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'Red Cleric' defends migrants, gay rights in pope chat

Vatican City - Controversial French Bishop Jacques Gaillot, punished by the Church for his liberal views, defended the rights of homosexuals, divorced people and migrants during a personal visit with Pope Francis Tuesday.

Christie suggests FedEx-like tracking of immigrants

Washington - Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie Sunday defended his controversial proposal to keep tabs on immigrants electronically the way FedEx tracks packages.

Op-Ed: The negative impact of a wall between Canada and U.S.

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker has raised eyebrows this week with his new stance on immigration. Not only does he agree with Donald Trump on a border wall with Mexico, but he thinks a wall between the US and Canada might be good, too.

Sweden's far-right wants referendum on immigration

Stockholm - Sweden's far-right Sweden Democrats, which recently topped an opinion poll for the first time, want a referendum to be held on the country's generous immigration policy, its party leader said Saturday.

Italy arrests ten traffickers over migrant boat deaths

Rome - Italian authorities said Friday they had arrested ten suspected people smugglers in connection with the deaths by asphyxiation of 52 people who had been forced to remain in the virtually airless hold of an overcrowded migrant boat.

Sweden's far-right posts record score as migration soars

Stockholm - As immigration to Sweden soars, the far-right Sweden Democrats have topped an opinion poll for the first time, illustrating growing hostility to refugees and beggars in a country known for its open-arms policy.

Migrant crisis puts Italy's bishops and politicians at loggerheads

Rome - It has been a hot summer in Italy and tempers have started to fray, even in the upper echelons of the Catholic Church.

Ex KGB agent leaves Canada after 6 years inside Vancouver church

Vancouver - A former agent for the now-defunct Soviet Union has surrendered his fight for asylum and has left Canada following several years inside a Vancouver church.

Germany's Steinmeier urges EU-Swiss talks on immigration limits

Ginebra - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday urged the European Union to negotiate with Switzerland on Bern's plans for new quotas on immigration from the bloc.

Indian, Pakistani arrested over Italy pizza slaying

Rome - An Indian and a Pakistani have confessed to killing the elderly owners of a Brescia pizzeria in a mafia-style slaying that shocked Italy and threatens to inflame racial tensions in the northern city.

Donald Trump vows to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants

In keeping with his previously carved out hard-line immigration stance, front-running Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to deport all undocumented immigrants if elected president.

Trump says illegal immigrants 'have to go'

Washington - The millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States must leave, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Sunday, as he unveiled his immigration platform.

Rio airport agents bribed in Chinese immigrant scandal

Rio De Janeiro - Immigration agents at Rio de Janeiro's airport are under investigation for allegedly accepting bribes to allow Chinese immigrants into the country illegally, Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported Saturday.

Greek mayor warns of 'bloodshed' as police beat migrants

Kos - Overwhelmed police on the Greek island of Kos on Tuesday beat migrants with truncheons and sprayed them with fire extinguishers as its mayor warned of a "bloodbath" if the crisis gets worse.

Heat, desperation at crowded German refugee office

Berlin - Tired, desperate and a long way from home, hundreds of refugees have crowded outside a Berlin welfare office for days, braving stifling summer heat, boredom and fear about the future.

Germany hits new immigration record amid rising tensions

Berlin - Germany took in a record number of immigrants last year amid growing tensions over the changing face of the nation, official statistics released Monday showed.The number of newcomers in 2014 climbed to 10.

Immigration the major concern for Europeans: poll

Brussels - Immigration is the main concern of Europeans, ahead of economic problems and unemployment, according to a new opinion poll released by the European Commission.

Fears of humanitarian crisis in Serbia as refugees stream in

Presevo - At the crack of dawn hundreds of refugees, most of them Syrians, stream into Serbia's southern valley of Presevo after a perilous journey they hope will lead to a new life in the European Union.

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.

Migrant dies after attempt to enter Channel Tunnel

Lille - A migrant has died after being badly burnt while attempting to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais in a bid to reach Britain, French officials said Monday.

A killing revives debate over U.S. 'sanctuary cities'

Washington - An undocumented Mexican, deported five times from US soil, allegedly killed an American woman last week. Although federal authorities had ordered him expelled, police freed him in San Francisco -- a "sanctuary city" for unauthorized immigrants.

Amnesty accuses Balkans of abusing EU-bound migrants

Belgrade - Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Balkan countries of mistreating migrants passing through their territories on the way to the European Union, saying people fleeing war were being "shamefully let down".

Suspect in random SF slaying had previously been deported

San Francisco - The Mexican national accused of the random killing of a young San Francisco woman at a popular tourist attraction last Wednesday had been deported five times prior to the fatal shooting.

Migrants disrupt Channel Tunnel traffic in Calais: Officials

Calais - Traffic along the Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France was disrupted late Friday night when dozens of migrants attempted to enter restricted areas of the tunnel in Calais, officials said.

Sharp rise in German attacks on refugee centres: Official report

Berlin - Far-right crime in Germany soared 24 percent last year to the highest level in six years, with a "shameful" surge in attacks on refugee centres, an official report released Tuesday showed.

Child migrant crisis endures on Mexico's south border

Palenque - His face lit up every time he mentioned his destination -- the United States -- but like many Central American children, Juan's dream ended abruptly when Mexican officers caught him riding a freight train.

Greece votes to grant citizenship to immigrants' children

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Wednesday voted in favour of a law to grant citizenship to immigrants' children who were born and raised in Greece, an issue unresolved for generations.

Migration crisis and corruption takes toll on Italy's Renzi

Rome - Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi's popularity and public trust in his centre-left party have been damaged by corruption scandals and the immigration crisis, a new poll showed Saturday.

Record gains for anti-immigrant party in Danish vote

Copenhage - The anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DPP) became Denmark's second largest party in Thursday's general election and the biggest in the right-wing bloc, which ousted a centre-left government.

'Death trap' Mexico must probe migrant attacks: Amnesty

- Amnesty International warned Thursday of a "shocking spike" of violence against migrants in Mexico and urged authorities to investigate two separate attacks against 200 of them.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Grade 3's and 4's of the Russian immersion program at Twin Rivers Elementary School, Castlegar, B.C. singing Russian songs to commemorate the Oath of Allegiance Day for 55 new Canadians, Wed Oct 27, 2010
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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A protestor hides his identity behind his sign outside a courtroom in downtown phoenix.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Canada's Immigration Minister Chris Alexander speaks during a news conference in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 28, 2014
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio Speaking to the 15,000 Supporters who showed up to Rally Against Illegal Immigration at the Phoenix Civic Center with 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.
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A demonstration by illegal immigrants and their supporters in Paris, 2008
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Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty holds up a report titled "The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup", during a news conference in Doha
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Chart shows the incarceration rates of U.S. born, Mexican and Guatemalan/Salvadoran born men without a high school diploma, 2000 & 2010
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immigration officer talking about being Canadian, looking from rear of "new" Canadians
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Protesters against French immigration policies, Paris 2008
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protes...
Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.

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