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Thousands without shelter as fire guts Greece migrant camp

Thousands of asylum-seekers were without shelter Thursday after a fire gutted Greece's largest migrant camp, prompting wrangling among European nations over their responsibility towards refugees and calls for urgent reform of the current system.

Greece's main migrant camp gutted after huge blaze

Greece's largest migrant camp on the island of Lesbos was gutted by a huge fire early Wednesday, leaving over 12,000 fleeing asylum seekers homeless, with reports that the blaze was started by migrants revolting against coronavirus isolation rules.

Italy detains migrant rescue ship over safety concerns

Rome - The migrant rescue ship Ocean Viking was detained on Wednesday over technical irregularities, Italy's coastguard said, a move blasted as "harassment" by the charity that runs the vessel.

Germany lambasts 'shameful' handling of migration by EU

Apo - It is "shameful" that the European Union has still not found a solution for the care of asylum seekers five years after the migration crisis, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, whose country holds the EU Presidency, said Tuesday.

Erdogan discusses migrant crisis, Syria with Macron, Merkel and Johnson

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed the migrant crisis and the situation in Syria's rebel enclave of Idlib, with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain.

Italy lifts block on migrant rescue boat

Rome - Italian prosecutors have lifted a block on a boat that rescued 49 migrants off the Libyan coast and brought them to Italy in mid-March, the collective operating it announced Wednesday.

Bosnia braces for new 'surge' of migrants on Balkan route

Sarajevo - Bosnia is expecting an "escalation" of EU-bound migrants passing through its country in 2019, Bosnia's security minister told AFP, saying the European Union had failed to solve a brewing crisis.

Iraqi charged with rape, murder in Germany's 'Susanna case'

Berlin - German prosecutors Wednesday announced child rape and murder charges against a rejected Iraqi asylum-seeker in a case that fuelled a heated debate about immigrant crime.

Migrants clash with police at Bosnian-Croatian border

Velika Kladusa - At least three migrants were hurt Wednesday in a second day of skirmishes with police at Bosnia's border with EU member state Croatia, according to an AFP journalist, with several officers also reporting minor injuries.

Germany arrests wife in foiled 'biological attack' plot

Berlin - German police on Tuesday arrested the wife of a Tunisian suspected jihadist already in custody over a foiled biological attack with the deadly poison ricin, prosecutors said.

New 'Banksy' mural appears next to Bataclan in Paris

Paris - An image of a woman veiled in mourning appeared next to the Bataclan concert hall in Paris Monday, the latest attributed to the mysterious British street artist Banksy.

Banksy needles France on migrants with Paris mural blitz

Paris - The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris.

Banksy needles France with migrant mural blitz in Paris

Paris - The mysterious British street artist Banksy appears to have taken aim at the French government's crackdown on migrants in a series of new murals in Paris.

Germany foiled biological attack with Tunisian arrest: police

Berlin - German police said Wednesday they had foiled a biological attack with last week's arrest of a Tunisian suspected jihadist in possession of the deadly poison ricin and bomb-making material."Very concrete preparations had been made for an act with a ...

Four traffickers in Hungary migrant truck deaths jailed for 25 years

Taf - Four people traffickers involved in the gruesome deaths of 71 migrants in a truck abandoned on an Austrian highway in 2015 were jailed for 25 years Thursday, in a case that sparked international revulsion.

People smugglers make billions: UN report

Vienna - People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.

Iraqi flown back to Germany after 'confessing' teen's murder: reports

Frankfurt Am Main - A failed Iraqi asylum seeker arrived by plane back in Germany on Saturday after admitting raping and murdering a teenage girl, Iraqi Kurdish officials and German media reports said.

Suspect 'confesses' to Germany murder after Iraq arrest

Erbil - A failed Iraqi asylum seeker has admitted murdering a teenage girl in Germany after being arrested back in his homeland, authorities in Iraq's Kurdistan region said Saturday.

UN weighs first-ever sanctions on Libya migrant smugglers

New York - The UN Security Council is considering imposing the first-ever sanctions on migrant smugglers in Libya, targeting six leaders of trafficking rings, but Russia has requested more information, documents obtained by AFP on Monday showed.

Palestinian pleads guilty to Hamburg 'Islamist' knife attack

Hamburg - A 26-year-old Palestinian man admitted Friday to killing a man and wounding six others with a knife in a Hamburg supermarket, an attack that stoked fears of Islamist terrorism in Germany.

The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley

Bejing - Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street.

EU to overhaul jobless benefits for foreigners

Strasbourg - The European Commission on Tuesday proposed to overhaul rules on benefits for EU migrants in a bid to quell rising anti-immigration sentiment in Europe after the shock Brexit vote.

EU leaders approve Turkey migrant deal: Finnish PM

Brussels - EU leaders on Friday approved a deal with Turkey to curb the migration crisis after premier Ahmet Davutoglu visited Brussels for talks, Finland's prime minister said.

Dutch MP stirs anger in anti-Islam 'pepper spray' rally

Den Haag - Tensions over Europe's migrant crisis bubbled over in a Dutch town Saturday as far-right politician Geert Wilders handed out fake pepper spray, saying women must defend themselves against Muslim men.

Hungary accuses Austria of 'stupidity' in refugee crisis

Budapest - Hungary has accused Austria of confusing "solidarity and stupidity" after Vienna said that nations which do not accept their share of refugees under European Union quotas should face sanctions.

Slovakia files court challenge to EU migrant quotas: PMĀ 

Bratislava - Slovakia said Wednesday it had mounted a legal challenge to the EU's plan to distribute 160,000 asylum-seekers among member states under a quota system.

Slovakia to file lawsuit over EU migrant quotas by mid-December

Bratislava - Slovakia will launch legal action by next month against an EU quota plan to distribute 160,000 refugees and migrants across the bloc, a justice ministry spokeswoman told AFP Tuesday.

UN expects 600,000 migrant arrivals from Turkey over next 4 months

Ginebra - Up to 600,000 migrants and refugees are expected to cross from Turkey to Greece and onwards over the next four months, the UN said Thursday, with the flow set to persist through the winter.

UN backs EU military action against migrant smugglers

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday approved a European military operation to seize and destroy boats used by migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean after thousands died in dangerous crossings.

UN chief on migrant crisis: Do not 'build walls or exploit fears'

New York - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday opened a UN meeting on Europe's migration crisis with an appeal to keep borders open and combat xenophobia.
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