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Italy's Minniti, spymaster turned migrant defier

Rome - He was tasked with fixing Italy's migrant crisis: eight months after becoming interior minister, ex-communist turned spy master Marco Minniti's hardline approach and contacts seem to have borne fruit.

Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Madrid - Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe.

France provides loos, taps for Calais migrants

Calais - French authorities on Wednesday set up portable toilets and water taps on a road near the northern port of Calais after losing a challenge to a court order to provide sanitation for migrants.

Migrants' fall in Italy has experts seeking answers

Rome - Italy has seen a sharp fall in the number of migrants arriving on its shores, a decline that has left experts scrambling for an explanation.

Albania pledges to tackle exodus of asylum-seekers

Tirana - The Albanian market vendor paid 1,200 euros ($1,419) to a "chaperone" late last year to take her 16-year-old son to France, where he joined thousands from the Balkan country seeking asylum.

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Rome - The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, a move that has prompted almost all international charities to halt migrant search and rescue operations in the area.

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Rome - The Italian government on Sunday welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, as both countries struggle with a migrant crisis that has engulfed Europe in recent years.

MSF suspends use of largest migrant rescue boat

Rome - The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid group said Saturday it was halting operations of its largest rescue ship for migrants in the Mediterranean after Libya barred foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast.

Anti-migrant ship ignores help from rescue activists

Rome - Anti-immigration activists whose boat was reported in trouble said Friday they had got their engines going again, after a migrant rescue ship said it had been dispatched to help.

German court jails three Syrians over deadly migrant trip

Berlin - A German court on Friday convicted three Syrians of human trafficking after a boat they used to smuggle people to Europe capsized in 2015, killing 13.

Migrant aid ship 'bails out' anti-migrant vessel in Med

Rome - A migrant rescue organisation said Friday it was racing to the aid of anti-immigration activists whose boat had run into trouble in the Mediterranean.

Austria's Conchita cancels Edinburgh show in visa row

Vienna - Austria's bearded drag idol Conchita said Friday she had cancelled her headlining act at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival because her Syrian musicians were denied British visas.

Spain could top Greece in migrant sea arrivals: IOM

Madrid - Spain could overtake Greece this year in the number of migrants arriving by sea, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday, coming shore on boats and even jet-skis.

Afghan migrant 'Little Picasso' exhibits in Belgrade

Belgrade - A 10-year-old Afghan refugee dubbed "Little Picasso" exhibited his paintings and photographs in Belgrade on Wednesday, hoping to raise money for a Serbian child's post-cancer therapy.

Italy police probe priest once hailed for Nobel Peace Prize

Rome - An Eritrean priest once in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping migrants is now under investigation in Italy on suspicion of abetting illegal immigration.

Thousand migrants saved after being left in Niger desert: UN

Niamey - Rescue teams have saved a thousand African migrants abandoned by people smugglers in the Niger part of the Sahara desert in recent months, the UN's International Office of Migration (IOM) said Wednesday.

Saving lives gets tougher for Med's charity boats

Shots fired in the air, verbal threats and ships stuck at sea: life has suddenly got tougher for the charity boats trying to stop migrants drowning off Libya.

Italy, Malta keep migrant vessel in limbo

Rome - A Spanish vessel with three Libyan migrants aboard was kept in international waters on Tuesday after Italy and Malta refused to let it to dock.

French farmer who helped migrants gets suspended sentence

Aix-en-provence - A French appeals court on Tuesday increased the sentence against a farmer who has made a point of helping migrants cross the border from Italy, but stopped short of jailing him.

Scores of migrants storm Morocco-Spain border post

Madrid - More than 180 migrants stormed a border post between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Ceuta on Monday, careering through with agents unable to stop them, authorities said.

Tunisian fishermen stall 'racist' anti-migrant ship's progress

Fishermen at a Tunisian port on Sunday prevented a ship carrying far-right anti-immigration activists from docking, dealing a fresh blow to a controversial mission aimed at disrupting the flow of migrant boats from north Africa to Europe.

