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Sea Watch rescue ship released by Italy coastguard

Rome - Migrant rescue ship Sea Watch 3 has been given permission to leave Italy three weeks after it was detained for breaching safety and environmental laws, the coastguard said Friday.

Merkel voices 'full solidarity' with Juncker in Orban row

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday voiced full backing for European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in a widening row with Hungary's hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Rights group slams 'inhuman' treatment of migrants in Greece

Strasbourg - The Council of Europe rights body Tuesday condemned the "inhuman and degrading treatment" of migrants and asylum seekers held in Greece, adding it had credible allegations of abuse by police.

Italy's Five Star votes against possible Salvini migrant trial

Rome - Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement voted Monday against possibly putting Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on trial for alleged kidnapping after he refused to let migrants disembark from a rescue ship.

German migrant rescue ship renamed after tragic toddler

Palma - A German migrant rescue ship which operates in the Mediterranean was renamed Sunday after Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach at the height of the migrant crisis, sparking global outrageAlan's father,...

Catholic migrants in the UAE abuzz ahead of pope's visit

Dubai - Like millions of his compatriots, Filipino migrant Ray Erwin adores Pope Francis. This weekend, he is counting down the hours to a historic papal mass in Abu Dhabi."We are very grateful," he told AFP. "It's a chance of a lifetime.

Italian prosecutors probe coast guard over deadly shipwreck

Rome - Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 117 people in a shipwreck off Libya last month and whether delays at the rescue command centre in Rome cost lives, a Sicilian prosecutor said Friday.

Sea Watch rescue ship detained by Italy coastguard

Rome - The migrant rescue ship Sea Watch 3 has been detained in the Sicilian port of Catania for breaching safety and environmental laws, the Italian coastguard said Friday, after it disembarked dozens of people it had saved from the sea.

NGOs call on EU to stop sending migrants back to Libya

Paris - Oxfam and 53 other organisations Friday accused EU governments of being complicit in the "tragedy" of migrants crossing from Libya to Italy, saying more than 5,300 people had died in the Mediterranean in the past two years.

Migrants land in Sicily as ship crew faces uncertain fate

Catania - Forty-seven migrants disembarked in the Sicilian port of Catania on Thursday, where the crew of the charity ship that rescued them feared legal action as Italy's far-right interior minister tries to stop new arrivals.

Rescued Sea Watch migrants to land in Italy after deal

Rome - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday 47 rescued migrants aboard the German charity Sea Watch vessel could finally disembark after Italy and six other countries agreed to take them in.

Rescued Sea Watch migrants to land in Italy after deal reached: PM

Rome - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday that 47 rescued migrants aboard the Sea Watch NGO vessel could finally disembark after Italy and six other countries agreed to take them in.

German NGO sues Italy at EU rights court over stranded migrants

Berlin - German aid group Sea Watch said Tuesday it has filed a case at the European Human Rights Court against Italy for refusing to allow its ship carrying 47 rescued migrants to dock.

Dutch reject Italian call to take 47 rescued migrants

Den Haag - The Netherlands on Monday refused a request by Italy to take in 47 migrants stuck on board a Dutch-flagged rescue ship that Italian ports have refused to allow to dock.

Italy's Salvini considers legal case against migrant rescue ship

Rome - Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini said Sunday he was considering legal action against the crew of a Dutch-flagged rescue ship as calls grew for 47 migrants to be allowed to land.

Italy's Salvini threatens to sue migant rescuers

Rome - Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini said Sunday he was gathering legal evidence against the crew of a Dutch-flagged rescue ship as calls grew for 47 migrants to be allowed to land.

Child protection agencies urge Italy to let rescued minors land

Rome - Save the Children and other aid agencies on Saturday appealed to Italy to allow minors rescued in the Mediterranean to land, amid the latest diplomatic row over the fate of migrants saved at sea.

UK to help fund French fight against Channel crossings

London - Britain on Thursday promised to pay for the deployment of new surveillance equipment in France to fight illegal cross-Channel migration.

Over 3 years, Denmark seizes 25,000 euros from migrants

Copenhagen - Denmark has seized just over 25,000 euros from migrants arriving in the country in the three years since passing a controversial law allowing for the confiscation of valuables, police said Thursday.

Italy's Salvini warns migrant rescue ship not to approach

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Thursday insisted the country's ports were closed to migrants, as a ship carrying 47 people rescued at sea headed for Sicily in deteriorating weather.

EU says Italy key to anti-smuggling mission's fate

Apo - The fate of the EU naval operation against migrant smuggling in the Mediterranean is in Italy's hands, a senior official said Wednesday, with the mandate to expire in two months.

Scores of migrants feared missing off Libya: IOM

Rome - Scores of migrants were feared missing off the Libyan coast, the IOM said Saturday after the Italian navy flew three survivors to the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa.

Merkel's 'crown princess' seeks to chart own path

Berlin - Dismissed by some as a mini-Angela Merkel, the new leader of Germany's centre-right CDU party and likely next chancellor has marked the turn of the year by underlining a change in tone from her mentor.

Spain stops migrant rescue boat Open Arms from setting sail

Barcelona - Spanish migrant rescue charity Proactiva Open Arms said Monday that the authorities were preventing its ship from setting sail from Barcelona to save migrants."We are blocked in a port once again.

Hungary to release Syrian jailed over 2015 border riot

Budapest - A Syrian man jailed in Hungary for his role in a border riot in 2015 will be released next week, a court said Friday, ending a controversial case that saw Budapest accused of heavy-handedness.

French police comb Channel beaches in search for migrants

Oye-plage - A helicopter swoops over the northern French coast, its spotlight racing across the deserted beach on a freezing January night, looking for migrants who might put out to sea trying to reach nearby England.

Italy far-right minister furious after migrant deal

Rome - Italy's populist coalition has reached agreement on the fate of 10 migrants the country agreed to take from Malta despite the fury of far-right anti-immigrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

French fishing boats targeted as migrants seek way to Britain

Boulogne-sur-mer - Laurent Merlin, a French fisherman who plies the Channel coast from his home port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, is not used to his boat being seen as a catch.But twice within the same week he arrived for work to find his vessel vandalised by would-be thieves.

Stranded migrants disembark in Malta after EU deal reached

Valletta - Nearly 50 migrants stranded at sea for weeks aboard two rescue ships arrived in Malta on Wednesday after the island nation reached a deal with other EU member states, ending a standoff that rights groups branded "shameful".

Malta demands EU solution before migrants disembark

Valletta - Malta is pushing other European countries to take in around 250 migrants currently in its care before it will allow dozens of people stuck on two rescue boats to disembark, a government source said Tuesday.
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Protestors with plastic horns, whistles, and bongos.
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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Protestors at Yarl's Wood detention centre.
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Dozens of migrants feared to have died after falling out of boat in Mediterranean Sea.
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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
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 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 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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Young men, refugees/migrants marching. Not a single woman in the picture...
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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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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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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 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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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)
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
Tunisian refugee in Sicily.
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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
Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
Border patrol agents provide bottled water to unaccompanied migrant children.
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