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NATO calls for 'comprehensive response' to migrant crisis

Lisbon - The plight of migrants in the Mediterranean requires a "comprehensive response", NATO'S head Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, adding that the alliance would help by trying to stabilise countries in the region.

UN chief, Italy PM, EU's Mogherini visit navy ship in 'sea of misery'

Rome - UN chief Ban Ki-moon said the Mediterranean had become "a sea of tears" as he joined Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini aboard a navy ship Monday to highlight the plight of migrants risking their lives to...

UN chief says no military solution to migrant crisis

Rome - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged Europe to refrain from resorting to a military solution to prevent a repeat of the shipwreck in the Mediterranean that left more than 750 migrants dead.

For desperate migrants, shipwrecks a risk worth taking

Alexandria - Syrian refugee Fares al-Bashawat knows his two daughters may drown trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. But he says leaving them behind would be an even worse fate.

Europe migrant military mission faces rough seas ahead

Brussels - The Mediterranean's worst migrant shipwreck has spurred the EU to plan a military mission against people smugglers, but it will be hard to implement and risks reinforcing the image of an uncaring "Fortress Europe".

Bulgaria is EU's other migrant pressure point

Rechowzite - Braving the Mediterranean may be the main route for refugees into Europe, but large numbers are also trying their luck via a treacherous land journey through Turkey into Bulgaria, the EU's poorest country.

Hungary to seek public's views on immigration

Budapest - Hungary's government said Friday it will seek the public's views on immigration, including on whether asylum-seekers should be made to work, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban called existing EU rules "stupid".

Italian judge keeps migrant disaster ship skipper behind bars

Catania - The Tunisian captain of a migrant boat in which at least 700 people drowned is to remain behind bars as an Italian judge continues his inquiry into the deadly disaster.

Migrants killed in Macedonia train horror

Skopeia - At least 14 immigrants from Somalia and Afghanistan were killed in central Macedonia when they were hit by an international passenger train, officials said on Friday.

Hollande says France to seek UN resolution to destroy migrant boats

Brussels - French President Francois Hollande said Thursday he will seek a UN resolution authorising the EU to destroy boats used by traffickers to send thousands of migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe.

EU leaders seek UN clearance for operation against migrant smugglers

Brussels - Britain and France agreed Thursday to seek UN approval for an EU military operation against people smugglers, in a bid to curb the soaring number of migrants dying as they seek a better life in Europe.

'Never again' says Med boat survivor recalling horror journey

Stockholm - Gode Mosle, a photo technician from Damascus, shudders when he looks back on his terrifying journey on board a smuggler's trawler from a Libyan port across the Mediterranean into Europe.

The Mediterranean: Key route for EU-bound migrants

Paris - Out of the 283,000 migrants caught illegally entering the European Union in 2014, more than 220,000 arrived via the Mediterranean Sea, according to EU officials.

Malta holds funeral for migrant shipwreck victims

Valletta - Malta on Thursday honoured the memory of the estimated 800 people who perished in the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster with a poignant inter-faith funeral service for 24 of them.

Med shipwreck survivors describe terror on dry land

Catania - People smugglers responsible for the Mediterranean's worst disaster in decades beat several migrants to death and executed at least one minor before the boat left Libya with more than 750 people aboard, survivors have told investigators.

EU migrant rescue plan faces serious obstacles

Brussels - EU leaders meeting Thursday in an emergency summit will consider a range of options to halt the flood of migrants washing up on the bloc's southern shores, but they all come with reservations.

EU leaders hold emergency summit on migrant crisis

Brussels - EU leaders sat down for crisis talks Thursday on possible military action against human traffickers in Libya, in a desperate bid to halt the tidal wave of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea.

Med migrant crisis needs rescue response: UN refugee chief

Washington - The migration crisis in the Mediterranean -- in which 800 people are feared to have died Sunday alone -- is a tragedy that needs a coordinated rescue response, the top UN official for refugees said Wednesday.

Under-fire EU to consider military action at migrant summit

Brussels - EU leaders gathering in Brussels on Thursday will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya in the biggest effort yet to halt the deadly flow of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea.

Migrants 'thrown overboard' in religious row as toll climbs

Augusta - Italian police on Thursday said 12 African migrants had died after being thrown overboard by fellow passengers in the latest high-seas tragedy in the Mediterranean, as another 41 boat migrants were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Over 7,000 immigrants rescued off coast of Italy since Friday

Over 7,000 immigrants have been plucked from the Mediterranean Sea since Friday, according to the European Union. The E.U.'s Coast Guard's have been overwhelmed by the numbers.

Italy rescues more than 2,000 migrants off Libyan coast

Rome - The Italian coastguard launched a massive operation Sunday to rescue more than 2,000 migrants in difficulty between the Italian island of Lampedusa and the Libyan coast, local media said.

Dying to escape crisis-hit Greece

Rent - Strapped to the underbelly of a train, 23-year-old Ali Arzin from Afghanistan had hoped to cross the border of crisis-hit Greece into Macedonia and eventually reach another EU country.

Tide of tragedy in Med still rising, year on from Lampedusa

Rome - A year after more than 360 Africans perished on a burning, sinking ship off Lampedusa there is no end in sight to the stream of migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean, or the political row over how to stop them recurring.

Costa Rica police dismantle Nicaragua trafficking ring

San Jos - Costa Rican authorities arrested 14 people, including five police officers, accused of creating a network trafficking Nicaraguan migrants, authorities said Saturday.

42 African migrants drown off Yemen coast

Aden - Forty-two illegal African migrants drowned when their boat overturned off Yemen's southern coast late on Sunday, the defence ministry reported.The boat smuggling dozens of African migrants "overturned off the coast of Beer Ali," in the southern Shabwa ...

Greece bans footage of shipwreck in which 12 migrants died

Athens - Greek authorities said Friday they have banned a TV station from showing footage of a boat that was shipwrecked while being towed by the coastguard, killing up to 12 migrants.The boat, capsized in late January, carrying 28 mostly Afghan men, women and ...

For migrant workers, Olympic dream turns to nightmare in Sochi

When Sasa Matic was offered a job on a building site in Sochi, he suspected it was too good to be true.

Qatar's migrant workers are little better than slaves

Qatar's population is growing at an astonishing rate, driven by an urgent need to support an infrastructure development program estimated to cost $220 billion over the next decade. There are 1.4 million migrants in Qatar, 94 percent of the workforce.

Holidaymakers made human chain to save migrants in Sicily

Syracuse - Beach-goers on Morghella beach in Syracuse, Sicily created a human chain into the sea to help save 160 boat migrants from Syria, after a swimmer alerted the coastguard to their plight.
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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Protestors with plastic horns  whistles  and bongos.
Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
Protestors at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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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
Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
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
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
Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
Beachgoers in Sicily formed a human chain to rescue Syrian migrants from a boat which ran aground.
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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
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
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A still from one of the films.
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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)
Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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)
Protestors at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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
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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