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Sea Watch captain Rackete's court hearing postponed in Italy

Rome - The latest court hearing for the captain of migrant rescue ship Sea Watch, Carola Rackete, on charges of people smuggling and resisting the authorities has been postponed until July 18 because of a strike by Italian defence lawyers.

US aid worker who helped migrants faces retrial but offered deal

Los Angeles - An American volunteer who faced 20 years in prison for aiding Central American migrants is set for another trial, but has been offered a sentence of 24 hours already served, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 1mn euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time for forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying she was compelled to avert a human tragedy.

Sea-Watch captain defends 'disobedience' as backers raise 350,000 euros

Rome - Sea-Watch 3 skipper Carola Rackete, who risks jail time after forcing her way into Italy's Lampedusa port with 40 rescued migrants, has defended her act of "disobedience", saying it was necessary to avert a human tragedy.

Captain of Sea-Watch threatens to run Italy 'blockade'

Rome - The captain of the Sea-Watch 3 charity rescue vessel threatened Tuesday to enter Italian waters illegally to bring 42 migrants to shore after they spent 13 days in limbo at sea.

Trading in Venezuela's pain: Border vendors do brisk business in meds

C - With the HIV virus killing him, Giovanni Plaza fled Venezuela and was able in neighboring Colombia to receive desperately needed anti-retroviral medicine for free.

Frustration and sadness as Italy migrant centre closed

Castelnuovo Di Porto - "I found a family here, I worked with the parish priest, I helped with mass, I went to school," said Nigerian Anthony Ehikwe, one of hundreds of migrants being expelled from Italy's second-largest migrant centre.

Bored and stressed, US workers hit by shutdown head back to school

Washington - Hundreds of US federal workers on unpaid leave since the start of the shutdown found themselves back in college Tuesday where they signed up for a diverse range of classes ranging from "Starting a Podcast" to "Dealing with Change.

Deaths highlight children's plight in migrant surge to US

Guatemala City - The death of two Guatemalan children in the United States within weeks of each other has highlighted why there are so many children among Central American migrants heading north: smugglers tell them families have a better chance of being allowed in by ...

Rescue boat set to arrive in Spain with over 300 migrants

San Roque - A Spanish charity rescue boat is due to arrive in a southern Spanish port Friday morning carrying more than 300 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya a week ago.

Lowest number of undocumented migrants in US since 2004: study

Washington - The number of undocumented migrants living in the United States has fallen to 10.7 million, the lowest since 2004, according to a Pew Research Center study, which attributed the decline to a big drop in undocumented Mexicans.

Migrants in Rome squat call for better lodgings

Rome - As political temperatures simmer in Italy over undocumented migrants, a group of mostly Africans squatting in an abandoned penicillin factory on Rome's northeast outskirts on Wednesday demanded more dignified lodgings.

Returning Cubans boost island's real estate market

Havana - In shorts and wearing shoes but no socks, Mauricio Garcia could pass for a tourist as he strolls around Old Havana.

Jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Sentsov on Sakharov Prize short list

Apo - Jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, Russia's most famous prisoner, is among three finalists for this year's prestigious Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament announced Tuesday.

Thousands gather across Europe to back migrant rescue ship

Paris - Thousands of people attended rallies Saturday across Europe to show support for migrant rescue ship Aquarius, stuck in port in the French city of Marseille after Panama revoked its flag.

Nearly 700 migrants rescued off Spain over the weekend

Madrid - A total of 675 migrants, including children and babies, were rescued off the Spanish coast over the weekend, a government spokesman told AFP.

Sweden temporarily halts Uighur deportations to China

Stockholm - Swedish authorities said Monday they had temporarily halted the deportation of Muslim minority Uighurs to China due to concerns over the situation there.

Panama says it will revoke flag from migrant rescue ship

Panama - Panama announced on Saturday it will revoke its flag from the migrant rescue ship Aquarius due to "non-respect" of "international legal procedures" relating to the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean.

Merkel, Macron look to fire up stuttering Franco-German motor

Marseille - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to put aside their domestic woes on Friday and advance their European agenda at a meeting in Marseille.

French police clear 500 migrants from Dunkirk camp

Lille - Police moved in to clear 500 migrants from a camp near the French port city of Dunkirk, along the English Channel where many gather hoping to stow away on trucks or ferries heading to Britain, officials said Thursday.

Thousands protest for and against migrants in tense German town

Chemnitz - Thousands of opponents and supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policy marched Saturday through the eastern city of Chemnitz after a wave of racist violence that followed a knife killing.

Saxony's long history with Germany's far right

Chemnitz - Mobs attacking migrants in Chemnitz this week were the latest, most flagrant demonstration of Saxony's difference from the rest of Germany, spotlighting a state in the formerly communist east that has since the 1990s been a stronghold of the radical fa...

Venezuela claims 'thousands' of migrants want to come home

Caracas - Thousands of Venezuelans are clamoring to return home to recession, hyperinflation and a collapsing economy, President Nicolas Maduro's government claimed on Wednesday as Brazil sends troops to the border with its crisis-ridden neighbor.

UNHCR urges Italy to allow migrants trapped on boat to land

Rome - The United Nations refugee agency called Wednesday on the Italian government to allow 177 migrants trapped on a coastguard vessel near the Sicilian port of Catania to disembark "for humanitarian and medical reasons", adding that there were 34 children ...

Aquarius ship arrives in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Valletta - The Aquarius rescue ship arrived in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.

Aquarius ship to dock in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Paris - The Aquarius was due to dock in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard the rescue ship, which had yet again become stranded in the Mediterranean.

European countries reach deal to share Aquarius migrants

Rome - Five European countries on Tuesday offered to take in the 141 migrants marooned on board the Aquarius rescue vessel after it was given permission to dock in Malta, resolving a new standoff over the charity ship.

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

Marseille - The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people it rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let the vessel dock.

French rescue vessel Aquarius stranded again, seeks port

Marseille - The operators of the migrant ship Aquarius on Monday called on Europe to find a safe haven for 141 people rescued in the Mediterranean, saying Italy and Malta had again refused to let it dock.

Nicaragua repression spurs wave of emigration

- On a rainy morning in Nicaragua's south, two men step out of the jungle and into a boat that will transport them a short distance over the border with Costa Rica, slipping past border guards and police to safety.
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