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Migrants test positive for coronavirus after arriving in Italy

Rome - Eight migrants who disembarked in Sicily this week after being rescued in the Mediterranean by a charity boat are in quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus, the group Mediterranea said.

Death and despair: Rescued Rohingya describe high-seas terror

Lhokseumawe - A group of Rohingya say they were beaten by traffickers and drank their own urine to stay alive on a perilous four-month journey at sea until their dramatic rescue near the Indonesian coast.

Stranded Rohingya pulled to shore by sympathetic Indonesians

Lhokseumawe - Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore Thursday by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears.

Virus heats up migrant rescues in Mediterranean

The blazing heat of the sun hitting the Mediterranean Sea makes it an exhausting task to pull stranded migrants on to rescue ships.

New Zealand to change border rules after 'Avatar' row

Wellington - New Zealand will ease its coronavirus border controls, the government said Friday, after a decision to let Hollywood director James Cameron into the country to film an "Avatar" sequel prompted anger over double standards.

Tents and razor wire: Cyprus struggles with migrant influx

Kokkinotrimithia - In the thick of the coronavirus lockdown in Cyprus, authorities gave a group of asylum seekers a stark choice: move to an overcrowded camp or go home.

Special trains for 3.6m Indian workers stranded in lockdown

New Delhi - India will organise special trains to get at least 3.6 million migrant workers stranded by the pandemic lockdown back home, authorities said Saturday as fresh coronavirus cases in the country hit a new daily high.

Guatemala blasts Trump over virus-infected migrant deportations

Guatemala City - Guatemala blasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday over US deportations of migrants infected with coronavirus.

Fears mount over migrants dying 'out of sight' in Mediterranean

Paris - More and more migrants are crossing, Europe is closing its ports and no humanitarian ships are carrying out rescues. As the coronavirus pandemic dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked "tragedy".

Trafficking, shipwrecks blight Trinidad-bound Venezuelans

- Ana Arias breaks down in tears when she cooks chicken soup. It was her 15-year-old daughter's favorite dish.

Central Asian migrants squeezed by Russia's virus lockdown

Dushanbe - At an odd jobs market in the capital of Tajikistan, the crowds of desperate men hoping to land work are growing.

Fleeing pandemic, many Venezuelan migrants head home

Cali - For the second time in less than a year, Jesus Pena is on the run. The first time, he was fleeing poverty in his native Venezuela. Now, he's heading back to his crisis-stricken home to escape the death spread by the novel coronavirus.

Malaysia arrests Rohingya in trafficking crackdown

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has arrested two Rohingya for alleged human-trafficking, authorities said Tuesday, as they ramp up efforts to stop members of the Muslim minority coming to the country amid coronavirus fears.

Singapore moves migrant workers out of dorms after surge in virus cases

Fpo - Thousands of migrant workers are being moved out of crowded dormitories in Singapore after a surge in new coronavirus cases linked to the sites, authorities said Thursday.

NGO restarts Mediterranean migrant rescues despite virus fears

Berlin - The Alan Kurdi migrant rescue boat is heading back out into the Mediterranean after a two-month break despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to the German organisation that operates it.

Stranded by virus lockdown, India migrant workers walk home

New Delhi - With India locked down over the coronavirus and no way to earn money, Dilipji Thakor faces a grim choice: either walk home or die hungry.

Oxfam urges EU action on Greek migrant rights 'violations'

Athens - Oxafm on Thursday urged the European Commission to sanction Greece for what it termed violations of migrants' rights after the government voted to suspend asylum procedures for one month owing to the coronavirus.

Canada objects to US plan to post troops at border

Ottawa - Canada opposes a plan by the United States to send troops to its northern frontier to catch border jumpers who may be carrying COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

Sealed borders leave migrants stranded in Moscow's airports

Moscow - For the past six days, Ayomuddin Kamolov has slept on the tiled floor of a Moscow airport, hoping to get a flight to his native Tajikistan.

Citizen patrols ward off 'invasion' on Greek-Turkish border

Talatpasa - It's nightfall in Poros, a small village in northeastern Greece. Tractors lie idle and the streets virtually deserted.

Greece tries to halt thousands of migrants, sparking UN rebuke

Talatpasa - Greece struggled on Monday to stop a growing throng of migrants from crossing its border with Turkey, as the UN urged Greece to honour its commitments under international law.

Police fire tear gas at migrants in Greece

Police fired tear gas at protesting migants on Monday on Lesbos, a Greek island on the frontline of the migrant crisis, an AFP photographer said.

Greece blocks nearly 10,000 migrants at Turkey border

Talatpasa - Greece has blocked nearly 10,000 migrants trying to enter from the Turkey border over the past 24 hours, a Greek government source said Sunday.

Hopelessness among migrants stuck on Turkey-Greece border

Ipsala - Stuck just metres away from Greece, there is growing despair among migrants who believed they were just days away from a new life in Europe after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "opened the doors" to the continent.

Police clash with French islanders fearing coronavirus among tourists

La Providence - Police used tear gas on protesting residents of France's Indian Ocean territory Reunion Island on Sunday who tried to block passengers of a cruise ship turned away from nearby Madagascar for fear there may be people infected with the coronavirus on boa...

Greeks fear 'invasion' of migrants across Turkish border

Talatpasa - Greece was on a state of alert Sunday as it faced an influx of thousands of migrants seeking to cross the border from Turkey, with locals fearing a new immigration crisis.

Turkey shoots down two Syria warplanes in escalating offensive

Ankara - Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes on Sunday in an escalating offensive against the Damascus regime as Ankara pressured Europe over the conflict by opening its border for migrants to cross into the continent.

Samos villagers up in arms over new refugee camp plan

S - For many of those who live on the Greek Aegean island of Samos it is absolutely clear -- they want no more refugees, no new camps and to be left alone as they were before the migrant crisis broke in 2015.

On Greek mainland, locals stonewall migrant relocations

"We will not accept a single illegal coloniser," reads a banner in the small village of Makrygialos.The village is one of many areas in mainland Greece where the government is locked in a tug of war with local communities over the housing of migrants.

Greek asylum to refugees 'not indefinite' and reversible: minister

Athens - Greece will only grant refugee protection for three years as it struggles to integrate foreigners, the conservative government's migration minister Notis Mitarachi said in remarks published Sunday.
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