Anti-migrant boat follows NGO vessel off Libya

A ship carrying far-right campaigners who aim to turn migrant boats back to Africa, was following an NGO rescue vessel on Saturday with an AFP reporter on board in the waters off Libya.

Migrant killed on road near French port of Calais

Lille - A migrant was killed when he was hit by a car near the northern French port of Calais, in the latest fatality linked to the three-year-old cross-Channel migrant crisis, authorities said Friday.

Italy toughens tone on NGO migrant rescue boats

Rome - Italy has warned NGOs operating migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean they will not be allowed to continue if they do not sign up to new rules governing their operations.

Italy moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Rome - Italy on Wednesday dispatched a navy patrol boat to Libya and seized an NGO rescue ship in dramatic steps aimed at ending the migrant crisis that has engulfed Europe in recent years.

Italy impounds German NGO migrant rescue boat

Rome - Italian authorities on Wednesday impounded a German NGO's migrant rescue boat on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration, police said.

Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission

Rome - The Italian parliament gave the go-ahead Wednesday to a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts.

Musicians flee Libya for 'right to rap'

A group of rappers who say they had to flee Libya for their art were on their way to Italy Wednesday after being rescued by a charity boat.

Italy enforces NGO boat crackdown as migrant flux slows

Rome - Italy on Wednesday began enforcing a controversial code of conduct for charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean as new figures revealed a sharp drop in the numbers of people arriving from Libya.

School's out: migrants learn French on banks of Paris canal

Paris - Sitting in rows on a grassy embankment overlooking a Paris square, around 50 asylum-seekers recite the alphabet in French following a young woman pointing to letters on a whiteboard.
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This video grab made on September 9  2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she ru...
This video grab made on September 9, 2015 shows a Hungarian TV camerawoman kicking a child as she runs with other migrants from a police line during disturbances at Roszke
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A Turkish police officer stands next to the body of a migrant child on the shores in Bodrum  souther...
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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A Syrian boy climbs on the facade of the Vrazhdebna reception centre for migrants in Sofia on Septem...
A Syrian boy climbs on the facade of the Vrazhdebna reception centre for migrants in Sofia on September 15, 2016
Nikolay Doychinov, AFP
People are protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision of the Israeli government to d...
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)
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign ...
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Protestors with plastic horns  whistles  and bongos.
Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign ...
People protesting in the streets of Tel Aviv against the decision to deport 400 children of foreign workers. Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Climate activists gathered for a march on the waterfront in Doha; calling on Arab countries to take ...
Climate activists gathered for a march on the waterfront in Doha; calling on Arab countries to take the lead in UN climate change negotiations. But notice the banner being carried by the activists to the right-front of the picture.
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Protestors at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
A group of children of foreign workers that could be deported from Israel by a decision of the Israe...
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
Qatar's Search and Follow Up Department is now dealing with some 300 migrant workers a day appl...
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
, AFP
A still from one of the films.
A still from one of the films.
Amnesty International
Myra  Jathro and Melvin De Vera  a Philipino family living in Israel that could be deported. Jathro ...
Myra, Jathro and Melvin De Vera, a Philipino family living in Israel that could be deported. Jathro was born in Israel. (Tel Aviv, Israel - 14 August 2010, Photo: Alessandro Di Maio
Central American migrants wait in line for food as they wait for the La Bestia (The Beast) cargo tra...
Central American migrants wait in line for food as they wait for the La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train in Apizaco, Tlaxcala state, Mexico on July 22, 2014
Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP
Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
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Central American migrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train  in Apizaco  Tlaxca...
Central American migrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in Apizaco, Tlaxcala state, Mexico on July 22, 2014
Ronaldo Schemidt, AFP
Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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Britain's smaller rural towns are also having to adapt to large numbers of eastern Europeans se...
Britain's smaller rural towns are also having to adapt to large numbers of eastern Europeans seeking agricultural work, say campaigners
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