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Italy threatens to send stranded migrants 'back to Libya'

Rome - Italy's far-right interior minister threatened Sunday to send "back to Libya" nearly 180 people stranded for three days on an Italian coastguard ship if the EU did not step in to resolve another migrant row with Malta.

Macron, Merkel warn of 'humanitarian risks' in Syria's Idlib

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced concern Friday about the humanitarian situation in the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, which is shaping up be the country's next big battleground.

Austria rejects Afghan asylum-seeker 'gay' claim: report

Vienna - Austria has rejected the asylum application of an Afghan claiming to be gay because he did not "act" or "dress" like a homosexual, according to a media report.

Tunisia denies migrants arrested on way to Italy were 'terrorists'

Tunis - Tunisian authorities on Tuesday denied accusations by Italy that migrants it arrested as they tried to cross the Mediterranean for Italian shores were "terrorists".

Exhausted Aquarius migrants bear scars of the past

Paris - The 141 migrants onboard the Aquarius rescue boat at the centre of Europe's latest migration drama, are exhausted and mentally scarred after harrowing journeys, according to an aid worker on the ship.

European countries reach deal to share Aquarius migrants

Rome - Five European countries on Tuesday offered to take in the 141 migrants marooned on board the Aquarius rescue vessel after it was given permission to dock in Malta, resolving a new standoff over the charity ship.

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

Marseille - The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people it rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let the vessel dock.

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

Marseille - The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let it dock.

Morocco authorities force hundreds of migrants out of north

Rabat - Moroccan authorities have forcefully relocated hundreds of migrants in recent days from camps and homes in the kingdom's north, a local official and a rights group said Saturday.

Spain and Germany seek EU aid for Morocco over migrants

Madrid - The leaders of Spain and Germany agreed Saturday to push for greater EU help for countries such as Morocco, a major point of departure for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe.

Aquarius 'resumes migrant rescues off Libya'

Rome - Two French groups operating the rescue ship Aquarius said Saturday it was back in Libyan coastal waters for the first time since triggering a diplomatic row over migration in June.

Spain-France border town sees marked increase in migrants

Ir - With migrant arrivals to Spain's southern shores on the rise, more of them are heading north to the border town of Irun, some sleeping rough as they wait to cross into neighbouring France, locals and officials say.

Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain again after Italy refusal

Algeciras - Close to two months after giving a high-profile welcome to the Aquarius migrant rescue boat, Spain once again opened its ports Thursday to a charity vessel carrying 87 men and boys saved off Libya after Italy refused access.

Migrant rescue ship docks in Spain again after Italy refusal

San Roque - An NGO ship which saved 87 migrants in distress off Libya docked in Spain on Thursday after roaming the Mediterranean for days, the third such vessel to be allowed in the country in two months after Italy refused to take them in.

Ship with 87 migrants to dock in Spain Thursday: NGO

Madrid - An NGO ship which rescued 87 migrants off Libya has been given the green light to dock in the southern Spanish port of Algeciras on Thursday, the charity said, after Italy refused them entry.

Germany inks deal with Spain to return registered migrants

Berlin - Berlin has concluded a deal with Madrid for Spain to take back migrants who had been registered by Spanish authorities, a German interior ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday, as Germany seeks to curb new arrivals.

In new admin error, Germany expels Uighur man to China

Berlin - German authorities wrongfully deported an Uighur man to China due to an administrative error, local media reported Monday, in a fresh scandal as the country seeks to step up expulsions of failed asylum seekers.

Nothing will stop Aquarius migrant rescues, French NGO says

Marseille - The French NGO that was at the heart of a major European diplomatic row over migration said Wednesday that nothing would stop it from rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean as its ship prepared to resume its mission off the Libyan coast.

Italian boat accused of breaking law by taking migrants to Libya

Rome - Migrant rescue charities operating in the Mediterranean said Tuesday that an Italian boat may have violated international law by taking more than 100 migrants it had saved back to Libya.

Migrant rescue ship Aquarius to resume operations: NGO

Marseille - The French NGO operating the rescue ship Aquarius, which precipitated a European political crisis in June after both Italy and Malta blocked it from docking with 630 migrants aboard, said Tuesday it would return to sea.

Spain struggles with spike in migrant arrivals

Algeciras - Since being plucked from a packed inflatable boat by Spanish rescuers in the Mediterranean on Friday, Glenn Alban has slept outdoors on a bed of flattened cardboard boxes in the port of Algeciras in southern Spain.

Spain rescues over 200 migrants at sea

Madrid - Spain said it had plucked more than 200 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday as the country's interior minister headed to Mauritania to try to boost cooperation in the fight against illegal immigration.

Violence as 600 migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence

Madrid - More than 600 African migrants reached the Spanish territory of Ceuta Thursday after storming a double border fence with Morocco and attacking police with caustic quicklime and excrements.

Violence as migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence

Madrid - Some 400 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa reached Spain Thursday after storming a double barrier between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta, with some attacking security forces with quicklime, police said.

Catholic magazine compares Italy's Salvini to Satan

Rome - An Italian Catholic magazine on Wednesday likened to Satan Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini who has pledged to halt migrant arrivals to the country and promised to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants.

Spain rescues nearly 500 migrants at sea in a single day

Madrid - Spanish rescue services said Tuesday they had plucked nearly 500 migrants from the Mediterranean in a single day who were trying to reach the country's coast.

Hungary slams EU legal action over asylum seekers

Budapest - Hungary on Tuesday criticised legal action by the European Union to make the country comply with EU asylum rules as "unacceptable" and an attack against those who protect Europe.

EU offers member states money to admit rescued migrants

Apo - The European Union proposed Tuesday financial incentives to member countries to admit migrants from Mediterranean rescue boats as part of efforts to defuse a weeks-long showdown with Italy.

Italy to keep accepting stricken migrants during EU talks

Berlin - Italy agreed Monday to continue accepting migrants rescued at sea, at least until a broader EU strategy to address fair distribution of people can be defined.

French police clear 450 migrants from camp in Nantes

Nantes - French police on Monday cleared some 450 Sudanese and Eritrean migrants from a park in the western city of Nantes where they had been camping for more than a month.
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People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Syrian migrants wait inside their room at a reception centre in Sofia on September 15  2016
Syrian migrants wait inside their room at a reception centre in Sofia on September 15, 2016
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People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to deport 400 children of foreign workers (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio)
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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Young men, refugees/migrants marching. Not a single woman in the picture...
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Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
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A baby born in the Texas of an illegal immigrant cannot be given a birth certificate.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.
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Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
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Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
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Refugee in Italy
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File photo: More than 90 percent of claims by Haitian nationals, who represented the bulk of arrivals, were rejected. It used to take about 16 months to process a claim, and now, according to a CBC Canada report, it now takes 20 months or longer.
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Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israeli governament. People took the streets of Tel Aviv to protest against this possibility. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
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Qatar's Search and Follow Up Department is now dealing with some 300 migrant workers a day applying under an amnesty so they can leave the country
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