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Nearly 800 migrants rescued off Italy, Libya

Rome - A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in the last 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials said Saturday, as unprecedented numbers of would-be immigrants head for Italy's shores.

Obama presses on with immigration plan as clash looms

Las Vegas - US President Barack Obama staunchly defended his unilateral move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation Friday, pledging to implement his controversial plan despite furious criticism from congressional opponents.

Mexico, Central America hail Obama immigration plan

- Mexico's president on Friday joined Central American leaders and Latino celebrities in applauding US President Barack Obama's landmark offer to shield millions of undocumented migrants from deportation.

Op-Ed: Obama wins big with immigration deal

President Barack Obama will use his executive authority to delay the deportation of the family members of U.S. citizens, prompting a political battle that may affect the 2016 presidential election.

Obama presses on with immigration plan as clash looms

Las Vegas - US President Barack Obama staunchly defended his unilateral move to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation Friday, pledging to implement his controversial plan despite furious criticism from congressional opponents.

Migrants playing Russian roulette with Med weather

Rome - Italy has taken in a new batch of nearly 2,400 people rescued off its shores, the coastguard and navy said Thursday amid signs would-be immigrants are taking increasingly high risks to reach Europe.

Obama lifts deportation threat hanging over 5 mn migrants

Washington - US President Barack Obama will offer five million undocumented migrants protection from deportation Thursday, allowing families to come out of the shadows and seek work permits.

Obama to defy Congress and unveil immigration plan

Washington - US President Barack Obama will declare Thursday his intention to give temporary residency to millions of undocumented migrants, setting up a clash with an angry Congress.

Obama to act alone to fix 'broken' US immigration law

Washington - US President Barack Obama will lay out a plan Thursday to fix the "broken" laws stranding millions of undocumented migrants in limbo, saying the problem has festered for too long.

Obama to act alone to fix 'broken' US immigration law

Washington - US President Barack Obama will lay out a plan Thursday to fix the "broken" laws stranding millions of undocumented migrants in limbo, saying the problem has festered for too long.

With two years left, Obama prepares to go it alone

Washington - Barack Obama has only two years left in office but he is not ready to slow down. Instead, he plans to charge into two of the most sensitive issues in US politics: immigration and climate change.

U.S. to open detention center for migrant women, children

Washington - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said it plans to open and expand a major detention center for undocumented migrants, a move that rights groups immediately slammed.

Portugal interior minister resigns over 'golden visas' probe

Lisbon - Portugal's Interior Minister Miguel Macedo resigned Sunday, three days after top officials were detained in a corruption probe linked to "golden visas" for wealthy foreign investors.

Pope weighs in as Italy refugee influx accelerates again

Rome - Pope Francis weighed into Italy's immigration crisis on Sunday, warning the country it faced a "social emergency", as the influx of asylum seekers blamed for mob violence in Rome accelerated again.

Pope says Italy immigrant tensions a 'social emergency'

- Pope Francis on Sunday described violent attacks on refugees in Rome as symptomatic of a "social emergency" that will only get worse if it is not addressed.

Italy's immigration crisis moves from sea to streets

Rome - "Why do they have to be taken care of? It's me that needs taking care of!"Like many of Italy's poor, 51-year-old Elvio has had enough. And the unemployed construction worker thinks he knows who to blame.

With no U.S. immigration reform, states are stepping in

Denver - Humberto Cruz Salas lives in the United States illegally. But in September, the Colorado resident got a state-issued driver's license.

Swedish bus driver sacked for refusing black passengers

Stockholm - A Swedish bus driver has been sacked for forcing black people off her bus, a local official said Wednesday, highlighting lingering xenophobia in a country traditionally known for tolerance.

Top EU court rules against 'welfare tourism'

Luxembourg - The EU's top court ruled Tuesday that member states do not have to pay welfare to EU citizens coming solely to claim benefits, offering some welcome relief to governments under fire from anti-EU parties on immigration.

For Merkel, EU migration rules 'non-negotiable'

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees the free movement of people within the EU as non-negotiable, her spokesman said Monday, after she reportedly warned Britain against restricting it.

At least 24 drown, dozen missing in Istanbul migrant boat sinking

Istanbul - At least 24 people including children drowned and a dozen were missing on Monday when an overloaded boat taking migrants towards EU waters sank in the Black Sea just off Istanbul, Turkish officials said.

Canadian government to bring in 285,000 immigrants in 2015

The Conservative government in Canada is looking to up the number of immigrants it brings into the country during 2015. The country's minister responsible for immigration says they'll bring in between 260,000 and 285,000 immigrants next year.

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.
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