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Italy prosecutor stirs migrant 'taxis' row with NGOs

Rome - Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups' role in Europe's migrant crisis.

Mediterranean migrant death toll for 2017 tops 1,000

Rome - Around 100 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean according to shipwreck survivors, raising the death toll for the perilous crossing to Italy to over 1,000 victims in 2017, the UN's refugee agency said Friday.

Council of Europe warns on rising media self-censorship

Strasbourg - Journalists are increasingly resorting to self-censorship to avoid falling foul of the authorities in the face of physical and psychological intimidation, the Council of Europe said Thursday.

Migrant rescuers, island mayor win UNESCO peace prize

Rome - UNESCO awarded its prestigious peace prize on Wednesday to migrant rescue association SOS Mediterranee and the mayor of Lampedusa, the tiny Italian island on the frontline of the refugee crisis.

Child among seven migrant bodies found off Libya

Rome - The bodies of seven migrants, including a small boy, were found during the latest rescue operations off Libya, a Maltese NGO and the Italian coastguard said Sunday.

Refugees bring dying Italy village back to life

Sant'alessio In Aspromonte - In the foothills of the Aspromonte mountains in southern Italy, the silence of a once-dying village is broken by the laughter of a small group of refugees.

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya coast Saturday: NGO

Rome - The Italian coastguard and other boats rescued some 3,000 migrants from unseaworthy boats off the Libyan coast on Saturday, as the good weather pushes the numbers up, a participating NGO said.

Frenzied rescues in Med save over 2,000 migrants

Rome - Rescue vessels in the Mediterranean worked flat out Friday to rescue over 2,000 people from flimsy dinghies as exhausted saviours accused the EU of turning a blind eye to the crisis.

Pope's Syrians in Rome: life a year on

Rome - Basking in the Italian sunshine, Syrians rescued by Pope Francis from a refugee camp a year ago are beginning to feel at home, sharing not only the joys but also the trials of life in Europe.

The Beslan massacre: 52 hours of horror

Moscow - The Beslan school massacre began on September 1, 2004 when Chechen rebels seized School Number One in the southern Russian city and took more than 1,100 people hostage.

Kremlin slams 'unacceptable' European court ruling on Beslan massacre

Moscow - The Kremlin on Thursday slammed as "absolutely unacceptable" a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that there were "serious failings" in Russia's handling of the 2004 Beslan school siege.

Court finds 'serious failings' by Russia in Beslan siege

Strasbourg - Russia was responsible for "serious failings" in its handling of the 2004 Beslan school siege by Chechen rebels in which over 330 people were killed, many of them children, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday.

Migrant rescuers accuse EU border agency of conspiracy

Rome - A Spanish group which has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean since 2016 accused the EU's border control agency Frontex Wednesday of plotting to discredit private aid organisations in order to put off donors.

Huge fire destroys French migrant camp

Grande-synthe - A huge fire has destroyed one of the biggest migrant camps in France housing 1,500 people, which started after a brawl involving hundreds of Afghans and Kurds, officials and police said Tuesday.

UN urges EU to stop sending migrants to Hungary

Geneva - European countries must stop returning asylum seekers to Hungary because of deteriorating conditions there for new arrivals including children, and allegations of abuse, the United Nations said Monday.

Europe a 'rotting continent', says Turkey's Erdogan

Istanbul - Europe is a "rotting continent" and the "centre of Nazism", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday in his latest withering attack on the European Union in the campaign ahead of a crucial referendum.

Germany threatens online giants with 50 mn euro hate speech fines

Berlin - Germany on Wednesday took the European lead in cracking down against hate speech and fake news, threatening social media giants with fines of up to 50 million euros if they fail to remove offensive posts promptly.

Germany cracks down on child marriages

Berlin - Germany's cabinet Wednesday moved to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

Germany cracks down on child marriages

Berlin - Germany's cabinet Wednesday moved to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

Germany cracks down on child marriages

Berlin - Germany's cabinet Wednesday moved to ban child marriages after the recent mass refugee influx brought in many couples where one or both partners were aged under 18.

French presidential hopefuls debate economy, Europe

Paris - All 11 candidates for the French presidency fought for the spotlight in a marathon debate Tuesday, setting out their visions for turning around a moribund economy and redefining France's place in Europe.

14 migrants hurt after Belgium car chase

Brussels - Fourteen migrants were injured on Tuesday when a van crashed into a highway safety barrier during a police car chase in Belgium, prosecutors said.

After dating show boom, TV helps you get a divorce

Cannes - The dating show boom that has swept the world's television screens since the success of "Married at First Sight" may be coming to an end, experts predict.Now it is time to get divorced.

Erdogan tells Turks to avenge 'grandchildren of Nazism' in poll

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said Turks in Europe should give the "answer to the grandchildren of Nazism" by voting 'yes' in the April 16 referendum on expanding his powers.

Stranded in Serbia, migrants endure an odyssey of violence

Belgrade - Driven back by police batons and snarling dogs, or beaten and robbed by the smugglers they relied on, migrants caught in Serbia have regularly been victims of violence as they struggle to reach Europe.

WHO warns of measles outbreak across Europe

Stockholm - The World Health Organization warned Tuesday of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunisation has dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported across Europe in January.

With art and sport, young refugees build new lives in Greece

Atenas - Jawad Ahmadi, an 18-year-old Afghan, reached the island of Lesbos a year ago with his older brother and cousin, believing Greece would be just a temporary stop on his way to Germany.

Hungary ready to detain all migrants: ministry

Budapest - Hungary said Monday it was ready to begin detaining asylum-seekers in camps on its southern border with Serbia after passing a law this month that has drawn criticism from rights groups and the UN.

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally

Istanbul - Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to protest at a Kurdish rally in Bern which Ankara dubbed a "terrorist gathering", a diplomatic source said.

Few foreigners in eastern Germany but xenophobia is rife

Frankfurt Am Main - A social worker in the drab eastern German city of Frankfurt an der Oder admits she feels isolated at work whenever talk turns to the country's record influx of refugees.
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