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Boat migrants in EU's hands as Italy weighs future of rescues

Rome - The EU will launch a patrol mission in the Mediterranean on Saturday amid warnings the number of boat migrant deaths could rise with Italy mulling pulling the plug on its own rescue mission.

No British support for Mediterranean migrant rescues

London - Britain will not support planned EU search and rescue operations to save migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea as they try to reach Europe, the foreign office said on Tuesday.

Exasperation in Calais as Britain-bound migrants pour in

Calais - "Fed up", an expression that comes up again and again in the French port city of Calais where residents are faced with a growing tide of hungry, penniless migrants sleeping rough.

France sends police reinforcements to Calais after migrant clashes

Calais - France's interior minister said Thursday he had dispatched 100 extra police to the northern port of Calais where an influx of illegal migrants trying to get to Britain is causing more and more havoc.

EU's Barroso warns Britain against bloc exit

London - European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso argued Monday that Britain is better off in the EU and warned that alienating its allies would be a "historic mistake", as pressure mounts from British eurosceptics before elections.

Danish immigrant party challenges populist right

Copenhagen - A political party targeting the immigrant vote by advocating looser immigration laws and "a ban on banning" religious symbols has launched in Denmark amid record support for the populist right.

Italy marks year after deadly Lampedusa migrant disaster

Rome - Italy marked the first anniversary Friday of its "Mare Nostrum" operation with no let-up in its rescue of migrants making the perilous Mediterranean crossing, saying its navy had scooped 2,000 more from the sea in just two days.

Chadian asylum seeker tries to self-immolate in France

Montreuil - A Chadian suffered serious burns after setting himself alight on Friday inside a French courthouse when his final chance at obtaining asylum was thrown out, the court said.

Record 3,072 migrants killed crossing Mediterranean in 2014

Geneva - More than 3,000 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean so far this year, more than double the previous peak in 2011, the International Organisation for Migration said Monday.

UN rights body urges new push to stem migrant sea deaths

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday urged countries to step up efforts to stem the string of sea tragedies that claim the lives of thousands of desperate migrants.

Syria refugees leave cruise liner after Cyprus standoff

Limassol - Hundreds of mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner in the Mediterranean agreed to disembark in Cyprus on Friday after a standoff triggered by their demand to go to Italy.

Syrian refugees refuse to disembark in Cyprus after rescue

- Almost 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner were refusing Friday to disembark in Cyprus's southern port of Limassol, demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company said.

Family hope for toddler saved from 'mass murder' shipwreck

Athens - Dozens of families have offered to adopt a Syrian toddler who survived the "mass murder" of a migrant shipwreck in which 500 people were deliberately drowned, Greek authorities said Tuesday.

London to help France pay for Calais migrants

Calais - Britain has bowed to French pressure to help foot the bill for migrants flooding into the northern port of Calais in a bid to reach Britain, Paris said on Saturday.

Tight EU borders fuel deadly smuggling business: Amnesty

Brussels - Tight EU border controls are fuelling the business of smugglers who allegedly sank a boat in the Mediterranean last week, killing 500 migrants on board, Amnesty International said Thursday.

'Going crazy': survivors tell of Europe's deadliest migrant shipwreck

Chani - After three days adrift, drinking his own urine to survive as he watched dozens of people sink to a watery grave, Mohamed Raad started to lose his grip.

Traffickers 'laughed' as they capsized boat to drown refugees

Rome - Survivors of Europe's most deadly migrant shipwreck in years have described the horrifying moment traffickers capsized their boat and left them to drown, as the EU cried murder and vowed to step up the fight against people smugglers.

'Worst shipwreck in years' leaves 500 boat migrants feared dead

Lampedusa - As many as 500 migrants are feared to have drowned after traffickers reportedly rammed and sank their boat in what the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) described Monday as "the worst shipwreck in years".

Sweden struggles to house asylum seekers as numbers rise

R - Sweden is grappling with a record number of asylum seekers, putting into sharp focus the issue of immigration which is at the heart of Sunday's election.

Migrants try to skirt Mexico crackdown

Arriaga - The Salvadoran migrant was trying to skirt new police patrols in southern Mexico when a band of criminals shot him in the neck.

French right-wing weekly sparks storm for attack on Muslim minister

Paris - A far-right weekly has sparked a firestorm of controversy by describing France's new education minister as a "Moroccan Muslim" and calling the appointment of the 36-year-old rising star a "provocation".

18 migrants die in new boat accident, Italy calls for EU action

Rome - Eighteen bodies were found Sunday aboard an inflatable dinghy adrift off Italy, media reported, amid a new surge of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

170 migrants feared lost at sea off Libya

Tripoli - A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 200 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli, with 170 people still missing.

13 children among Afghan Sikhs found in UK shipping container

London - The frail survivors found inside a shipping container at a British port at the weekend following a "horrific ordeal" are Sikhs from Afghanistan and include 13 children, police said Sunday.

Australia to take 4,400 refugees from Syria, Iraq

Sydney - Australia will offer to resettle some 4,400 people fleeing violence in Iraq and Syria, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday, adding the places had been freed up by success in stopping asylum-seeker boats.

Screaming survivors found in container at UK port

Tilbury - One man was found dead and 34 others still alive in a shipping container on Saturday after staff at a British port heard banging and screaming coming from inside.

Italy urges EU to take over migrant boat rescues

Rome - Italy said Friday it wants to halt an operation to rescue boat migrants in the Mediterranean, urging the EU to take it over as the number of people crossing from north Africa surged past the 100,000 mark.

Spain, Italy struggle with surge in African migrants

Madrid - Spain and Italy struggled to cope Wednesday with a huge surge of African immigrants, plucking more than 2,300 people from flimsy vessels in just 24 hours as they made desperate attempts to reach the shores of southern Europe.

Mexico stops migrants from climbing 'Beast' train

Gutierrez - Mexican authorities have launched operations to block Central American migrants from illegally heading to the United States, stopping them from hitching rides on a freight train known as "The Beast.

AIDS conference delegates seek asylum in Australia: agency

Melbourne - Some 25 delegates to an international AIDS conference held in Melbourne last month fear returning home and will seek asylum in Australia, refugee and welfare agencies said Monday.
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U.S. Border Patrol officer checking a car at the border.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 demonstration by illegal immigrants and their supporters in Paris, 2008
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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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