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Naming the Nameless: Experts Struggle to Identify Drowned Migrants

By Isla Binnie and Michele Kambas ROME/ATHENS, Aug 17 – Mose tapped the screen of his mobile phone to zoom in on a photograph of his wife, Yordanos, pointing to a mole under her eyebrow. “She has a recognisable mark here,” the 26-year-old Eritrean said in a park in Rome; after fleeing compulsory military service

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3,000 Migrants Rescued off Italian Coast; Two Bodies Found

By Steve Scherer ROME, June 9 – More than 3,000 boat migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean over the past two days and two bodies have been recovered, Italy’s coastguard said on Thursday. The coastguard coordinated rescues of migrants from 15 different boats on Thursday, bringing 1,950 people to safety. Two bodies were recovered

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Suspected Human Trafficking Kingpin Extradited from Sudan to Italy

By Wladimir Pantaleone PALERMO, Italy, June 8 – An Eritrean man suspected of running a human trafficking network that sent thousands of migrants to Europe, leaving many to die on the way, was extradited from Sudan to Italy overnight, officials said. Medhane Yehdego Mered, 35, was flown to Italy during the night after his arrest

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Migrants Freed from Greek Detention, Trapped in Limbo on Islands

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, May 9 – Migrants and refugees are being freed from detention centres in Greece but remain trapped on its islands until their asylum requests are processed, exposing them to dire living conditions and even the risk of people smugglers, human rights groups say. At least 1,100 people have been released from

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Far-Right Crimes Rise Sharply in Austria Amid Migrant Crisis

VIENNA, May 2 – Austria saw a sharp increase last year in the number of incidents involving xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-semitism, a report showed on Monday, following the arrival of large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants and refugees. Authorities pressed charges in about 1,690 cases related to right-wing extremism in 2015, the highest number to

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NATO Says Migrant Numbers in Aegean Falling, Warns Routes Could Change

By Dasha Afanasieva and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, April 21 – The number of migrants and refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Europe is falling significantly but people smugglers can rapidly change routes and authorities must not reduce their security efforts prematurely, the head of NATO said on Thursday. Speaking in the Turkish capital,

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Pope Francis to Visit Greek Migrant Island of Lesvos on April 16

VATICAN CITY, April 7 – Pope Francis will make a lightning trip to the Greek island of Lesvos on April 16, the Vatican said on Thursday, in a visit aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the front line of Europe’s migrant crisis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees, many fleeing the war in Syria,

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Turkey Finds Bodies of 27 Migrants on Aegean Coast

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Jan 5 – Turkish authorities said they found the bodies of 27 migrants, at least three of them children, at two separate locations on the Aegean coast on Tuesday after a migrant boat apparently capsized as it tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The flow of mostly Syrian refugees

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German Interior Minister Calls for European Refugee Cap

VIENNA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Europe should set a limit on the number of refugees it takes in and seek out those most clearly entitled to protection, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said in an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Standard. In remarks published a day after Chancellor Angela Merkel, a fellow conservative, pledged

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