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Pope urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Sunday urged world leaders to try again to bring peace to Libya and in Syria where millions of refugees and people displaced by conflict should be helped to return home.

350 migrants force their way into into Mexico as new caravan arrives

Gutierrez - A group of 350 Central American migrants forced their way into Mexico Friday, authorities said, as a new caravan of around 2,500 people arrived -- news sure to draw the attention of US President Donald Trump.

UN calls for aid to migrants trapped in Libya

Geneva - The United Nations issued an urgent call Friday for the "immediate release" and evacuation of refugees and migrants snared in the Libyan conflict.

Pro-migrant Italian mayor charged with setting up fake marriages

Rome - A high-profile pro-migrant mayor in populist-ruled Italy was ordered Thursday to face court over charges he set up fake marriages to help foreign women stay in the country after their asylum applications were rejected.

Mexican authorities rescue 143 kidnapped Hondurans: official

Mexico - Mexican authorities rescued a group of 143 Honduran migrants, including 71 minors, who had been kidnapped in the violence-prone southern state of Veracruz, officials said on Wednesday.

Brexit chaos stirs fears for Bulgaria farm workers

Brashten - The 960 inhabitants of the Bulgarian village of Brashten, nestled in the hills and forests on the Greek border, don't normally pay much heed to international politics.

US judge blocks Trump policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico

Los Angeles - A US federal judge on Monday blocked President Donald Trump's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico to wait out the processing of their cases, saying the Department of Homeland Security had overstepped its authority.

Fresh tensions at migrant camp in northern Greece

Diavat - New tensions erupted on Saturday outside a migrant camp in northern Greece between migrants and Greek police who prevented them from advancing towards the border with North Macedonia.

Climate change is fueling the US-Mexico border crisis

Severe weather and wildfires are dramatic events connected to global warming but immigration will soon rise to the top of the list of trends that world leaders will be forced to address by finding more sustainable solutions.

Migrants end Athens rail station sit-in as camp protest stiffens

Atenas - Asylum-seekers on Friday ended their occupation of the main Athens railway station as a protest demanding access to the border and passage to other EU states picked up steam in northern Greece.

Italy's Salvini vows to turn away German migrant rescue ship

Paris - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday that he had told Germany to deal with a ship run by a German charity carrying dozens of migrants picked up in the Mediterranean, while denouncing the work of NGOs in the region.

Closing border 'not good for anyone': Mexican president

Mexico - Closing the US-Mexican border would "not be good for anyone," Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez warned Wednesday, as his American counterpart, Donald Trump, kept up his threats to do just that.

Three African migrants charged in Malta over oil tanker hijacking

Valletta - Maltese authorities charged three young African migrants on Saturday with committing an act of terrorism for hijacking a vessel that rescued them off the coast of Libya.

School bus hijack children to get Italian nationality

Rome - Foreign children on the school bus hijacked near Milan last week are to be awarded Italian nationality, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday after a week-long debate.

School bus hijack children to get Italian nationality

Rome - Foreign children on the school bus hijacked near Milan last week are to be awarded Italian nationality, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday after a week-long debate.

Lebanon sees eastern EU refugee hardline as model to follow

Prague - Lebanon said on Wednesday it wanted to follow the example of eastern EU states that have largely rejected refuging its own refugee crisis as a way of resolvs.

Spain launches plan to entice back workers who left during crisis

Madrid - Spain's Socialist cabinet on Friday approved a plan to persuade some of the roughly one million workers who left the country during its 2008-2013 economic slump to return home.

Italy bus hijacker wanted kids as human shields for Africa escape: reports

Rome - The driver of a school bus who torched the vehicle to protest Mediterranean migrant deaths planned to use his young passengers as human shields and escape to Africa, Italian media on Friday quoted him as saying.

'Seconds from death': Italy hijack survivors recount ordeal

Crema - "He let us on to the bus and immediately barricaded us in," a teaching assistant said, recounting how the school bus hijacking in Italy unfolded before 51 children escaped as the driver torched the vehicle.

