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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.

Charity gives Venus de Milo prosthetic arms in French campaign

Paris - A replica of the Venus de Milo, the famous armless Greek goddess statue, was endowed with two prosthetic limbs made by 3D printers for a campaign by Handicap International carried out in Paris on Tuesday.

UN concedes training 'gaps' after DR Congo deaths

New York - The United Nations on Friday conceded that an attack that killed 15 peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo late last year exposed "gaps" in how UN troops are trained.

Two aid workers killed in eastern DR Congo: UN

Kinshasa - Two Congolese aid workers were killed and a third abducted by an unidentified armed group in the troubled North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Nations said Monday.

Hungary unveils tougher proposed 'Stop Soros' laws

Budapest - The Hungarian government unveiled a tougher version of its package of planned laws targeting NGOs funded by the American billionaire George Soros on Tuesday.

Surge in number of victims of anti-personnel mines: NGO

Paris - At least 8,605 people were killed or injured by anti-personnel mines last year, a 150 percent rise in three years, with particularly high casualty figures in Afghanistan and Yemen, the Handicap International charity said Thursday.

Refugees in 'deadlock' on Greek islands as arrivals surge

S - Dozens of tents stud a hillside surrounded by olive trees, while children in flimsy sandals -- the lucky ones wearing socks -- play on mounds of stinking garbage as the sun rises on the Greek island of Samos.

Nobel winners ICAN ramp up Trump criticism

Geneva - Days after calling Donald Trump "a moron", the head of the Nobel Peace Prize winning nuclear disarmament group ICAN warned Friday that reckless leaders with atomic bombs made banning the weapons an immediate priority.

NGO demands Italy release seized migrant rescue boat

Rome - A German NGO whose migrant rescue boat was impounded by Italian authorities on suspicion of collusion with people traffickers said Tuesday it had been the victim of a "despicable smear campaign".

Poland's rightwing government takes control of NGO funding

Varsovia - Poland's parliament voted Friday to create a body to distribute funds to non-governmental organisations, a move slammed by the opposition as a bid by the rightwing government to control NGOs.

Cambodia orders US NGO to close, expels foreign staff

Phnom Penh - Cambodia on Wednesday closed a prominent American NGO and ordered its foreign staff to leave the country, the latest salvo by Prime Minister Hun Sen against perceived critics before a general election next year.

Cambodia orders US NGO to close, expels foreign staff

Phnom Penh - Cambodia on Wednesday closed a prominent American NGO and ordered its foreign staff to leave the country, the latest salvo by Prime Minister Hun Sen against perceived critics before a general election next year.

Tunisian fishermen stall 'racist' anti-migrant ship's progress

Fishermen at a Tunisian port on Sunday prevented a ship carrying far-right anti-immigration activists from docking, dealing a fresh blow to a controversial mission aimed at disrupting the flow of migrant boats from north Africa to Europe.

Anti-migrant boat follows NGO vessel off Libya

A ship carrying far-right campaigners who aim to turn migrant boats back to Africa, was following an NGO rescue vessel on Saturday with an AFP reporter on board in the waters off Libya.

Italy impounds German NGO migrant rescue boat

Rome - Italian authorities on Wednesday impounded a German NGO's migrant rescue boat on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration, police said.

U2 singer Bono talks development aid with French president Macron

Paris - Irish rock star Bono, founder of the ONE campaign against poverty and disease, met on Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who stressed his wish to increase development aid, according to the U2 frontman.

EU takes on Hungary over NGO law seen as targeting Soros

Brussels - The EU launched legal action against Hungary on Thursday over a crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets US billionaire George Soros.

'Are we really the problem?' ask aid groups saving migrants

Rome - Privately-run aid organisations rescuing migrants off Libya have slammed the idea of creating a "code of conduct" for them to follow, saying European ministers tackling the crisis are bungling their response.

Hungary passes tough anti-foreign NGO law

Budapest - Hungary's parliament approved Tuesday a crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups despite an international outcry, in a move seen as targeting US billionaire George Soros.

Seoul approves civilian contact with North Korea

Seoul - South Korea on Friday authorised a civilian NGO to contact the North to discuss resuming humanitarian aid and projects, the first example of new liberal president Moon Jae-In's pursuit of dialogue with Pyongyang.
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Bono at the Annual Meeting 2008 of the World Economic Forum in Davos  Switzerland  January 24  2008
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