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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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Mediterranean Rescuers Save 550 Migrants at Sea, Recover Five Bodies

ROME, Nov 15  – About 550 migrants, most of them from West Africa, were pulled to safety from boats in the Mediterranean on Monday in five operations during which rescuers also recovered five dead bodies, Italy’s coast guard said. The bodies were in a rubber dinghy and one other person from the dinghy had drowned,

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Australia’s Plan to Ban Asylum Seekers Who Arrive by Boat in Jeopardy

SYDNEY, Nov 8 – Australia’s plan to permanently ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering the country was in jeopardy on Tuesday when the opposition Labor said it would not support the ban. Under the plan asylum seekers who are deemed genuine refugees and resettled in a third country would be permanently

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German Ministry Wants Migrants Returned to Africa

BERLIN, Nov 6 – The German Interior Ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe’s Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. In what would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum policies, the

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