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Over 180 feared dead from migrant boat disaster in Mediterranean

Rome - Four people died and nearly 180 are missing, presumed dead, after Saturday's migrant ship capsize in the Mediterranean, officials said Tuesday after interviewing a handful of survivors.

Scores missing in migrant crossing in Mediterranean: Italy

Rome - The Italian coastguard said on Saturday nearly a hundred people were missing after a boat with migrants sank off the Libyan coast."The bodies of eight people have been recovered.

Cuban migrants furious, disconcerted by end of US welcome policy

Panama - For Cubans trekking through Latin America to the United States, the sudden decision by President Barack Obama to end a longstanding policy giving them automatic entry has come as a cold, hard punch to the gut.

Spanish court reopens probe into drowning of 15 migrants

Madrid - A Spanish court has reopened a probe into the drowning of 15 migrants as they tried to swim from Morocco to Spain's North African territory of Ceuta while police in riot gear tried to stop them.

Hungary's Orban defies EU with migrant detentions

Budapest - Hungary's right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday he has defied Brussels by reintroducing the systematic detention of migrants arriving in the country in response to recent "terror" attacks in Europe.

Hungary hands migrant-kicking journalist probation

Budapest - A Hungarian television camerawoman who made headlines in 2015 after tripping and kicking migrants fleeing police was found guilty Thursday of the misdemeanour of vandalism and was sentenced to probation.

Tunis vows to 'assume responsibility' after Berlin attack

Carthage - Tunisia will "assume its responsibilities" on unwanted migrants, President Beji Caid Essebsi said Thursday after Germany threatened to cut development aid to countries that stall on the return of rejected asylum seekers.

Germany to return new asylum seekers to Greece from March

Berlin - Germany will begin returning asylum seekers to Greece from mid-March, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP on Thursday, essentially lifting a five-year suspension on such transfers because of poor conditions there.

German migrant arrivals down sharply as Merkel faces polls

Berlin - Germany said on Wednesday that migrant arrivals dropped by two-thirds in 2016 from the previous year's record high, providing relief for Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of this year's elections.

Germany threatens aid cuts over asylum seeker return

Berlin - Germany threatened on Sunday to end development aid to countries that refuse to take back rejected asylum seekers, a response to failings which kept the suspected Berlin attacker from being deported.

Homeless and migrants threatened as deep freeze grips Europe

Blizzards and icy temperatures in Europe have left over 20 people dead and even blanketed the Greek islands and southern Italy in snow, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in the freezing cold.

Frenchman acquitted of aiding migrants

Nice - A French court on Friday acquitted a man for helping migrants sneak into the country from Italy as immigration issues play a major role ahead of this year's elections.

Tragic end for migrants who thought they'd reached Italy

Tripoli - After several days at sea the migrants spotted land, thinking it was Italy. Several drowned trying to swim ashore. But when the survivors reached dry land they found they were still in Libya.

Italy to step up deportations after migrant death protest

Rome - Italy vowed Wednesday to increase deportations of migrants whose asylum requests have been rejected, after a riot in a reception centre sparked by the death of a young woman.

French farmer in the dock for aiding migrants

Nice - A French farmer who faces up to five years in prison for helping African migrants slip into the country and find shelter told his trial Wednesday he merely wanted to relieve their suffering.

Migrants protest over reported attacks in Croatian capital

Zagreb - Around 50 migrants staged a protest in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Monday claiming they have suffered attacks by unknown assailants, state-run HRT television reported.

More than 1,000 migrants storm border at Spain's Ceuta

Madrid - More than 1,000 migrants tried to jump a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Sunday in a violent assault that saw one officer lose an eye, local authorities said.

A 2016 love story: the Macedonian cop and the Iraqi refugee

Kumanovo - The scene was hardly conducive to romance: she was a sick Iraqi in a wave of refugees trying to enter Serbia, while he belonged to the stern Macedonian police force keeping guard.

UK faces legal fight with Calais child asylum seekers

London - Dozens of children who sought asylum in Britain after living in the Calais "Jungle" camp have launched a legal challenge against the government's handling of their claims, their lawyers said Thursday.

Italy says another 900 migrants rescued in Med

Rome - Another 900 migrants have been rescued from stricken boats off Libya, Italy's coastguard said Wednesday, three days before the end of what is already a record year for arrivals at the country's southern ports.

Sweden: Expectant mothers being sent to Finland to give birth

An unexpected migrant-propelled baby boom in Sweden has forced the authorities to send expectant mothers to Finland to give birth as the nation faces shortage of facilities to care for prematurely born babies

Balkan countries illegally push back migrants: UNHCR

Belgrade - Illegal deportations of migrants seeking to reach western Europe along the so-called Balkans route have been on the rise, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned Monday.

Hungarian priest brings migrants in from the cold

Hungary - "Save us before we die from the cold," read the email in Father Zoltan Nemeth's inbox. It was an appeal that this Hungarian priest could not ignore.

Syrian chef serves up slice of home in Greek camp

- Before braving a 'trip of death' to escape Syria, Talal Rankoussi was a chef in a Damascus restaurant considered the largest in the world.

Mediterranean migrant deaths in 2016 pass 5,000: UN

Geneva - The number of migrants and refugees who have perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean this year has passed 5,000, the UN said Friday after two more deadly shipwrecks.

Seven dead in new migrant boat tragedies: Italy

Rome - Seven bodies were recovered from or around stricken migrants boats in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, Italy's coastguard said.

Christmas market carnage 'terrorist act' likely by asylum seeker: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that authorities believe a deadly rampage by a lorry driver at a Berlin Christmas market was a "terrorist" attack likely committed by an asylum seeker.

Italy's tireless coastguard on busiest migrant year yet

Rome - It has been a record year for Italy's coastguard, with nearly 180,000 people rescued in the Mediterranean, longer days than ever before and, despite their efforts, thousands of victims.

Border Patrol: Record surge of migrants entering U.S. illegally

With just five weeks left before President-elect Trump takes office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reporting that the number of undocumented migrants apprehended at the U.S. southwest border has surged to levels seen in the 2014 crisis.

Migrant deaths soar globally, most in Mediterranean: IOM

Geneva - The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday.
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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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Nissan the polar bear briefly spent time with four asylum seekers who broke into the truck at Calais.
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Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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A municipality employee walks past a pile of lifejackets discarded by migrants and refugees in the village of Molyvos, on the Greek island of Lesbos
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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
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A refugee family falls into a river they try cross on their way to Macedonia from a makeshift camp a...
A refugee family falls into a river they try cross on their way to Macedonia from a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 14, 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)
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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)
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Refugee in Italy
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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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Syrian migrants wait inside their room at a reception centre in Sofia on September 15, 2016
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Young men, refugees/migrants marching. Not a single woman in the picture...
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A baby born in the Texas of an illegal immigrant cannot be given a birth certificate.
A baby born in the Texas of an illegal immigrant cannot be given a birth certificate.
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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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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
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Central American migrants get on the so-called La Bestia (The Beast) cargo train, in Apizaco, Tlaxcala state, Mexico on July 22, 2014
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Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
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Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
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