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Founder of Germany's far-right Pegida fined for inciting hatred

Berlin - The founder of Germany's xenophobic and anti-Islamic Pegida movement was Tuesday convicted of inciting racial hatred and fined nearly 10,000 euros for branding refugees "cattle" and "scum" on social media.

Italy ready to raise shipwreck, recover hundreds of victims

Rome - The Italian navy said Tuesday it is ready to raise a boat which sank off Libya last year and recover the bodies of hundreds of victims believed to have been trapped inside.

EU to grant Turkey visa-free travel under migrant deal

Brussels - The EU will on Wednesday grant conditional approval for Turks to gain visa-free access to the Schengen zone, sources told AFP, meeting one of Ankara's key demands to keep a migrant deal alive.

EU set to extend Schengen border controls

Brussels - The EU is set this week to allow countries to extend border controls in the passport-free Schengen area as a result of the migrant crisis and recent terror attacks following a request by five countries, European sources said Monday.

More than 1,000 people evacuated from Paris migrant camp

Paris - Police evacuated more than one thousand people from a makeshift migrant camp near a Paris metro station on Monday, the third time the camp has been cleared in as many months.

Up to 100 missing in two Mediterranean shipwrecks: UN

Rome - Fifteen migrants are missing after their boat sank on Friday, the second shipwreck that day in the Mediterranean, bringing the number of lives lost to almost 100, the UN said Sunday.

May Day boos for Austrian leader after far-right poll shock

Vienna - Austria's embattled chancellor was greeted Sunday with loud boos as he addressed around 80,000 people in Vienna on May Day, a week after the government's disastrous defeat at the hands of the far-right in a presidential ballot.

Germany's right-wing AfD adopt anti-Islam manifesto

Stuttgart - Germany's right-wing populist AfD Sunday adopted an anti-Islam policy in a manifesto that also demands curbs to immigration, as a poll showed it is now the country's third strongest party.

84 migrants still missing after boat sinks off Libya: IOM

Rome - Eighty-four migrants are still missing after an inflatable craft sank off the coast of Libya, according to survivors cited by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Saturday.

Austria, Germany press EU to prolong border controls

Vienna - Austria and Germany said on Saturday they were in talks with the European Union's executive body to extend temporary border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow.

Austrian far-right head donates money to refugees

Vienna - The head of Austria's anti-immigration far-right apologised Friday for claiming a newspaper faked a photo of an anti-refugee protest by his party, donating 9,000 euros ($10,300) to a migrants charity.

Italy says Austria 'wasting money' in migrant border row

Rome - Italy told Austria Thursday it would prove Vienna was "wasting money" on anti-migrant measures and closing the border between the two countries would be "an enormous mistake".

Suspect in Cologne sex assaults caught near German-Swiss border

Ginebra - A key suspect in the New Year's Eve mass sexual assaults in Cologne was spotted shoplifting in southern Germany and arrested across the border in Switzerland, authorities said Thursday.

Showdown talks as Italy fumes over Austria migrant 'slap'

Rome - Italy and Austria were set for showdown talks Thursday as Italian politicians and media reacted furiously to Vienna's new anti-migrant measures that could close the border between the two countries.

Italy to start fingerprinting migrants at sea

Rome - Italy is to introduce the fingerprinting of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats, officials say.

Neo-Nazis on trial for plotting attack on refugee shelter

Munich - A group of neo-Nazis calling itself the "Old School Society" went on trial Wednesday in Germany charged with forming a terror group that planned attacks against an asylum seeker home.

Immigration puts Swedish schools to the test

Stockholm - Sweden's schools were already struggling with demoralised teachers and declining test scores before the arrival of masses of young migrants whose needs have put unprecedented strain on the system.

Austria adopts tough new asylum laws amid far-right surge

Vienna - The Austrian parliament on Wednesday adopted one of Europe's toughest asylum laws, as the country's political leaders struggle to halt the surging far-right which is leading in presidential polls.

Rohingya found abandoned in forest a year on from Thai crackdown

Bangkok - More than a dozen Rohingya refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said Wednesday, almost a year on from a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.

Greece sends another 49 migrants back to Turkey

Atenas - Greece returned another 49 migrants to Turkey on Tuesday under a controversial EU-Turkey deal to reduce the influx, a police source said, three weeks after the first deportations.

Turkey visa deal only once 'all criteria met': EU

Paris - The EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that Turkey would only get visa-free travel to the bloc once it has met all the required criteria.

US backs NATO blockade of Libya to close migrant route

Rome - The United States on Monday offered its backing for a NATO naval operation off Libya in support of a controversial Italian plan to close the Western Mediterranean migrant route to Europe.

Jordan queen calls for 'legal' refugee path to Europe

Kallon - Jordan's Queen Rania on Monday called for "legal" paths into Europe for refugees, criticising the EU's controversial deal with Turkey which she said endangers lives."The deep concern is that many of the refugees...

Merkel basks in Obama refugee policy praise as critics grouse

Hanover - US President Barack Obama on Monday hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as being on the "right side of history" with her welcoming refugee policy, although critics denounced his praise as hollow lip service.

Italy says NATO three months from Libya coast mission

Rome - NATO is three months away from launching patrols off Libya as part of a plan to stop migrants arriving in Italy, Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said in an interview published Monday.

Syria-born Greek mayor takes charge of 'lucky' refugees

Rent - On a long beach framed by a golden Ionian Sea sunset, a group of Syrian boys shout for joy as they race across the sand, the horrors of war and exile they have witnessed briefly forgotten.

Dozens of migrants break through Macedonian border: AFP

Gevgelija - Several dozen migrants managed to illegally cross from Greece into Macedonia on Saturday -- a border that has been shut since February, an AFP photographer reported.

Turkey 'best example for world on how to treat refugees': Tusk

Gaziantep - European Council head Donald Tusk heaped high praise on Turkey for its reception of Syrian refugees on Saturday, saying the country served as "the best example" in the world on caring for those fleeing war.

Visa deal or no migrant deal, Turkey warns EU

Gaziantep - Turkey stood its ground over the contentious issue of visa-free travel for its citizens on Saturday, warning German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials it would stop taking back migrants from Europe if the bloc failed to keep its word.

Obama hails Turkey-bound Merkel's 'courage' on migrants

Berlin - US President Barack Obama has hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's "courageous" leadership in opening doors to migrants fleeing the Syrian conflict.
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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
A municipality employee walks past a pile of lifejackets discarded by migrants and refugees in the v...
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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Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
Protestors at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
Young men  refugees/migrants marching.
Young men, refugees/migrants marching.
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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
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
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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Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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.
Dogan News Agency / AFP
Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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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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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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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 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.
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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Nissan the polar bear briefly spent time with four asylum seekers who broke into the truck at Calais...
Nissan the polar bear briefly spent time with four asylum seekers who broke into the truck at Calais.
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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
Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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