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Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia offer

Indonesia - Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard ...

Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat: official

Cox's Bazar - Myanmar's navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat, bringing 208 people to shore, an official told AFP Friday, as it faced mounting international pressure to tackle a regional migration crisis."A navy ship found two boats...

Boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase allowed to stay

Madrid - An African boy found hidden in a suitcase that was smuggled across the border into Spain has been granted temporary permission to stay so he can be reunited with his mother, officials said Thursday.

Europe migrant terror threat overblown: experts

Brussels - The arrest in Italy of a terror suspect posing as a boat migrant has fuelled nightmare scenarios of jihadist infiltration of Europe, but experts say the threat is overblown and attacks by homegrown extremists are more likely.

Italy hails arrest of Tunis terror suspect

Rome - Italy's interior minister said Thursday that the arrest of a Moroccan illegal immigrant wanted for the Tunis museum attack had been a police success, rebuffing claims it had exposed gaping holes in the country's security net.

Asia, Europe migrants putting our humanity to the test: Red Cross

Ginebra - Surging numbers of migrants risking their lives on rickety boats both in Southeast Asia and on the way to Europe are a test of the world's humanity, the Red Cross chief told AFP in an interview.

Rohingya pay off traffickers to save stranded migrants

Cox's Bazar - As Mahmoud Yasien kneeled before the people smugglers and begged for his pregnant wife's life, the Rohingya migrant's dreams of a better life evaporated, his ship stranded hundreds of miles from its destination in Malaysia.

Barred from Gulf, Bangladeshis risk lives to head south

Cox's Bazar - Denied their traditional route out of poverty in the Gulf and often urged on by relatives, growing numbers of young Bangladeshis are joining the waves of Rohingya trying to reach Southeast Asia on horror boat journeys.

Malaysia orders boatpeople search as Myanmar hosts envoy talks

Cox's Bazar - Malaysia ordered search and rescue missions Thursday for thousands of boatpeople stranded at sea, as Myanmar hosted talks with US and Southeast Asian envoys on the migrant exodus from its shores.

EU lawmakers accuse states of passing buck on migrants

Strasbourg - EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

Bay of Bengal migrant crisis: The boats and the numbers

Bangkok - In the past 10 days, nearly 3,000 boatpeople from Myanmar and Bangladesh have been rescued or swum to shore in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

Fishermen wept as they rescued starving migrants off Indonesia

Indonesia - Fisherman Muchtar Ali broke down in tears when he set eyes on the overcrowded boat carrying desperate, starving Rohingya off the coast of Indonesia before going to the rescue of a vessel that has become emblematic of Asia's human-trafficking crisis.

Hundreds of boatpeople rescued off Indonesia's Aceh: official

Banda Aceh - Hundreds of boatpeople were rescued by local fishermen from their wooden vessels off Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday, officials and fishermen said.

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan

Rome - Italy will recover hundreds of bodies from a boat which capsized in April in a bid to prevent the collapse of an EU plan to tackle the migrant crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Hungary's Orban angers EU over death penalty, migrants

Strasbourg - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban angered EU lawmakers and officials Tuesday by insisting that Budapest had the right to debate closing the door to migrants and reintroducing the death penalty."Hungarians talk straight about tough things.

European opposition could sink Brussels migrant plan

Brussels - Brussels may have to water down controversial plans for quotas to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe amid growing opposition, unexpectedly led by France, officials said Tuesday.

Hollande rejects EU migrant quotas but backs better distribution

Berlin - French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that quotas for migrants in Europe were "out of the question" but said he supported a better distribution of refugees between EU countries.

2,000 migrants stranded in boats off Myanmar: UN

Yangon - At least 2,000 migrants stalked by hunger and violence have been trapped for weeks on boats off Myanmar, the UN said Tuesday, as Indonesia called for a regional effort to tackle the crisis.

Indonesia says migrant crisis is regional problem

Jakarta - Indonesia said Tuesday a migrant boat crisis was a problem for all of Southeast Asia ahead of key regional talks, as Jakarta and other countries came under more pressure to let the boatpeople land.

Philippines says prepared to help boatpeople

Manila - The Philippines said Tuesday it was ready to help Rohingya and Bangladeshi boatpeople, as its Southeast Asian neighbours faced outrage for turning them away.

Fears grow for Rohingya migrants on missing boat

Satun - Fears grew on Tuesday for the welfare of hundreds of Rohingya migrants on a boat bounced between waters off Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia that has not been heard from in more than 60 hours.

Families torn asunder by Asian migrant boat crisis

Langsa - A teenage son fleeing poverty on a perilous sea voyage, his relatives in a squalid refugee camp, and the cousin who made it to a marginally better life in Malaysia -- the story of one Rohingya family illustrates the torment and dreams driving Asia's mi...

Migrant surge puts Italy's humanitarian instincts to the test

Aosta - With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores.

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis

Brussels - EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

Myanmar acknowledges 'concern' over migrant exodus

Yangon - Myanmar Monday acknowledged international "concerns" about waves of boatpeople, many of whom are fleeing from persecution, but denied it is solely to blame as thousands languish in dire straits at sea.

'Terrorists' may use migrant cover to get to Europe: NATO

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Monday that fighters from Islamic extremist groups may hide among the flood of migrants seeking refuge in Europe, increasing the need for an effective response.

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers

Brussels - European Union ministers are set to approve plans Monday for an unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers in the Mediterranean after a series of shipwrecks killed hundreds of migrants.

400 Europe-bound migrants held in Libya dawn raid

Tripoli - Libyan authorities arrested 400 illegal migrants, including several pregnant women, at dawn on Sunday as they prepared to board boats for Europe, officials said.

Misery at sea: The Rohingya boat bounced between nations

Amphoe Hankha - The fate of around 300 ethnic Rohingya migrants whose overcrowded trawler has been bounced for days between Thai and Malaysian waters dramatises the desperate plight of Southeast Asia's new boat-people.

Malaysia presses Myanmar to help solve migrant crisis

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia on Sunday pressed Myanmar to engage in talks on Southeast Asia's boat-people influx, warning it may otherwise call an emergency meeting on the unfolding humanitarian crisis.
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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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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
Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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Protestors at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
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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
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
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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)
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
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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Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors make noise to support migrants at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
Protestors with plastic horns  whistles  and bongos.
Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
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 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
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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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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
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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A still from one of the films.
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