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More than 400 migrants storm border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - More than 400 African migrants forced their way into the tiny Spanish enclave of Ceuta Friday, authorities said, the biggest group in a decade to storm the walled city bordering Morocco in search of asylum.

In Germany, some Muslim refugees convert to Christianity

Berlin - Clad in white at a Berlin church, asylum seekers Saeed, Veronica, Farida and Matin were just about to become Christians on a recent Sunday.

Kerry warns OSCE of rise in 'authoritarian populism'

Hamburg - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Thursday of "the danger of authoritarian populism" sweeping many Western democracies and cautioned against backsliding on basic freedoms.

EU states to return migrants to Greece from March

Brussels - The EU recommended Thursday that member states resume sending asylum seekers back to Greece from March next year, after transfers were halted for five years because of poor conditions there.

Merkel urges Germans to stick to facts on refugee crime

Essen - Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted Wednesday that Germany's record refugee influx last year had not led to a surge in violent crime, despite a rash of headline-grabbing cases.

British lord says Brexit 'stupidity' should not block child refugees

London - A member of Britain's House of Lords rescued from the Nazis when he was six years old, told AFP the anti-immigrant sentiment behind Brexit should not prevent child migrants being welcomed to Britain.

German public TV under fire for silence on rape-murder case

Berlin - Germany's public broadcaster ARD came under fire Tuesday, accused of ignoring a rape-murder case in which an Afghan refugee is the top suspect for fear of fueling anti-migrant sentiment.

1,300 migrants rescued in Mediterranean, 16 found dead

Rome - Over 1,300 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean over the past 48 hours with 16 bodies recovered, the Italian coastguard said Monday.

Kerry warns of 'anxieties' driving Western politics

Berlin - US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday that "anxieties" were sweeping Western democracies and stressed the need for strong transatlantic ties as Europe nervously awaits Donald Trump's start in the White House.

Afghan's murder-rape arrest reignites Germany refugee debate

Berlin - The German government pleaded for calm Monday after the arrest of a teenage Afghan asylum seeker for the alleged rape and murder of a German student triggered fresh criticism of the country's liberal refugee policy.

Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape

Berlin - A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said Saturday.

Syrians in Germany face tough fight fit to be see their families

Berlin - Germany, trying to staunch the flow of Syrian refugees, has placed high hurdles for them to be reunited with their families, creating a Kafkaesque nightmare in the courts.

Frontex seeks officers for European coastguard

Varsovia - The EU border control agency Frontex on Wednesday called on states to provide officers for a European coastguard, due to be launched next year to help cope with the upsurge in migrants trying to reach Europe.

European court hears key online privacy case

Strasbourg - The question of whether employers have the right to monitor workers' online communications returned to the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday ahead of a ruling that could have Europe-wide implications.

UN slams Rome over treatment of refugees

Rome - The UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) has written to the mayor of Rome voicing alarm over the hundreds of migrants sleeping rough on the capital's streets while thousands more with legal residency are forced to live in squats.

Hungary urges EU to speed up Balkan accession talks

Varsovia - Hungary called on the European Union to speed up accession talks with the western Balkans on Tuesday, so as to "protect" the bloc from a future influx of migrants.

Carmakers to build Europe network of e-charging stations

Frankfurt Am Main - German carmakers BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Audi and US competitor Ford said on Tuesday they would cooperate on a Europe-wide network of electric charging stations.

Austria's presidential rivals clash in TV debate

Vienna - The two candidates in Austria's longest ever presidential race clashed Sunday over the European Union, Donald Trump, and migrants as they faced off in a TV duel a week before the runoff.

Bulgaria to 'isolate' 1,000 migrants from Harmanli after riots

Sofia - A thousand migrants who clashed with police Thursday will be moved from Bulgaria's largest refugee camp in Harmanli into former army barracks near the Turkish border before being expelled, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said.

Erdogan warns EU he will sign death penalty law if MPs approve

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday warned the European Union he would sign a law bringing back the death penalty if it was approved by parliament."Democracy, it's respecting the people's will," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.

Turkey's Erdogan threatens EU with new migrant influx

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Friday to walk away from a deal that has substantially reduced the flow of migrants to the European Union and also effectively end Ankara's membership bid by bringing back capital punishment.

Migrants torch Greek camp after refugee deaths

Kallon - Angry migrants set fire to a camp on the Greek island of Lesbos after a woman and a six-year-old child died following a gas cylinder explosion, local police said.

Migrants, police clash in Bulgaria refugee camp

Sofia - Around 1,500 migrants have rioted in Bulgaria's largest refugee camp, triggering clashes that left two dozen police injured and prompted the arrest of hundreds of protesters, officials said.

Lost 4-year-old migrant from Africa finds mother in Italy

Rome - A lost four year-old who made the perilous boat journey from Northern Africa to Italy alone will be reunited with her mother from Ivory Coast thanks to an extraordinary coincidence.

Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash

Paris - A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, scientists said.

Back to 1930s nationalism? Historians battle over comparison

Paris - In the 1935 novel "It Can't Happen Here", an ignorant American demagogue called Buzz Windrip becomes president, promising to make a depressed and fearful country proud, rich and safe again.

1930s nationalism all over again? 10 quotes on the subject

Paris - Donald Trump's election in the United States and a surge in far-right groups in Europe have led to a fierce debate among historians and commentators about the parallels between the current decade and the 1930s.

In German schools, steep learning curve for refugees and teachers

Hochheim Am Main - For 15-year-old Mustafa, the trickiest part about learning German is knowing when to use the articles der, die or das.

ICC to probe Libya migrant trafficking

Den Haag - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will probe the trafficking of migrants out of Libya to see if there is evidence of war crimes, the chief prosecutor told AFP Tuesday.

Italy migrant arrivals hit record as eight die in Med

Rome - At least eight people were confirmed dead Tuesday and many more were missing after a new series of boat tragedies left Italy on the verge of a record year for migrant arrivals.
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