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Brussels pushes tougher asylum rules to win backing for reform

Apo - The European Commission on Wednesday proposed tougher border controls and streamlined procedures for expelling rejected asylum seekers as its migration reform plan was criticised as a climbdown to appease anti-immigrant member states.

Five key moments in 2015 migrant crisis

Paris - A dramatic shipwreck in the Mediterranean, a child's lifeless body on a beach, the shilly-shallying of politicians, borders opening and shutting -- these are some of the enduring images of Europe's 2015 migrant crisis.

'I'm going to jump': tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

The young Sudanese man cast off his T-shirt and cried desperately out to sea: "I swear to you, I'm going to jump. I don't know how to swim but I can't stay here anymore!

Ocean Viking rescue offers second life for Pakistani 'slaves'

Leaning on the aft deck of the Ocean Viking, the humanitarian ship that picked them up in the Mediterranean on Thursday, a group of Pakistanis look back to watch the Libyan coast receding behind them.

In Minneapolis, African refugees see American dream in tatters

Minneapolis - African refugees living in Minneapolis were already struggling with their "American dream" when George Floyd died in police custody.

In Greek migrant camp, women endure hardship and fear

Ch - Mired in the mud, living under a plastic tarpaulin next to overflowing bins, 18-year-old Afghan Merziyeh Eskandari knows she faces another hard day in the migrant camp on the Greek island of Chios.

Greek police fire teargas as child migrants protest conditions in camps

Thessalon - Greek police fired tear gas at hundreds of children who protested in a packed migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday, the state news agency ANA reported.

Hundreds of migrants moved from 'hell' of overcrowded Greek island

M - Greek officials and UN workers evacuated the first group of what will be hundreds of migrants from the Greek island of Lesbos on Monday, where overcrowding and sweltering heat have made conditions unbearable.

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...

China may halt French police cooperation over Interpol case: source

Paris - Chinese officials are threatening to stop all police cooperation with France after it gave political asylum to the wife of the former Interpol chief, a Chinese national now languishing in prison on charges of bribery, a French source close to the matte...

Portland, Maine: an unlikely lure for weary migrants

Portland - Converging from far-flung corners of the earth, and operating by word of mouth and social media, hundreds of African migrants have turned Portland, Maine -- population, 67,000 -- into an unlikely sanctuary.

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.

French anti-migrant group to face trial over border 'patrols'

Gap - A French anti-migrant group and three of its members will stand trial next month over blockades set up in the Alps to stop migrants crossing over the border from Italy, prosecutors said Monday.

Fear and trauma haunt Congolese massacre survivors

Kindu - Wounded in the head and chest and with her children in tow, Miniunga Bonkita fled to the haven of an island in the Congo River, a sliver of land between two nations."I stumbled across the assailants as I was returning home," the young mother told AFP.

Federal judge deals setback to Trump's asylum restrictions

Washington - A US federal judge dealt a new setback to President Donald Trump's anti-immigration efforts Wednesday, declaring unlawful a decision to block domestic and gang violence victims from seeking asylum.

Thousands gather across Europe to back migrant rescue ship

Paris - Thousands of people attended rallies Saturday across Europe to show support for migrant rescue ship Aquarius, stuck in port in the French city of Marseille after Panama revoked its flag.

Jordan to host fundraiser at UN for Palestinian refugee agency

Apo - Jordan will host a fundraiser at the United Nations headquarters in New York next month to keep the agency for Palestinian refugees afloat, the kingdom's top diplomat said Thursday.

Aquarius ship arrives in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Valletta - The Aquarius rescue ship arrived in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.

Aquarius ship to dock in Malta after migrant-sharing deal

Paris - The Aquarius was due to dock in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard the rescue ship, which had yet again become stranded in the Mediterranean.

Nothing will stop Aquarius migrant rescues, French NGO says

Marseille - The French NGO that was at the heart of a major European diplomatic row over migration said Wednesday that nothing would stop it from rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean as its ship prepared to resume its mission off the Libyan coast.

France holds five migrants who rode Britain-bound 'solidarity' bus

Calais - French police on Sunday detained five of some two dozen migrants who took part in a "solidarity march" staged by rights activists who had set off from southern France headed for Britain in late April.

From Darfur to Agadez: Sudan refugees' endless quest for safety

Agadez - "We are traumatised, exhausted, and we still have no glimmer of hope," says Mohamed, a Sudanese refugee slumped on a mat at a UN transit centre in Agadez, Niger's renowned "gateway to the Sahara".

France, Italy deflect blame for migrant row to rescue charities

Paris - How to save lives without becoming "taxi services" for people smugglers? Charity-run rescue boats operating in the Mediterranean face a dilemma and their activity is being increasingly criticised by politicians in Europe.

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".

Lagerfeld may drop German citizenship over migrant welcome

Paris - Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who has made no secret of his disdain for Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to allow some one million migrants into Germany, has said he might have to renounce his German citizenship over the issue.

France immigration bill sows seeds of dissent in Macron party

Paris - The French parliament votes Friday on a tough immigration bill that has sparked rumblings of revolt within President Emmanuel Macron's party, with several MPs openly challenging his plans to speed up deportations of failed asylum-seekers.

Europe to extend qualifications 'passports' for refugees

Atenas - A Council of Europe project to help refugees to have their qualifications recognised abroad was extended to include more countries on Wednesday.

Syrian refugee sets himself ablaze at UN office in Lebanon

Tripoli - A Syrian refugee in Lebanon set himself on fire Wednesday outside a UN office in desperation at aid getting cut off to his family, suffering serious burns.

Turkey rages after 'coup' officer granted asylum in Greece

Atenas - The Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday slammed a decision in Greece to grant asylum to a Turkish helicopter co-pilot, who fled the country after last year's failed coup, as "politically motivated" and warned of a negative impact on bilateral relation...

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