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Nearly 11,000 Migrants Rescued in Last 48 Hours off Libya

By Crispian Balmer ROME, Oct 5  – More than 4,650 migrants were saved on Tuesday off the Libyan coast and 28 bodies recovered, bringing the total number of people rescued in the last 48 hours to nearly 11,000, Italy’s coast guard said on Wednesday. More than 20 people were reported to have suffocated in the

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Days Before Referendum, Amnesty Criticises Hungary Over Treatment of Migrants

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Sept 27  – Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Hungary of mistreating refugees and migrants on purpose to deter them from seeking to cross into the European Union from Serbia, days before the country holds a referendum on EU migrant quotas. The Hungarian government had no immediate comment on the report in

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Egypt Arrests Four Crew Members of Capsized Migrant Boat

CAIRO, Sept 22  – Egyptian authorities have arrested four crew members of a boat carrying almost 600 migrants which capsized off Egypt’s coast, killing at least 43, judicial sources said on Thursday. The boat sank on Wednesday in the Mediterranean off Burg Rashid, a village in Egypt’s northern Beheira province where the sea and the

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Merkel Strikes Back, Defends Migrant Policy After Election Rout

By Madeline Chambers and Michael Nienaber BERLIN, Sept 7- Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back at critics of her open-door migrant policy on Wednesday after her conservative CDU party was humiliated in a regional vote, urging all parties to fight the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) with facts. In a combative speech to the Bundestag lower

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Hungary Charges Camerawoman Accused of Tripping Fleeing Migrants

BUDAPEST, Sept 7  – Hungarian prosecutors filed charges on Wednesday against a camerawoman accused of kicking and tripping migrants fleeing police near the southern border with Serbia last year. Petra Laszlo was fired form her job at N1TV, a television station with nationalist sympathies, after video footage spread online appearing to show her kicking a

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Austria Threatens to Sue Hungary Over Migrants

VIENNA, Sept 7  – Austria’s interior minister threatened on Wednesday to sue Hungary if it refused to take back migrants who had crossed their shared border, as political tensions mounted over immigration before presidential elections. Austria’s government, facing a challenge from the far-right Freedom Party, has repeatedly accused Hungary of letting migrants enter its territory

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Paris to Open First Migrant Camp by October

PARIS, Sept 6 – Paris will house close to 1,000 migrants in two camps to tackle the growing number of men, women and children fleeing war and poverty who are sleeping rough on the French capital’s streets, the city’s mayor said on Tuesday. The building of the two camps in the capital comes as the

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UK, France Stick to Calais Migrant Deal “Now and When” Britain Leaves EU

PARIS, Aug 30- British and French interior ministers agreed on Tuesday to develop cooperation “now and when the United Kingdom leaves the EU” to address challenges posed by flows of migrants to the European Union. Britain’s new interior minister, Amber Rudd, came to Paris to meet her French counterpart, seeking assurances on a deal which

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