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Italy Convicts Tunisian over Sinking that Killed Almost 700 Migrants

By Antonio Parrinello CATANIA, Sicily, Dec 13 – A Tunisian man accused of being the captain of a migrant boat that sank killing almost 700 people was found guilty of multiple manslaughter and people-smuggling on Tuesday and sentenced to 18 years in jail. Only 28 people survived the disaster in April last year, when the

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Italy Convicts Tunisian Over Sinking that Killed Almost 700 Migrants

CATANIA, Sicily, Dec 13 – A Tunisian man accused of captaining a migrant boat that sank in 2015 killing almost 700 people was found guilty of multiple manslaughter on Tuesday by an Italian court and sentenced to 18 years in jail. Mohammed Ali Malek, 28, had denied being the boat’s captain, saying he had paid

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Greek, British Police Smash Gang Supplying Forged Passports to Migrants

ATHENS, Dec 12 – Greek and British police said on Monday they had broken up a criminal network that supplied forged travel documents to hundreds of illegal migrants trying to reach Britain and northern European countries. The gang supplied more than a thousand lost or stolen passports and travel documents that were procured from accomplices

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Germans See Refugees as Biggest Problem Despite Falling Numbers

By Michelle Martin and Thorsten Severin BERLIN, Dec 9 – More than half of Germans see refugees and integration as Germany’s biggest problem, a survey showed on Friday, despite the number of newcomers falling significantly on the year. A record 890,000 mainly Muslim migrants from the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere arrived in Europe’s largest

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Algeria Deports Hundreds of West African Migrants to Niger

DAKAR, Dec 9 – Algerian authorities have deported hundreds of West African migrants to Niger this week, trucking them thousands of miles across the desert in one of the biggest roundups seen this year, according to officials and human rights groups. Algeria has often sent migrants back to Niger since 2014 as the number of

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500 Migrants Drowned At Sea, No One Investigated

By Stephen Grey and Amina Ismail ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Dec 6  – At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, a large blue fishing boat carrying hundreds of African migrants and their children capsized just off the coast of Egypt. Some drowned quickly. Others thrashed in the water, yelling for help in Arabic, Somali or Afan

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Trump Vows to Shut U.S. Borders to Middle Eastern Migrants in “Thank You” Tour

By Emily Stephenson CINCINNATI, Dec 1 – President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his post-election “thank you tour” on Thursday by railing against globalization, promising the return of manufacturing jobs to American workers, and vowing to shut U.S. borders to some Middle East migrants. Speaking in an arena that was about three-quarters full, Trump rallied the

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Women Migrants Fearing Rape Take Contraceptives Before Journey

By Lin Taylor LONDON, Nov 30 – Women migrants fleeing wars, political instability and poverty are taking contraceptives in the expectation of being raped but are so desperate they still embark on the journey, a human rights group said on Wednesday. Women and girls who risk sexual violence as they flee their home countries are

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Record Number of Boat Migrants Reach Italy this Year

By Steve Scherer ROME, Nov 28 – The number of migrants who have reached Italy by boat from North Africa this year has already topped a previous record set two years ago, official data show, as pressure on Italy’s shelter and asylum systems grows. Italy has borne the brunt of new arrivals since the implementation

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Erdogan Warns Turkey Could Open Gates for Migrants if Pushed by EU

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL, Nov 25 – President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Friday that Turkey could open its gates for migrants to Europe if pushed into a corner by the European Union, a day after European lawmakers voted for a temporary halt to EU membership talks with Ankara. Members of the European Parliament voted for

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