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'Twelve Apostles' help migrants cross Mexico

C - It is pouring rain, but Norma Romero is standing by the train tracks as she does every night, ready to hand food to migrants crossing Mexico on the freight train known as "The Beast.

A day in the life of seven migrants crossing Mexico

C - From the southern border with Guatemala to the northern border with the United States, AFP spent 24 hours traveling with migrants who are crossing Mexico to chase their American dreams.Here are seven of their stories.

Afghans return home in record numbers as Iran currency plunges

Herat - Migrant workers squeezed into battered taxis pull into the Four Seasons of Freedom hotel in western Afghanistan, part of a wave of Afghans forced to leave Iran after a currency implosion wiped out their earnings.

Russia stops Pussy Riot member leaving country

Moscow - Russian security services on Wednesday prevented Maria Alyokhina of punk protest group Pussy Riot from flying out of the country to perform at a top arts festival, she said.

Brazil closes border to Venezuelans after mass crossings: official

S - Brazil closed its northern border to Venezuelans on Monday to slow mass migration from the South American country saddled with a crippling political and economic crisis, police said.

Cuba plans to consult expatriates on new constitution

Havana - Cuba plans to let its 1.4 million expatriate citizens contribute to its new constitution, the first time emigrants will have a say in the island's affairs since the 1959 revolution.

NGO ship with 87 migrants stranded at sea as Italy ports closed

Rome - A Spanish NGO ship which rescued 87 migrants off the coast of Libya two days ago was still looking on Friday to dock at a port, with Italy closed to them, the group Proactiva Open Arms said.

France adopts law on asylum, immigration

Paris - France's parliament Wednesday signed into law a controversial asylum and immigration bill -- despite opposition on the left which decried an effort to limit arrivals while the far right saw the measure as not going far enough.

Over 1,200 migrants rescued off Spanish coast in two days

Madrid - Spain said Saturday it had rescued more than 1,200 migrants from the sea in two days as the country's interior minister called for a European-wide solution to illegal immigration.

Transgender Syrian Katia finds refuge in Berlin

Berlin - Gay Pride in Berlin welcomed thousands of people on Saturday, among them a Syrian transgender refugee, Katia, who now calls the famously open-minded city a safe haven.

Energy, EU on the agenda as Macron heads to Spain and Portugal

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron makes his first visit as president to Spain and Portugal, starting Thursday, in his push to overhaul the EU, with the two southern allies seeking French help to connect their energy grids to Europe.

Swede's stunt to save Afghan from deportation goes viral

Stockholm - A video taken by a Swedish student who filmed herself stopping the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker onboard a plane has gone viral.

Historic Chinese town resists eviction for theme park

Chikan - A year ago, customers queued round the block for Wu Ying's red bean and coconut ice puddings, but now the 60-year-old has to vault a barricade to reach her dessert shop.

Children of undocumented Mexicans retrace parents' steps in reverse

Teopantl - They know the skyscrapers of Manhattan better than this small village in rural Mexico, but these 18 children are here to meet their extended families and learn about the world their parents left behind.

Hope, love and values: 110 years of Japanese migration to Brazil

S - As eight-year-old Eiki Shimabukuro left Japan in 1959 with his parents and five siblings for the two-month sea voyage to Brazil, passengers were given ribbons linking them to those who stayed behind.

Hungary follows US to pull out of UN migration pact

Budapest - Hungary said Wednesday it was withdrawing from a UN pact on migration, saying that the global deal encourages movements of people which are "dangerous for the world".

UN backs migration pact despite opposition from US, Hungary

New York - Despite a boycott from the United States, UN member states on Friday backed a global pact on migration, pledging to boost cooperation in addressing the world's growing flows of migrants.

Honduras identifies 313 children separated from families in US

Tegucigalpa - A total of 313 Honduran children separated from their parents as a result of the United States' "zero tolerance" immigration police have been identified by Honduran consular staff, an official said on Thursday.

No firm EU agreement on Austrian proposals for reducing migration

Innsbruck - Austria used the first meeting of EU interior ministers under its presidency of the bloc to advance its tough proposals on the issue, but without reaching firm agreement on its most radical proposals.

Afghan deported from Germany commits suicide in Kabul hotel

Kabul - An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide, officials said Wednesday.

Yemeni asylum-seekers spark backlash in South Korea

Jeju - A few hundred asylum-seekers from Yemen have sparked an unprecedented wave of xenophobia in ethnically homogenous South Korea, echoing the anti-immigrant sentiment that has swept Europe and helped propel Donald Trump to the White House.

Austria to propose moving asylum requests outside EU

Vienna - Austria's hardline interior minister Herbert Kickl said Tuesday he would push to change the EU's migration policy so it is no longer possible to make asylum requests on European soil.

EU parliament head in Libya urges trafficker 'blacklist'

Tripoli - European Parliament chief Antonio Tajani in Libya Monday called for a "blacklist" of people smugglers to be set up to help stem the flow of migrants from Africa to Europe.

Bosnia unwilling to play EU's migration border guard

Sarajevo - As EU states look to stem migrant flows to the continent, aspiring European Union member Bosnia is caught in the middle, with thousands of immigrants stuck in the impoverished Balkan country.

Woman who scaled Statue of Liberty to protest immigration policy arrested

New York - A woman was arrested Wednesday after staging a dramatic protest against President Donald Trump's separation of migrant families, climbing the Statue of Liberty and forcing its evacuation on Independence Day.

Inequality drives migration crisis for Haiti, Dominican Republic

Dajab - Chaos reigns at the Ouanaminthe bridge that separates Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where haphazard checks by border agents and the sight of people avoiding the gate by crossing a river instead are symptomatic of a growing migration crisis.

Mexico's 'AMLO' offers migration cuts in Trump call

Mexico - Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday he had spoken with President Donald Trump on the phone and offered to reduce US-bound migration in exchange for American assistance.

In World Cup's shadow, Rohingya find freedom on pitch

Kuala Lumpur - They may lack the glitz and glamour of the World Cup, but football clubs for stateless Rohingya refugees in Malaysia offer something more -- a 90-minute reprieve from a grinding existence on the fringes of society.

Austria's right-wing 'rock star' Kurz at the helm of EU politics

Vienna - Feted as a "rock star" by an American ambassador and courted by Angela Merkel's right-wing critics: it's a dream start for Austria's youthful Chancellor Sebastian Kurz as his country takes over the EU's rotating presidency.

Hardline eastern EU members crow victory over migrant deal

Warsaw - Four eastern EU states which have all taken a tough anti-migrant stance crowed victory on Friday over a controversial deal dropping the bloc's mandatory quota system in favour of measures designed to stem the influx of asylum seekers.
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