguard said Wednesday, three days before the end of what is already a record year for arrivals at the country's southern ports.
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