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Hungarian Roma designer fights stereotypes with fashion

Budapest - Hungarian Roma fashion designer Erika Varga says her label is about stitching together cultural traditions and snipping through stereotypes as much as it's about dressmaking.

How 'white van kidnapper' rumours sparked violence in Paris

Paris - How did an internet hoax about kidnappers driving white vans lead to "collective hysteria" and near-lynchings in the Paris suburbs this week? Experts say it is a combination of old-fashioned prejudice and modern technology.

Roma in France seek protection after attacks sparked by fake news

Paris - Ethnic Roma leaders called for round-the-clock police protection for their communities on Wednesday in Paris after a series of vigilante attacks sparked by false reports of attempted kidnappings.

Roma in France seek protection after attacks sparked by fake news

Paris - Ethnic Roma leaders called for round-the-clock police protection for their communities on Wednesday in Paris after a series of vigilante attacks sparked by false reports of attempted kidnappings.

'Roma' star's unlikely road from mountains of Mexico to Hollywood

Tlaxiaco - Yalitza Aparicio once was a newly qualified pre-school teacher living in a dusty mountain town in Mexico.

Czech Roma respond to president: We do work!

Prague - Members of the Czech Republic's Roma minority on Wednesday flooded social media with photos showing them at work, after President Milos Zeman suggested they were work-shy."It's no longer amusing to hear people say we don't work.

Ukraine's Roma under attack in wave of hate crimes

Lviv - Blood-stained clothes, shoes and kids' toys lie scattered in several old tents where a Roma man was murdered in an attack on a forest camp in western Ukraine last week.

Two Ukraine minors in custody over deadly Roma attack

Lviv - A Ukrainian court has ordered that two minors suspected in a deadly attack on a Roma camp be held in custody for 60 days, officials said Tuesday, as concern grows over a wave of hate crimes.

Italy's Salvini sparks outcry over Roma census plans

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Tuesday defended his plans to count the Roma community living in the country and deport those without legal status, despite outrage at home and abroad."I'm not giving up and I'm pushing ahead!

Italy's Salvini plans census of Roma community

Rome - Italy's far-right anti-immigrant interior minister Matteo Salvini on Monday announced plans to count the Roma community living in the country and deport those without Italian nationality.

Rome goes crazy over miracle comeback against Barca

Rome - Car horns blaring, flags waving, fans singing in the streets and wild cheers pouring from every household, the Italian capital came alive Tuesday night as Roma knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League after a miracle comeback.

Pig farm to be removed from Roma Holocaust site

Prague - A pig farm will be removed from a Holocaust memorial site in the Czech Republic where hundreds of Roma perished in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, a European anti-racism group has announced.

Czech govt buys controversial pig farm at former Nazi camp

Prague - The Czech government on Thursday said it had bought a controversial pig farm located on the site of a former Nazi camp for Roma people, paying millions of euros for the right to shut it down.

From slum-dweller to senator? French Roma woman aims high

L'ile-saint-denis - Anina Ciuciu, a 27-year-old law student who once begged for centimes, is vying to become France's first Roma senator on Sunday.

Czechs strike deal to move pig farm from Roma Holocaust site

Prague - The Czech government said Monday it had struck a deal to move a pig farm from the site of a former Nazi concentration camp where hundreds of Roma perished during World War II.

Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children

Mitrovica - Kosovo's Roma minority "are not treated as humans," laments Florim Masurica, who is seeking justice for his disabled son, one of the children suffering from suspected lead-poisoning contracted at post-war United Nations camps.

Czech leader under fire over pig farm at ex-Nazi camp

Prague - Anti-racism campaigners reacted with indignation Friday after Czech President Milos Zeman said he backed keeping open a pig farm on the site of a former Nazi camp for Roma people.

Activists demand removal of pig farm from Roma Holocaust site

Lety - Anti-racism activists from across Europe on Saturday demanded the removal of a pig farm from a Holocaust memorial site where hundreds of Roma perished in a Nazis concentration camp during World War II.

Roma breaks glass ceiling in Bosnia but challenges remain

Zavidovici - Five years ago a bar owner refused to serve him but today Redzo Seferovic is the first Roma elected to head a municipal council in Bosnia.

Hollande admits France's WWII role in Roma internment

Montreuil-bellay - President Francois Hollande acknowledged Saturday France's "broad responsibility" for the internment of thousands of Roma by the World War II Vichy regime and in the early months of the post-war government.

Romania's 'invisible' Roma battle for identity

- Denisa, Robert and Calin have never celebrated their birthdays: the three children, like thousands of other Romanians, don't have birth certificates, leaving them in an administrative black hole."It's very hard.

Slovakia bans far-right train patrols targeting Roma

Bratislava - The Slovak parliament on Tuesday outlawed vigilante train patrols by a far-right party that had targeted the EU member's large Roma minority.

Czech govt to buy out pig farm on Roma Holocaust site

Prague - The Czech government said Tuesday it was in talks to buy out a pig farm built on the site of a former Nazi concentration camp where hundreds of Roma prisoners died during World War II.

Roma face uncertain future amid Slovakia's nationalist surge

Kosice - His mouth open wide, four-year-old Milos is intent on managing a plate of fish and potatoes using adult-sized cutlery -- a meal all too rare for the many Roma children living in squalor in Slovakia.

Romania turns its back on dark past of Roma slavery

Bucharest - For generations, they were owned by the rich and powerful, who bought and sold them as chattels.

Real's Ronaldo punishes Roma's non-existent defensive structure

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t pleased when questioned about his current goal-scoring form ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League round of 16 clash with AS Roma.

Berlin memorial for Roma victims of Nazis defaced

Berlin - Vandals scrawled Nazi swastikas and the words "gas them" on Germany's memorial to the half million Roma and Sinti murdered by the Nazis, the foundation behind the monument said Thursday.

Pope urges 'fresh start' for Roma, Sinti communities

Vatican City - Pope Francis called Monday for a fresh start for Roma and Sinti communities, telling traveller families from around the world they could break free of prejudice by not falling into crime.

Roma evictions triple in Italy capital for Pope's 'year of mercy'

Rome - Forced evictions of ethnic Roma in the Italian capital have more than tripled since Pope Francis announced a special "year of mercy" which sent the city on a clean-up spree, campaigners said Monday.

Italian right-wing chief sparks anger with bulldozer threat to Roma

Rome - The head of Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League party came under fire Wednesday for saying the country's overcrowded and segregated Roma camps should be bulldozed.
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