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Alan Kurdi rescue ship picks up another 44 migrants off Libya July 9, 2019

Valletta (AFP): The migrant rescue boat Alan Kurdi has saved another 44 people, including women and infants from their stricken vessel in the Mediterranean, its operator German charity Sea-Eye said on Tuesday. Malta has agreed to take in those rescued and is sending a vessel to pick them up, the..

Migrant rescue sailboat defies Salvini, docks in Italy July 6, 2019

MILAN, (AFP): A charity rescue vessel on Saturday brought 41 shipwrecked migrants into port in Lampedusa, the second boat to defy far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's bid to close Italian ports to them. Mediterranea's Italian-flagged Alex arrived in port where a strong police presence was..

Migrant aid ship rams Italian police boat; captain arrested June 30, 2019

By ANNALISA CAMILLI and FRANCES D'EMILIO, LAMPEDUSA, Sicily (AP) — The German captain of a humanitarian rescue ship with 40 migrants aboard has been arrested after she rammed her vessel into an Italian border police motorboat while docking at a tiny Mediterranean island Saturday in defiance of..

Sea-Watch 3 migrant ship enters Lampedusa, captain arrested June 29, 2019

Lampedusa (Italy) (AFP): The Sea-Watch 3 charity ship carrying dozens of migrants rescued off Libya forced its way into the Italian port of Lampedusa on Friday night after a lengthy standoff, the charity said. Sea-Watch spokesman Ruben Neugebauer told AFP the boat's German captain Carola Rackete,..

Mediterranean countries ramp up efforts to find missing migrants June 15, 2019

THE HAGUE, (AFP): Mediterranean countries say they have taken a key step towards finding out the fate of thousands of migrants -- many fleeing Syria's war -- who have gone missing while trying to reach Europe. At a meeting of the International Commission for Missing Persons in The Hague this week,..

Germany, France slam Russia over east Ukraine passport scheme April 25, 2019

BERLIN, (AFP) - Germany and France on Thursday condemned Moscow for making it easier to obtain Russian passports in separatist areas of east Ukraine, saying the move undermined the Minsk peace agreements. "Together with France, we condemn the Russian decree, which would ease the granting of..

Immigration Is Good for Britain, We Just Need Control: British PM May February 25, 2019

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May denied accusations by some in her governing Conservative Party that she had "a problem with immigration", saying on Sunday that while it had been good for Britain, people just wanted more control. Last week, Anna Soubry, a Conservative..

Migrant boat capsize leaves 8 dead, 25 missing off Turkey October 10, 2018

ANKARA, (AFP) - Eight people died and 25 were missing after a boat carrying illegal migrants capsized off Turkey's western shores, the coastguard said on Wednesday. The discovery came after an Iraqi woman in wet clothes and wearing a life jacket sought help in Karaburun district, Izmir province,..

EU security chiefs, Sessions hold stadium terrorism exercise October 9, 2018

By JOHN LEICESTER, LYON, France (AP) — European security chiefs struggled over solutions to the migrant crisis and oversaw a simulated terrorist attack on a stadium Tuesday, with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions looking on. Elite police forces staged the anti-terrorism exercise Tuesday in the..

UK says EU immigrants won’t get priority after Brexit October 2, 2018

By JILL LAWLESS, BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Britain will not offer European Union citizens preferential immigration status after Brexit, the government said Tuesday, announcing a system designed to give migrants with skills the U.K. needs priority over low-skilled migrants. At present, all EU..

Greece to move 2,000 out of overcrowded Lesbos migrant camp September 18, 2018

By ELENA BECATOROS and RAPHAEL KOMINIS, MORIA, Greece (AP) — Some 2,000 asylum-seekers will be moved out of a severely overcrowded migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos this month, a Greek official said Tuesday as charities slammed conditions at the camp, which has raw sewage running out of..

Austria: EU summit focus on Brexit, migration, cool tension September 17, 2018

PARIS (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says Brexit and bridge-building will be center-stage at a two-day European Union summit this week. Kurz met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday, having met the previous day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “We have to..

Sweden faces political deadlock after gains by far-right party September 10, 2018

Niklas Pollard, Simon Johnson, STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden headed for a hung parliament after an election on Sunday that saw support for the nationalist Sweden Democrats surge, as one of Europe’s most liberal nations turned right amid fears over immigration. Far-right parties have made..

Immigration and Welfare Fears Merge as Sweden Lurches to the Right September 5, 2018

KOPPARBERG, Sweden (Reuters) - Those wondering why Swedish politics are set to lurch to the right in Sunday's election need look no further than Ljusnarsberg, a tiny central county of dense pine forests and glistening lakes. Many inhabitants of this once-booming region are uneasy about asylum..

18 injured in German protests for and against migrants September 2, 2018

CHEMNITZ, (AFP) - Eighteen people were injured as the anti-migrant far-right and counter-protesters held opposing rallies in the German city of Chemnitz, which was hit by xenophobic demonstrations last week. Chemnitz has been in the spotlight after violent protests erupted over the fatal stabbing..

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