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Italy seizes blocked NGO migrant ship

Rome - Italy seized control Tuesday of an NGO ship it had prevented from landing nearly 50 migrants picked up off the Libyan coast, the interior ministry said.

'Hold the compass or die': jailed migrants recount ordeal

Trapani - Gambian Cherno Jallow, Senegalese Cheikhaya Dieng, and Ivorian Fofana Lamine, are finishing 44-month jail sentences in Italy after people smugglers forced them to navigate boats across the Mediterranean.

In Italy, arrests aplenty but top people smugglers remain elusive

Palermo - Despite hefty anti-mafia powers, international police cooperation and thousands of arrests, Italy has yet to deal a significant blow to the human-trafficking networks responsible for sending countless migrants across the Mediterranean.

Italy's Salvini lays down law for migrant rescue ships

Rome - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday launched a fresh crackdown on charity ships which rescue migrants off Libya and bring them to Italy.

Italian ship rescues migrants as Rome vows crackdown

Rome - An Italian charity ship rescued 49 migrants at sea off Libya Monday, prompting fresh threats from Rome against all private vessels saving people off the coast of north Africa.

Syrian denies Germany knife killing that sparked far-right riots

Dresden - Defence lawyers for a Syrian man on trial in Germany insisted Monday he is innocent of a knife killing that sparked racist street violence and far-right protests in the eastern city of Chemnitz last year.

Russians risk losing 'ultimate justice' in Council of Europe crisis

Moscow - Moscow may soon leave the Council of Europe, depriving Russians of what activists call the last hope for justice and crushing efforts to integrate the country into the international rights framework.

Ethiopia to send 737 Max 8 'black boxes' abroad for analysis

Ethiopia will transport the “black boxes” from Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to another country, an official announced Wednesday, a decision that will speed up a delay in the analysis of critical flight data that could help explain what happened.

Europe rights group rebukes Russia over Chechen torture cases

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe on Monday criticised Russia for failing to halt police torture of detainees in Chechnya, after an investigation found "credible allegations" of mistreatment of people in custody.

Nearly half of 'AI startups' are cashing in on the hype

Some 40 percent of firms across Europe classified as being “AI startups” showed no evidence that they used AI, according to new research from venture firm MMC.

Italy bulldozes migrant shanty town after deadly fires

Rome - Hundreds of migrants were evicted Wednesday from a make-shift migrant camp in southern Italy which has been the site of several deadly fires, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said."As promised...

Council of Europe says keep Russia in bloc to fight fake news

Apo - Russia should remain a member of Europe's rights body so that it can be subject to future rules outlawing the spreading of disinformation, the head of the bloc said on Tuesday.

Young and restless: Albanian youth see a future elsewhere

Tirana - After emerging from his hiding place inside a truck packed with children's toys at a British port, Alban Tufa saw the police and realised his attempt to slip into the country had failed.

Sea Watch rescue ship released by Italy coastguard

Rome - Migrant rescue ship Sea Watch 3 has been given permission to leave Italy three weeks after it was detained for breaching safety and environmental laws, the coastguard said Friday.

Merkel voices 'full solidarity' with Juncker in Orban row

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday voiced full backing for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in a widening row with Hungary's hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

New solutions proposed for renewable energy scaleup

A new energy assessment has outlined how innovation in the energy sector can pave the way for next stage of global energy transformation, focusing on delivering renewable solutions and meeting future demand.

Rights group slams 'inhuman' treatment of migrants in Greece

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the "inhuman and degrading treatment" of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police.

Trump-era US Europe rift wide open at Munich security talks

Munich - The United States and European powers voiced sharply differing views on issues from Mideast security to trade Saturday, laying bare a deep trans-Atlantic rift in the era of President Donald Trump.

Italian PM calls for EU solidarity on migration

Apo - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Tuesday urged European lawmakers to show a united front on migration, with the issue set to dominate the run-up to European elections in May.

German migrant rescue ship renamed after tragic toddler

Palma - A German migrant rescue ship which operates in the Mediterranean was renamed Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach at the height of the migrant crisis, sparking global outrageAlan's father,...

European airport passenger number hits 2.34 bn: ACI

Paris - The number of people using European airports set a record last year but growth slowed compared with 2017, the Airports Council International Europe (ACI) said Wednesday.The total number of passengers at European airports reached 2.

Don't let Huawei help set up 5G, US warns EU nations

Apo - US officials are fanning out across Europe to warn about the security risks of allowing Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to help build 5G mobile networks, a US diplomat said Tuesday.

Don't let Huawei help set up 5G, US warns EU nations

Apo - US officials are fanning out across Europe to warn about the security risks of allowing Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to help build 5G mobile networks, a US diplomat said Tuesday.

Italian prosecutors probe coast guard over deadly shipwreck

Rome - Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 117 people in a shipwreck off Libya last month and whether delays at the rescue command centre in Rome cost lives, a Sicilian prosecutor said Friday.

Sea Watch rescue ship detained by Italy coastguard

Rome - The migrant rescue ship Sea Watch 3 has been detained in the Sicilian port of Catania for breaching safety and environmental laws, the Italian coastguard said Friday, after it disembarked dozens of people it had saved from the sea.

NGOs call on EU to stop sending migrants back to Libya

Paris - Oxfam and 53 other organisations Friday accused EU governments of being complicit in the "tragedy" of migrants crossing from Libya to Italy, saying more than 5,300 people had died in the Mediterranean in the past two years.

Migrants land in Sicily as ship crew faces uncertain fate

Catania - Forty-seven migrants disembarked in the Sicilian port of Catania on Thursday, where the crew of the charity ship that rescued them feared legal action as Italy's far-right interior minister tries to stop new arrivals.

Rescued Sea Watch migrants to land in Italy after deal

Rome - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday 47 rescued migrants aboard the German charity Sea Watch vessel could finally disembark after Italy and six other countries agreed to take them in.

Rescued Sea Watch migrants to land in Italy after deal reached: PM

Rome - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that 47 rescued migrants aboard the Sea Watch NGO vessel could finally disembark after Italy and six other countries agreed to take them in.

German NGO sues Italy at EU rights court over stranded migrants

Berlin - German aid group Sea Watch said Tuesday it has filed a case at the European Human Rights Court against Italy for refusing to allow its ship carrying 47 rescued migrants to dock.
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