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Police clear migrant camp outside Paris at high virus risk

Aubervilliers - French police on Wednesday evacuated some 1,500 migrants from a camp north of Paris where crowded living conditions and a lack of water and sanitation exposed them to a high risk of coronavirus infection.

Fruit pickers sweat as virus flares in northern Spain

Fraga - In the verdant orchards of northeastern Spain, Guinean national Said Doumbia is picking nectarines in a job that earns him just 5.25 euros (nearly $6) per hour.

US border patrol agents: part bloodhound, part police, part rescuer

Marfa - It only took a moment for US Border Patrol agents to spot a flash of color in a steep-sided canyon, then to identify a man in a black cap lying on a rock.

Italian doctor fights to shed light on Mediterranean's migrant dead

Paris - For Cristina Cattaneo, the thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe's shores in recent years deserve the same as any other disaster victims: a concerted effort to find out who they were and let their families know the painful truth ab...

Lampedusa mayor slams Rome over migrant boat standoff

Lampedusa - The mayor of Italy's Lampedusa island on Thursday denounced the collapsing government for its failure to deal with migrant rescue boats, as a ship carrying 356 people remained stranded in the Mediterranean.

Migrants in limbo again after landing in Italy

Lampedusa - Dozens of migrants who disembarked on Italy's Lampedusa island were again in limbo Wednesday as a European deal to redistribute them failed to materialise and Madrid said it could hit the Spanish charity with a huge fine for rescuing them.

Reluctant Salvini allows minors to leave Italy migrant ship

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday reluctantly let 27 migrant children rescued at sea disembark from a charity vessel anchored in limbo off Lampedusa island for days.

Italy prosecutors probe Salvini over migrant ship limbo

Rome - Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged kidnapping and abuse of office after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini prevented a charity ship carrying rescued migrants from docking.

'Explosive' situation on migrant rescue boat in limbo off Italy

Rome - The captain of a Spanish charity ship carrying 134 rescued migrants warned Friday of an "explosive" situation on board the vessel anchored within swimming distance of Italy's Lampedusa island but forbidden to approach.

Italy's defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship Open Arms

Rome - Italy's defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome....

Migrant rescue ship heads for Italy after judge overrules Salvini

Rome - Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa on Wednesday with 147 rescued migrants on board after a judge in Rome suspended far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decree banning them from Italy's territorial wat...

As migrants wait in fear, no sign of large-scale US raids

New York - Thousands of undocumented immigrants waited in uncertainty on Sunday, fearful of the nationwide raids promised by President Donald Trump, but there were no immediate signs of any large-scale operations.

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.

Trump offers concessions on immigrants in return for wall funds

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily shield a million immigrants from deportation if Congress authorizes funding for his Mexican border wall -- an idea Democrats rejected, making the US government shutdown likely to continue.

US government shutdown veteran analyzes current crisis

Washington - Patrick Griffin worked in the White House for Democratic president Bill Clinton and participated in negotiations with Republican lawmakers during the 1995 government shutdown -- the longest in recent US history.

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.

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.

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.

Top French court says no punishment for aiding migrants

Paris - France's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that people could not be charged for helping migrants who entered the country illegally, after dozens of people offering aid were prosecuted for what they denounced as "crimes of solidarity".

Foreign activists on trial for helping migrants enter France

Gap - Three days after a Malian migrant was acclaimed as a hero for his daring rescue of a child in Paris, three foreign activists went on trial Thursday in southern France on charges for helping migrants enter the country.

Trio on trial for helping migrants enter France

Gap - Three people appeared in a French court Thursday on charges of illegally assisting a group of migrants trying to cross into the country from Italy, a case that has fuelled protests that prosecutors are punishing a "crime of solidarity".

Italians, Swiss activists held in France for helping migrants

Brian - Four Italians and two Swiss activists were taken into custody in France on Monday for helping a group of migrants cross over from Italy via the Alps, prosecutors said.

French customs check across border irks Italy

Rome - The Italian Foreign Ministry summoned France's ambassador on Saturday, after uniformed French customs officers crossed the border in the Alps to confront a man suspected of carrying drugs.

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