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Spain sends navy to save migrants as Italian justice intervenes

Madrid - Spain on Tuesday deployed a naval patrol boat to pick up migrants on a charity rescue boat that has been stranded off Italy's Lampedusa island for days after numerous people jumped overboard in a desperate bid to swim ashore.

EU boosts aid for Bosnia to manage migrant influx

Sarajevo - The EU on Monday pledged 10 million euros in fresh aid to help Bosnia manage an influx of migrants crossing its territory to reach Western Europe.

Spain rails against Salvini's refusal to accept rescued migrants

Madrid - Spain on Monday stepped up criticism of Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's refusal to allow 107 migrants on board a charity vessel to disembark at an Italian port, calling it "a disgrace to humanity".

Migrant rescue ship stuck off Italy rejects Spain port offer

Madrid - A charity vessel carrying 107 rescued migrants and stuck in limbo off Italy on Sunday rejected an offer to go to Spain as "absolutely unrealistic" because of the "humanitarian emergency" on board.

Italian court suspends anti migrant rescue ship decree: NGO

Madrid - A Spanish charity which operates a migrant rescue boat in the Mediterranean said Wednesday that a court in Italy has suspended a government decree banning its vessel from entering Italian territorial waters.

Over 350 migrants aboard charity ship after new rescue in Med

French charities SOS Mediterranean and MSF rescued another 105 migrants off the coast of Libya on Monday, bringing to 356 the number of those aboard the Ocean Viking ship now seeking a safe port.

Over 350 migrants onboard charity ship after new rescue in Med

French charities SOS Mediterranea and MSF rescued another 105 migrants off the coast of Libya on Monday, bringing to 356 the number of those aboard the Ocean Viking now seeking a safe port.

For rescued migrant, Libya stay was worst ordeal on way to Europe

A young Ivorian mother endured a string of hardships before finally boarding the Ocean Viking rescue ship, but she says she would rather have died at sea than have to return to a Libyan detention centre where beatings were routine.

Another 81 migrants rescued by charity ship off Libya

French charities SOS Mediterranean and MSF rescued another 81 migrants off the coast of Libya on Sunday, who joined 130 others aboard the ship the Ocean Viking, an AFP reporter said.

Refugee boats given new life as bags in Berlin

Berlin - Leaning over his sewing machine in the workshop of the small Berlin-based company called mimycri, Khaldoun Alhussain concentrates as he stitches a piece of grey rubber.

Spanish charity rejects Malta offer to take some migrants, not others

Valletta - The Maltese government said Saturday it would take in 39 migrants just plucked from the Mediterranean but refused entry to 121 others aboard the same rescue vessel for more than a week.

Migrants injured near Bosnia border with Croatia

Sarajevo - A group of 18 migrants were found injured near Bosnia's border with Croatia and are receiving medical care, local media and police said Wednesday.

Rescue trauma haunts Mediterranean migrant rescuers

From one operation to the next, it is not the people who are saved but the ones they can do nothing to help who leave the worst mental scars on migrant rescuers in the Mediterranean.

Migrant rescue NGOs defy European states

Barcelona - A Spanish charity that saved 121 migrants in the Mediterranean last week vowed Monday to continue sea rescue operations, the latest NGO to defy moves by European nations to shut down a route exploited by trafficking gangs.

Spanish charity wants to disembark rescued migrants in Italy or Malta

Barcelona - A Spanish migrant charity demanded Monday that EU nations agree to take in 121 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean so they can initially disembark in either Italy or Malta.

New migrant rescue ship leaves France on first mission off Libya

Marseille - Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee on Sunday dispatched its new rescue ship Ocean Viking from the French port of Marseille on its first mission to save migrants off the coast of Libya.

Eritrean wins asylum in Italy after mistaken trafficking charges

Rome - An Eritrean wrongly accused of being a human trafficking kingpin in a case of mistaken identity has been granted political asylum in Italy and set free, his lawyer told AFP on Saturday.

Incoming EU chief calls for 'new pact' on migration

Rome - The incoming head of the European Commission called Friday for a "new pact" on migration during a trip to Italy, which insists Europe must take a fairer share of asylum seekers.

Fresh migrant stand-off with Italy's Salvini

Rome - A charity rescue ship run by German NGO Sea-Eye was blocked outside Italian territorial waters on Thursday with 40 migrants on board, after Italy's far-right interior minister banned it from entering.

Italy lets in stranded migrants after striking EU deal

Augusta - Italy allowed 116 rescued migrants to disembark from a coastguard ship Wednesday with Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's backing after five EU countries and the Church agreed to share responsibility for looking after them.

Libya buries bodies of 46 migrants after deadly shipwreck

Tajurah - Libyan authorities buried the bodies of 46 migrants Sunday after they were plucked from the sea following one of deadliest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean so far this year.

Dozens of migrants still stuck on vessel in Italy port

Rome - An Italian coastguard vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 130 migrants aboard has been allowed to dock in the eastern Sicilian port of Augusta but Rome on Sunday refused to let them disembark until a deal is struck with the EU.

Young asylum seekers in US easy prey for gangs

Los Angeles - Young Central American asylum seekers fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries are increasingly falling prey to the notorious MS-13 gang in the United States, authorities say.

Libya rescuers recover 62 bodies at sea after 'worst' wreck of year

Tripoli - Rescue workers said Friday they had plucked the bodies of 62 migrants from waters off the Libyan coast a day after one of the deadliest shipwrecks in the Mediterranean this year.

Bodies of 62 migrants retrieved off Libya coast: Red Crescent

Tripoli - Libya's Red Crescent said Friday its rescue workers had recovered the bodies of 62 migrants a day after one of the deadliest shipwrecks this year in the Mediterranean.

Migrants rescued from shipwreck off Libya await their fate

Al Khums - Traumatised African migrants plucked from the sea silently awaited their fate Friday, as a Libyan fisherman said the waters were full of floating bodies after the latest boat sinking in the Mediterranean.

More than 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast: IOM

Tripoli - More than 100 migrants were missing after their boat sank off the coast of Libya in what might be the worst tragedy in the Mediterranean this year, aid agencies said Thursday.

EU takes Hungary to court over 'Stop Soros' migrant law

Apo - The European Union on Thursday took Hungary to the EU's highest court over controversial legislation against assisting migrants, known as the "Stop Soros" laws.

SOS Mediterranee relaunches migrant rescue missions off Libya

Paris - Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Sunday it has relaunched rescue efforts off Libya seven months after it abandoned operations using its ship Aquarius and despite a refusal by European ports to accept the migrants.

Minibus with migrants overturns in Turkey killing 17

Ankara - Seventeen people were killed and 50 wounded after a minibus carrying migrants overturned in eastern Turkey on Thursday, the private news agency DHA reported.
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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 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
Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
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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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Syrian migrants wait inside their room at a reception centre in Sofia on September 15, 2016
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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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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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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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A still from one of the films.
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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.
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Refugee in Italy
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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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Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
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
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