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Paris, Berlin and Rome to take 194 migrants rescued from Med

Rome - Nearly 200 migrants pulled from the Mediterranean in the last two weeks by two humanitarian rescue boats will be taken in by France, Germany and Italy, in line with a European deal agreed in September.

'Don't open the door': US activists organize to thwart ICE

Though she speaks little English, Yoana was calm when two officers from the US federal agency tasked with deporting undocumented people such as herself appeared outside her apartment.

For rescued migrant, Libya stay was worst ordeal on way to Europe

A young Ivorian mother endured a string of hardships before finally boarding the Ocean Viking rescue ship, but she says she would rather have died at sea than have to return to a Libyan detention centre where beatings were routine.

On-board toys, pregnancy tests await migrant mothers-to-be

The Ocean Viking is bound for the Libyan coast, and beside stocks of medicine and pregnancy kits, on-board midwife Marina is busy painting a turtle on the ship's migrant shelter.

New migrant rescue ship leaves France on first mission off Libya

Marseille - Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee on Sunday dispatched its new rescue ship Ocean Viking from the French port of Marseille on its first mission to save migrants off the coast of Libya.

Swedish teen Thunberg slams 'hate and threats' as visit divides French parliament

Paris - Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday lashed out at the abuse she receives for speaking out over global warming, after a visit to France's parliament provoked a backlash from right-wing deputies.

Swedish teen climate activist's visit divides French parliament

Paris - Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg hit back at critics as she visited the French parliament on Tuesday following outraged comments from some right-wing MPs who have slammed her presence.

SOS Mediterranee relaunches migrant rescue missions off Libya

Paris - Humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee said Sunday it has relaunched rescue efforts off Libya seven months after it abandoned operations using its ship Aquarius and despite a refusal by European ports to accept the migrants.

Amnesty to cull managers after probe into 'toxic' workplace

London - Amnesty International said on Tuesday most of its top leaders would leave the rights group this year after an external audit, prompted by two staff suicides, found a "toxic" working culture.

Facebook shuts dozens of fake-news pages ahead of EU vote: NGO

Paris - Facebook has taken down nearly 80 pages spreading fake news or using tactics that appeared aimed at unfairly influencing the European Parliament vote this weekend, an NGO reported Wednesday.

Nurse kidnapped by IS five years ago may be alive, Red Cross

Geneva - A New Zealand nurse believed abducted with two drivers by Islamic State militants in Syria in 2013 may still be alive, the International Committee of the Red Cross has revealed for the first time in an appeal for news of her whereabouts.

Amnesty calls for Sudan's Bashir to be handed to ICC

London - Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir should be handed over to the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said after the army overthrew his three-decade iron rule on Thursday.

Nearly a quarter of lawmakers worldwide are women: study

Geneva - Nearly a quarter of all lawmakers serving in national parliaments worldwide are women, after more progress towards gender parity was made in 2018, the International Parliamentary Union said Tuesday.

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.

NGOs launch legal action against France over climate

Paris - A group of NGOs including Greenpeace and Oxfam have launched a lawsuit against the French state accusing it of taking insufficient action to tackle climate change.

Nigerian military lifts ban on UNICEF in restive northeast

Abuja - The Nigerian military lifted a ban on UNICEF operations in the ravaged northeast late Friday after earlier suspending the aid agency and accusing it of training "spies" supporting Boko Haram jihadists.

Nigeria's military bans UNICEF over 'spies' training claim

Lagos - Nigeria's military on Friday suspended UNICEF from operating in the country's ravaged northeast over claims it was training "spies" who are supporting Boko Haram jihadists.

MSF wants new flag for migrant rescue ship Aquarius

Rome - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Thursday launched an appeal to world governments to give migrant rescue boat Aquarius a flag after Panama removed it from its register, preventing it working legally.

Migrant rescue ship Aquarius to resume operations: NGO

Marseille - The French NGO operating the rescue ship Aquarius, which precipitated a European political crisis in June after both Italy and Malta blocked it from docking with 630 migrants aboard, said Tuesday it would return to sea.

MSF says migration deal will 'block people' at Europe's doorstep

Geneva - The Medecins Sans Frontieres charity on Friday denounced a new EU deal on migration, saying it appeared to be aimed at blocking even the most vulnerable people outside of the bloc.

Italy doubles down on anti-migrant stance ahead of EU summit

Rome - Italy doubled down Friday on its new tough stance against migrants, insisting it could not take "one more" refugee and warned the migration crisis could put the bloc's survival at stake.

Italy says it will seize two NGO migrant rescue ships

Rome - Italy said on Thursday that it would seize two rescue migrant ships, one of which is stranded in the Mediterranean carrying over 200 migrants, adding that they were "illegally" flying the Dutch flag.

Hungary adopts law penalising migrant aid groups

Budapest - Hungary's parliament adopted Wednesday a controversial package of laws penalising NGOs that help migrants, a key proposal of the firebrand nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary adopts law penalising migrant aid groups

Budapest - Hungary's parliament adopted Wednesday a controversial package of laws penalising NGOs that help migrants, a key proposal of the firebrand nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Hungary moves to jail NGOs for aiding migration

Budapest - NGO workers in Hungary could soon face prison after Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government tabled what it calls the "Stop Soros" laws to parliament Tuesday, targeting "organisers of illegal migration".

1 mln people enter Colombia amid Venezuela crisis: Red Cross

Geneva - At least one million people have entered Colombia from Venezuela since President Nicolas Maduro's government descended into crisis last year, a senior Red Cross official told AFP Wednesday.

Libyan coastguard prevents NGO boat from rescuing migrants: AFP

The Libyan coastguard on Sunday prevented a rescue ship belonging to two NGOs from approaching a boat in distress carrying migrants, an AFP photographer witnessed.

Hungary's NGOs fear for future under Orban

Mecsekalja - Zoltan Mester's charity was all set to begin work helping sick children, old people and local communities in poverty-stricken southern Hungary, aided by 415,500 euros ($515,400) from George Soros.

Oxfam faces fresh Haiti sexual misconduct allegations

London - Oxfam faced fresh allegations of sexual misconduct by staff in Haiti, with a report on Saturday claiming the charity kept a senior aid worker in the earthquake-hit country for over a year despite harassment claims.

Bono sorry after bullying claims at ONE charity

London - U2 frontman Bono has apologised after claims emerged Sunday that workers at his ONE charity were subjected to a culture of abuse and bullying.
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