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Denmark confiscates thousands of euros from migrants

Copenhagen - Danish police announced Thursday they confiscated cash worth nearly 11,000 euros from migrants under a controversial law allowing authorities to seize valuables from people trying to obtain asylum in the country.

Ten women killed in new Med migrant tragedy

Rome - Ten women died Thursday in a new migrant boat accident in the Mediterranean, Italian authorities said as they began the grisly evacuation of hundreds of corpses from a salvaged wreck.

Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end

Paris - Europe's trailblazing Rosetta spacecraft will end its mission on September 30, reuniting with robot lab Philae on the surface of a comet hurtling through the Solar System, mission control said Thursday.

At least 10 dead on migrant boat sinking off Italy

Rome - At least 10 people died after an inflatable dinghy loaded with migrants began sinking in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said.

A President Trump would 'complicate' U.S.-Europe ties: Hollande

Paris - If US Republican candidate Donald Trump is elected president it would be a dangerous result and "complicate" relations between Europe and the United States, French President Francois Hollande has warned.

Rights court mulls claims CIA secretly held suspects in E. Europe

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday opened hearings into the cases of two former Guantanamo Bay inmates, who claim to have been held by the CIA in secret prisons in Romania and Lithuania before being transferred to the notorious US prison ...

Italy to remove corpses from salvaged migrant boat

Rome - Italy is to begin removing the remains of hundreds of people from a sunken migrant boat after raising it from the Mediterranean seabed and towing it to Sicily, the navy announced Wednesday.

Shocked EU tells Britain to leave quickly

Brussels - A stunned EU on Friday urged Britain to leave as "soon as possible" amid fears the devastating blow to European unity could spark a chain reaction of further referendums.

Can the EU survive Brexit?

Brussels - Britain's vote to become the first country to leave the EU opens up a Pandora's box of uncertainties threatening the survival of the whole post-war European project, analysts said Friday.

5,000 migrants rescued in wave of Med crossings

Rome - Some 5,000 migrants were rescued from rubber dinghies in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said, averting another potential high seas disaster.

German mural for dead migrant boy vandalised

Frankfurt - Vandals have destroyed a mural in Germany dedicated to a Syrian toddler who drowned last year trying to reach Europe with his family, police said Thursday.

Interpol seeks public help to catch human traffickers

Lyon - Interpol called Thursday for public help to track down scores of human traffickers wanted around the world, accused of "profiting from the desperation" of migrants determined to reach Europe.

EU agrees new border force to tackle migrant crisis

Brussels - The European Union has reached agreement to set up a new border and coastguard force that could intervene in front-line countries like Greece and Italy to curb the influx of migrants.

Sweden clamps down on asylum seekers

Stockholm - Sweden toughened its rules for new asylum seekers on Tuesday as well as for refugees wanting to join their families in the country, after receiving 160,000 asylum claims last year.

EU boosts Libya naval mission, to enforce arms embargo

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed to boost the bloc's anti-people smuggling operation in the Mediterranean to include training of the Libyan coastguard and enforcing a UN arms embargo.

Tens of thousands demonstrate against racism in Germany

Berlin - Tens of thousands of people joined weekend rallies in Germany to condemn racism and right-wing populist groups who have been railing against a record influx of migrants.

Greek people smuggler given 103-year jail term: Media

Atenas - A Greek people smuggler was sentenced to 103 years in prison for ferrying groups of migrants across the Aegean Sea to Europe, local media reported Sunday.

Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe: UN refugee chief

Tehran - The UN's refugee chief says a worrying "climate of xenophobia" has taken hold in Europe as the continent struggles with the biggest influx of migrants since World War II.

Gay Pride prouder and louder after Orlando attacks

Vienna - Tens of thousands of Europeans paid tribute in Gay Pride marches on Saturday to the 49 people massacred in a gay nightclub in Orlando last weekend in a defiantly festive atmosphere.

Afghan refugees already 'forgotten' before migrant crisis: UN

Tehran - Displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe en masse last year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday in Iran.

Pope takes in more Syrian asylum-seekers from Greece

Vatican City - Pope Francis has welcomed nine more Syrian asylum-seekers to Rome, two months after he flew another group back from Greece aboard his personal plane, the Vatican said Thursday.

UN chief urges end of migrant 'detention' in Greece

Kallon - UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said Saturday that the "detention" of migrants who have arrived in Greece since March should cease immediately, as he visited the frontline of the migration crisis engulfing Europe.

Rape, abuse stalk migrant children in French slums, UN warns

Lille - Migrant children stuck in slums on France's northern coast face a "permanent danger" of sexual abuse or exploitation, the UN Children's Fund has warned, urging the creation of protected areas for minors.

MSF rejects EU funds over 'shameful' migrant policy

Brussels - Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders on Friday said it would no longer take funds from the EU in protest at its "shameful" policies on the migration crisis, including a deal with Turkey.

Half of Germans say too many Muslims in country: Poll

Berlin - Half the population of Germany feels they are "foreigners in their own country" because there are too many Muslims, according to a survey published Wednesday showing hardening attitudes against migrants.

EU says Turkey still not doing enough for visa-free travel

Brussels - Turkey must still do more to meet the EU's conditions to win visa-free travel for Turks under a migrant crisis deal, for which the deadline is July 1, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

Italy extends custody for 'people smuggler'

Rome - An Italian public prosecutor has rejected a request to release from custody an Eritrean man who says he was mistakenly arrested on suspicion of heading a major people smuggling network.

Unaccompanied child migrant numbers double in Europe: UN

Geneva - The number of unaccompanied children making the notoriously dangerous Mediterranean crossing aboard unseaworthy boats has more than doubled this year, the UN children's agency said in a new report Tuesday.

Germany warns refugees against polygamy, child brides

Berlin - Germany will not recognise polygamy or marriages involving minors, its justice minister said Tuesday, as concern rises over such cases amid a record influx of refugees, many from Muslim countries.

German man goes on trial for double child murder

Berlin - A German security guard went on trial Tuesday accused of murdering two children, one of them a four-year-old Bosnian boy snatched from a crowded migrant registration centre last year.
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