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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.

Roma baby case highlights community's plight in France

Paris - The tragic case of a dead Roma baby refused burial in a Paris suburb has underscored the plight of the community in France, where supporters say they are a scapegoat for the country's ills.

France probes uproar over Roma baby burial

Paris - The French human rights ombudsman launched an investigation Sunday into an uproar over a mayor's alleged refusal -- which he later emphatically denied -- to allow burial of a Roma migrant's baby.

Bayern Munich's Pep Guardiola's attention to detail outwits Roma

Bayern Munich’s 7-1 thrashing of AS Roma was fairly similar to Germany’s semi-final triumph over Brazil at the World Cup. From the personnel, to the score-line, to the pattern of the match, the reigning Bundesliga champions were vastly superior.

Hungarians march to celebrate 'Roma Pride'

Budapest - Hundreds of Hungarians took part in a "Roma Pride" march in Budapest on Sunday to celebrate the country's largest ethnic minority, a community scarred by widespread prejudice.Around 500 people walked through the city centre chanting "Opre Roma!

Outrage in France over vigilante attack on Roma teen

Paris - The brutal beating by vigilantes of a Roma teenager who is now fighting for his life has shocked France, with President Francois Hollande on Tuesday decrying an "unspeakable and unjustifiable" act.

Europe failing to protect Roma from violence: Amnesty

Paris - European states are failing to protect their Roma communities, many of whom live in precarious conditions and are the victims of hate crimes sometimes perpetrated by police, Amnesty International warned Tuesday.

New party tries to woo Hungary's Roma

- With elections looming on April 6, a new party is trying to win over Hungary's largest ethnic minority, the Roma, a community scarred by deep poverty and racism and disillusioned by traditional politics.

Roma's Serie A title challenge over, says Garcia

Milan - Coach Rudi Garcia said Roma's Serie A title challenge is virtually over after a 1-0 defeat to Napoli left his side 14 points adrift of leaders Juventus.Roma have a game in hand after a recent fixture with Parma was rained off.

Another French Roma camp in flames as 8-year-old mourned

Marseille - Fire raged through a Roma camp in Marseille on Sunday, just days after a blaze in a Paris area Roma camp killed an eight-year-old girl.No one was hurt in the fire on Sunday morning, but all 15 makeshift homes near the Marseille port were completely des...

Rise of far-right sparks fear amid Slovak Roma

Brezno - Five little Roma boys braving the February chill in just T-shirts kick around a football in front of a ramshackle building in Brezno, central Slovakia, as their worried parents look on.Dasa Bucekova, a 40-year old mother of two, has had trouble sleepin...

Hollande defends France's controversial Roma eviction policy

Paris - President Francois Hollande on Tuesday defended France's policy of forcibly evicting Roma migrants from temporary camps, after a report said a record number were kicked out of the often squalid settlements last year.

Greece issues appeal over abducted 4-year-old girl in Roma camp

Greece has launched an international appeal to identify a four-year-old girl found at a Roma camp in Farsala. Police have determined the blond, blue-eyed child was abducted in 2009.

Animal welfare group warns tourists puppies used as begging tools

The animal rescue group "Paws and Claws" is warning tourists to the Greek island of Rhodes to stop giving money to beggar children that are using abused and drugged puppies as tools for cash.
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Alina Serban (2nd,L) a young Roma artist poses with other performers during a rehearsal of a play about Roma slavery in Bucharest, Romania
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