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Record 70.8 million people displaced at end of 2018: UN

Geneva - More than 70 million people were counted last year as displaced from their homes, a record that underestimates the real number of refugees and asylum seekers, the UN said Wednesday.

Twelve dead after migrant boat sinks off Turkey: coastguard

Ankara - Twelve people died after a boat carrying migrants sank off southwestern Turkey on Monday, the coastguard said.

Tunisia fishermen turn life-savers in the Med

Zarzis - The Tunisian trawler radioed in for help as it passed the migrant boat in distress out at sea. But with the packed craft still adrift two days later, captain Chamseddine Bourassine took direct action.

Italy lets 10 migrants off rescue boat as row drags on

Rome - Interior Minister Matteo Salvini Italy on Saturday cleared 10 migrants to leave the rescue boat Sea-Watch 3, Italian media reported, while pressing on with plans to ban the vessel from Italian waters.

Mediterranean countries ramp up efforts to find missing migrants

Den Haag - Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants -- many fleeing Syria's war -- who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe.

Italy's Salvini cracks down on Sea Watch migrant rescue boat

Rome - Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday launched a crackdown on the German charity Sea Watch whose ship on Wednesday rescued 52 migrants off the coast of Libya.

Malta navy rescues 370 migrants from Mediterranean

Valletta - Malta's navy said on Wednesday that it had rescued a total of 370 migrants from the Mediterranean in four separate operations.

Impounded Sea Watch rescue vessel released in Italy

Rome - A charity rescue vessel run by Germany's Sea-Watch, impounded last month by Italian prosecutors as part of a probe into aiding illegal immigration, was released Saturday and given permission to sail."The Sea-Watch 3 is free!

Italian navy takes rescued migrants to Genoa

Rome - The Italian navy were transporting 100 migrants to the northern port of Genoa Friday, a day after rescuing them, but officials there say they will not be able to stay.

Italy, Malta rescue stricken migrants in Mediterranean

Valletta - The Italian navy rescued 100 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as 178 others were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, and Malta, officials said.

Pope sounds racism alarm as EU nationalists win big

Vatican City - Pope Francis warned Monday against a rise of intolerance and racism as far-right nationalists and eurosceptic parties made historic gains in European elections.

French boat seller jailed for helping migrants cross Channel

Boulogne-sur-mer - A French boss of a second-hand boat firm was sentenced to prison Friday for selling dozens of vessels to desperate migrants who used them to cross the English Channel.

Almost 300 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Tripoli - The Libyan navy has rescued some 290 migrants from sinking boats off the coast of Tripoli in two separate operations, officials said Friday.

Dutch migration minister resigns over asylum-seeker crime report

Den Haag - The Netherlands' minister for migration, Mark Harbers, resigned Tuesday after a parliamentary outcry over elided data on crimes committed by asylum-seekers, in a bad blow to the government just ahead of European elections.

Italy's Salvini fumes as ruling partner slows anti-migrant bill

Rome - Italy's governing populist Five Star Movement appeared to have coalition partner Matteo Salvini on the back foot Monday, as it challenged the strongman over his latest anti-migrant decree.

Families rescued off Libya allowed to land in Italy

Rome - Families with children saved in the Mediterranean by the German charity Sea-Watch were given permission to land in Italy Friday, despite the interior minister's "closed ports" policy.

Sea-Watch saves dozens more migrants off Libya

Rome - German charity Sea-Watch reported rescuing 65 migrants in distress off Libya on Wednesday, sparking an immediate warning from Rome to stay away from Italian waters.

Bangladeshi farmer among migrants saved by Tunisian fishermen

Zarzis - A Bangladeshi farmer watched dozens drown beside him in the Mediterranean before "God sent us the fishermen", who saved him from the cold waters and took him to Tunisia.

Three migrants drown off Tunisian coast, dozens missing

Tunis - A boat carrying around 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa has sunk in the Mediterranean, leaving three people dead and dozens missing, Tunisian officials said Friday.

Italy takes in migrants despite 'closed ports' policy

Rome - Over 60 migrants rescued at sea by the Italian navy and a charity ship disembarked in Italy on Friday, despite far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's "closed ports" policy, while three died and dozens more were missing after another migrant boat ...

Italian ships rescue 66 migrants off Libya

Rome - Sixty-six migrants were rescued in international waters off Libya on Thursday during two separate operations carried out by the Italian navy and a charity ship, raising the likelihood of a new stand-off over which port will take them in.

Austria's far-right boss in 'population replacement' row

Vienna - Austria's far-right leader and vice chancellor on Wednesday denounced what he called "population replacement", using a controversial term his critics insist is rooted in racist conspiracy theory.

In Alsace village, refugees are part of the fabric

Ferrette - In the hilltop town of Ferrette near the border with Switzerland, few would expect to encounter Eritreans exploring the ruins of its medieval chateau or Chechens walking its steep narrow streets.

Italy judges must examine asylum claims properly, top court rules

Rome - Italy's highest court ruled Friday that judges considering asylum requests must use their investigative powers to determine the risks in the claimant's country of origin rather than relying on "stereotypes", Italian media reported.

Migrants protest after hundreds escape from Mexican detention center

Gutierrez - Central American migrants at a detention center in southern Mexico protested against their captivity on Friday, a day after an escape involving around 1,300 mostly Cuban inmates.

France urged to suspend Libya boat delivery over migrant interception fear

Paris - Eight international NGOs including Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders demanded Thursday that France suspend the delivery of boats to Libya's coastguard on concerns they would be used to intercept migrants.

Italian migrant rescue ship unfit for sea: coastguard

Vatican City - An Italian aid ship that rescued 49 migrants off Libya last month has been declared unfit for rescue operations at sea, the Italian coastguard said on Wednesday.

Pope leads Good Friday procession highlighting modern-day slaves' plight

Rome - Pope Francis on Friday led the traditional Easter week "Way of the Cross" procession in Rome, which was this year took the theme of modern-day slavery and human trafficking, including the prostitutes who ply their trade on Italy's streets.

Sudan secret police testify in Italy trafficker trial

Palermo - Members of Sudan's secret service described the capture Wednesday of an alleged people trafficking kingpin, who insists he is a victim of mistaken identity.

Salvini in fresh warning to migrant rescue ships

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini signed a new directive Tuesday against charity vessels rescuing migrants off Libya, targeting the Italian ship Mare Jonio in particular.
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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.
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
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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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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Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris
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Qatar's Search and Follow Up Department is now dealing with some 300 migrant workers a day appl...
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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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
Protestors at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
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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Britain's smaller rural towns are also having to adapt to large numbers of eastern Europeans se...
Britain's smaller rural towns are also having to adapt to large numbers of eastern Europeans seeking agricultural work, say campaigners
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Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Syrian migrants wait inside their room at a reception centre in Sofia on September 15  2016
Syrian migrants wait inside their room at a reception centre in Sofia on September 15, 2016
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Refugee in Italy
Refugee in Italy
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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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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 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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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
Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
Protestors at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.

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