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Migrants dash for last train to Germany from bottleneck Budapest

Budapest - The 21.10 train to Munich, the last out of Budapest to Germany, was tantalisingly close, just a few metres the other side of a crush barrier and some ticket inspectors.

20,000 march in Austria after migrant truck tragedy

Vienna - Around 20,000 people took to the streets of Vienna on Monday to demonstrate against ill-treatment of migrants, police said, after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in an abandoned truck last week.

Refugee crisis tests Europe's core ideals: Merkel

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday for EU action on the migrant crisis, saying it was testing the core ideals of universal rights at the heart of the European Union.

More than 10,000 Icelanders ready to welcome Syrians

Reykjav - More than 10,000 Icelanders said Monday on Facebook they were ready to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes after the government said it would only let in a handful.

Several hundred migrants arrive in Vienna on trains from Budapest: Police

Vienna - Several trains carrying hundreds of migrants arrived in Vienna from Budapest on Monday evening, police said, after they had been stopped at the Austrian border for several hours.

Europe's migrant crisis: Key questions

Brussels - Europe's refugee and migrant crisis has escalated over the summer, leaving the continent divided over how to deal with a flood of people led by Syrians fleeing war in their homeland.

Syrians take long way round by biking to new life in Arctic

Oslo - A group of intrepid Syrian migrants have found a new, albeit long, way into Europe -- through Russia and into Norway's Arctic, some of them cycling across the border.

Austria orders migrants from trains at Hungarian border

Vienna - Austrian security forces stopped two trains with several hundred migrants near the border with Hungary on Monday, a police spokesman said, hours after authorities in Budapest let them leave despite many not having EU visas.

'We will never turn away those who need protection': EU official

Calais - Europe "will never turn away those who need protection," said Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the EU Commission, during a visit to the northern French port of Calais on Monday.

Traffic chaos as Austria ups border checks in migrant smuggler hunt

Vienna - Huge traffic jams stretching back 50 kilometres (30 miles) built up along the Austro-Hungarian border on Monday as Austrian police stepped up security checks in the hunt for people smugglers.

Migrant trains arrive in Austria as crisis deepens

Vienna - Trains packed with migrants arrived in Austria's capital where 20,000 people turned out to show their support for the new arrivals, as Europe struggled to cope with the biggest movement of people since World War II.

Australia urges more European nations to join IS air strikes

Sydney - Australia on Monday urged more European nations to begin air strikes against Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as a way of tackling the escalating refugee crisis gripping the continent.

Hungary slams 'groundless' French criticism of border barrier

Budapest - Hungary on Sunday lashed out at French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius over his criticism of the country's new anti-migrant border barrier, accusing him of "shocking and groundless" judgements.

EU ministers to meet September 14 for urgent migrant talks

Luxembourg - European Union home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks on September 14 in Brussels on the continent's escalating migration crisis, the Luxembourg government said on Sunday.

Migrants fleeing war, persecution must be let in: French PM

La Rochelle - People fleeing war and persecution must be welcomed into France, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday as Europe faces a mounting migrant crisis.

Berlin, Paris, London seek urgent EU meeting on migrant crisis

Paris - Germany, France and Britain made a joint call Sunday for an urgent meeting of EU interior and justice ministers to find concrete measures to cope with the escalating migration crisis.

New arrest in Hungary over Austrian migrant tragedy

Budapest - Hungarian police said Sunday that they have arrested a fifth man over the deaths of 71 migrants found in an abandoned truck in Austria last week.

France: Stance of some E. Europe nations on migration is 'scandalous'

Paris - The attitude of a number of eastern European countries towards the migrant crisis facing the EU is "scandalous", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Sunday, pointing in particular to an anti-migrant barrier in Hungary.

German media and celebs rally for refugees after ugly protests

Berlin - Germany may have witnessed violent anti-refugee protests this week -- but the message from the country's media and celebrities is a loud and determined welcome for people fleeing the horrors of war.

Thousands welcome refugees to Germany at Dresden rally

Dresden - Thousands of people took to the streets of the German city of Dresden on Saturday to send a message of welcome to refugees, after a string of violent anti-migrant protests in the region.

Hungary says anti-migrant barrier along Serb border complete

Budapest - A razor-wire barrier along Hungary's border with non-EU member Serbia, aimed at keeping out migrants, has been completed, the Hungarian defence ministry said on Saturday.

15 held in Spain for smuggling migrants on water scooters

Madrid - Fifteen people were arrested this month in Spain for smuggling Moroccan migrants into the country on water scooters, authorities said Saturday, terming it a "very dangerous practice.

Libya shipwreck toll rises to 111, dozens missing

Tripoli - Rescuers have retrieved from the sea the bodies of 111 migrants whose boat sank off the coast of Libya, the Red Crescent said on Saturday in a new toll.

Austria migrant tragedy suspects in custody as second truck found

Taf - Four suspects in Austria's migrant truck tragedy were remanded in custody in Hungary on Saturday, as Austrian police rescued three "severely dehydrated" refugee children packed into another vehicle.

UN chief urges stronger response to migration tragedies

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appealed Friday to governments to step up their response to Europe's migrant crisis following more drownings at sea and the discovery of migrant bodies in an abandoned truck in Austria.

Migrant drama hits European screens in film 'Mediterranea'

Paris - As migrant tragedies overflow in the news cycle, especially in Europe, a new movie opening in France puts a human -- and artistic -- face on the phenomenon up on the big screen.

Nine hours battling death at sea off the Libyan coast

Waddan - Pakistani teenager Shefaz Hamza spent nine hours at sea clinging to the wreckage of a migrant boat that sank off Libya. By the time the coast guard arrived his mother and young sister were dead.

European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

Ginebra - Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

Hungary mulls stiff penalties for border jumpers, people smugglers

Budapest - Hungary moved Friday to stiffen penalties for illegal border crossing in a new bid to deter the wave of migrants surging into the country in record numbers.

German court reinstates ban on demos in flashpoint refugee town

Heidenau - The German government said Friday it was sending police reinforcements to the eastern state of Saxony, following violent anti-migrant protests which prompted a ban on rallies in the flashpoint town of Heidenau.
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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
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Refugee in Italy
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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 at Yarl s Wood speak with police officers.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood speak with police officers.
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
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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Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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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)
Protestors at Yarl s Wood.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood.
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
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 at Yarl s Wood detention centre.
Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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 with plastic horns  whistles  and bongos.
Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
Over 7 000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
Over 7,000 migrants rescued off Italy since Friday.
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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
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)
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

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