Italy in shock after school bus hijack inferno

Crema - Italy was in shock Thursday after the dramatic rescue of 51 children taken hostage by their school bus driver who torched the vehicle in protest at Mediterranean migrant deaths.

Italy's Senate blocks Salvini migrant trial

Rome - Italy's Senate voted Wednesday to block the trial of far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for allegedly illegally confining migrants rescued at sea by an Italian coastguard ship last year.

Mexico lashes out as US extends policy of returning asylum-seekers

Mexico - The United States plans to extend its policy of returning asylum-seeking migrants back over the southern border to await their court hearings, triggering backlash from Mexico over the "unilateral measure.

19 migrants kidnapped from bus in Mexico: president

Mexico - Nineteen passengers who were kidnapped from a bus last week in northern Mexico were migrants, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday, as investigators worked through the murky details of the case.

Enough is enough for Venezuelan after blackout store robbery

Caracas - After thieves took advantage of a power cut to loot her store, Margarita Jardin has decided enough is enough: she wants to leave Venezuela."I've told my husband that I've decided to leave.

Over 5 million people could flee Venezuela by year's end: study

Washington - The crisis in Venezuela could have displaced more than five million people by the end of this year if there is no letup in the country's crisis, a report said Friday, comparing the flow with that of Afghanistan and Syria.

Bosnia braces for new 'surge' of migrants on Balkan route

Sarajevo - Bosnia is expecting an "escalation" of EU-bound migrants passing through its country in 2019, Bosnia's security minister told AFP, saying the European Union had failed to solve a brewing crisis.

US created database of reporters covering migrant caravan: report

Washington - US authorities created a secret database of journalists and activists linked to a caravan of Central Americans who tried to enter the US last year from Mexico, NBC reported.

Venezuela boat migrants float in Curacao asylum limbo

Colon - Just 60 miles across the water from Aron's town lay a quiet island of white beaches and palm trees: a paradise compared to his violent and impoverished homeland of Venezuela.But the island of Curacao did not want him.

Colombia says 326 Venezuelan army deserters since Saturday

C - A total of 326 members of Venezuela's armed forces have deserted embattled President Nicolas Maduro and crossed the border into Colombia since Saturday, Bogota's migration service said Tuesday.

2.7 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015: UN

Geneva - An estimated 2.7 million people have left Venezuela since 2015, the UN said Friday, warning that the exodus amid a devastating political and economic crisis looked set to continue "unabated.
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Blacktip shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
Blacktip shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
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False Pass  Alaska is also the name given the Isanoyski Strait that gray whales will sometimes use o...
False Pass, Alaska is also the name given the Isanoyski Strait that gray whales will sometimes use on their journey to the Bering Sea. Here many fall prey to Killer whales.
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The western North American population of monarch butterflies migrates to Southern California. Here we see some monarchs On a Eucalyptus branch at Sweet Springs in Baywood-Los Osos. Located near Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County, central California.
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Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
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A Tumstone at the edge of a snow patch.
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Migration out of Africa
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Various views of the Manot 1 partial calvaria.
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Millions of hermit crabs descend on a beach on St. John Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Millions of hermit crabs descend on a beach on St. John Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Lions, hyenas and crocodiles lie in wait along the path of the great migration.
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Wildebeest, zebras and other mammals crossing the Mara River do so even with the danger of crocodiles.
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North American Indian migration into North Dakota
North American Indian migration into North Dakota
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This baby zebra, born right before the herd started crossing the Mara River, didn't make it.
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Sandfill cranes in the Platte River valley in Nebraska  March 7  2007.
Sandfill cranes in the Platte River valley in Nebraska, March 7, 2007.
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The gray whale
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White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada's Bylot Island.
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The Red Knot, Calidris canutus, makes a yearly journey from southern Argentina to the Canadian Arctic in the spring.
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Map of human migration out of Africa
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