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French police foil '1,000 bids' to cross Channel

Calais - French police said they had prevented more than 1,000 desperate attempts by migrants to get into Britain via the Channel Tunnel Friday, as London readied emergency talks on the crisis.

British PM's 'swarm' of migrants comment sparks outrage

London - Prime Minister David Cameron faced heavy criticism Thursday for saying a "swarm" of migrants was trying to come to Britain, as authorities in France struggle to stop them crossing the Channel.

French police slow migrant bids to cross Channel

Calais - The British government was to hold an emergency meeting Friday to grapple with a migrant crisis on its doorstep, as police in northern France blocked at least 200 people from reaching the Channel tunnel.

Migrant bids to cross Channel slowing, say French police

Calais - Migrants holed up in northern France made fewer attempts to reach England via the Channel Tunnel in the early hours of Thursday, police said, suggesting beefed-up security is having an impact.

Hitler, the army and French bashing: UK tabloids on Calais crisis

London - British tabloids combined two of their favourite themes in covering the Calais migrants controversy Thursday -- French bashing and railing against the government response to illegal immigration.

Cops from US to Australia in hunt for Mexico capo: DEA

- Police from the Americas to Europe and Australia have joined forces in a "marathon" to catch Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a top US law enforcement official said.

Egyptian electrocuted trying to jump onto London-Paris train

Paris - An Egyptian man was fighting for his life on Wednesday after being electrocuted at a Paris station while trying to leap onto the Eurostar train to London, said a source close to the case.

El Dorado or pipe dream? Calais migrants hope for new life in UK

London - Thousands of migrants are trying to cross the Channel from France in search of a better life in Britain -- but what makes them risk their lives travelling from one wealthy European country to another?

Migrant deaths in the Eurotunnel

Paris - One person was found dead as migrants desperate to reach England made at least 1,500 attempts overnight to storm the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port city of Calais.

Migrants storm Eurotunnel in bid to reach England

Calais - One man died Wednesday as migrants made some 1,500 attempts to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in a desperate bid to get to England, a situation that Premier David Cameron warned was "very concerning.

One dead as migrants try to storm Eurotunnel terminal again

Calais - One man was found dead Wednesday as migrants made some 1,500 attempts to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in a desperate bid to get to England, a situation the British prime minister warned was "very concerning.

Some '2,000' migrants try to storm Channel Tunnel terminal

Lille - Attempts by migrants desperate to reach England through the Channel Tunnel reached a new peak overnight, as about 2,000 migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in the French port town of Calais.

Europe-Australia talks over stopping asylum-seeker boats: Abbott

Sydney - Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said Australia and Europe were in talks on how to stop asylum-seeker boats after the success of his government's controversial polices on the issue.

Warsaw hosts rival pro- and anti-migrant protests

Varsovia - Two demonstrations were held in Warsaw Saturday, with participants in one welcoming migrants into their country while rival protesters chanted "no to migrants.

Hungary to finish Serbia border fence by August 31: PM Orban

Budapest - Hungary will finish building its anti-migrant fence on its southern border with Serbia by August 31, ahead of a previous November deadline, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Saturday.

Eritrea calls for UN probe into 'abhorrent' people smuggling

Addis Ababa - Eritrea on Saturday called on the United Nations to investigate the "abhorrent" flood of refugees from its borders to Europe, an exodus attributed to gross human rights violations in the hermit state.

40 migrants feared dead after boat sinks off Libyan coast: UNHCR

Rome - Up to 40 migrants who were seeking to reach Europe are feared dead after their inflatable dinghy sank off the coast of Libya, according to survivors interviewed by the UN refugee agency Thursday."My colleagues are interviewing the survivors...

EU fails to reach migrant resettlement target

Brussels - EU ministers failed to agree Monday on how to redistribute an agreed total of 40,000 Syrian and Eritrean migrants from overstretched Italy and Greece, officials said.

15,000 scouts evacuated in France as storm hits camp

Strasbourg - Around 15,000 teenaged scouts from all over Europe had to be evacuated from a camp in France in the early hours of Saturday after a violent storm hit the area.

Rescue boat with hundreds of migrants stopped from landing in Sicily: Charity

Milan - Italian authorities prevented a rescue boat with some 700 migrants aboard from landing in Sicily because there was no room for the people in reception centres, a humanitarian group said Friday.

Italian protesters torch beds to try block migrant arrivals

Treviso - Residents in a chic Rome suburb and a northern Italian village staged angry anti-immigrant protests on Friday, with villagers setting mattresses ablaze in a bid to stop authorities from housing migrants.

Hungary to close refugee camps in populated areas

Budapest - Hungary plans to close its permanent refugee shelters in towns and cities and set up temporary camps outside urban areas instead, the latest response to a surge in migrants crossing its borders.

European stocks gain ground after Athens bailout vote

London - Europe's main stock markets advanced at the start of trading on Thursday after Greek MPs voted in favour of an austerity-laden bailout package.In opening trade, London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.28 percent to 6,772.

2,700 migrants rescued off Italian coast

Rome - Around 2,700 migrants were rescued Wednesday off the coast of Italy, as Europe struggles to deal with a swelling tide of arrivals from across the Mediterranean.

Hungary starts building anti-migrant border fence

Budapest - Hungarian soldiers on Monday began erecting a controversial fence on the border with Serbia which is aimed at keeping out migrants.

Photo essay: Berlin is made for art lovers Special

Berlin - Berlin is an artistic paradise. From the unique architecture of Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum to the outdoor East Side Gallery, Berlin showcases memorable art you won't see anywhere else.

Mediterranean migrant crossings to Europe 'hit 150,000 in 2015'

Ginebra - Some 150,000 migrants and refugees have so far this year made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, and more than 1,900 of them have died, the International Organization for Migration said Friday.

France, Germany to take 21,000 migrants

Luxembourg - France and Germany agreed Thursday to accept some 21,000 asylum-seekers and refugees as part of EU efforts to deal with the flood of migrants seeking refuge from conflicts across North Africa and the Middle East.

Five dead, 13 missing after migrant boat sinks in Aegean

Atenas - Greek and Turkish coastguards have recovered the bodies of five migrants after a boat sinking in the Aegean Sea and another 13 are still missing, officials said Thursday.

EU to help Balkan countries struggling with migrant wave: Merkel

Belgrade - The European Union will help Hungary and western Balkan countries struggling with an influx of migrants, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. "Greece and Italy were the first destination for refugees and migrants...
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