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Italian minister faces probe into treatment of stranded migrants

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Prosecutors confirms that Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused to allow more than 100 rescued Diciotti migrants off a coastguard ship in August

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Venezuela arrests 131 accused of economic sabotage

Aug 31, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The arrests include 'several managers of large chains' accused of 'speculating and hoarding basic products' that are subject to prices fixed by the government

ECONOMIC SABOTAGE? In this file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a press conference at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on August 22, 2017. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Venezuela claims 'thousands' of migrants want to come home

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Brazil President Michel Temer has called on 'the international community to adopt diplomatic measures' to halt the 'tragic' exodus of Venezuelans that 'threatens the harmony of practically the entire continent'

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Aug 26, 2018 - 12:57 PM

Italy Interior Minister faces an investigation over 'illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power'

FAR RIGHT. Italy's Interior Minister and deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini holds a press conference in Moscow on July 16, 2018. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Italy allows some migrants off stranded boat amid EU row

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Italy threatens to pull its funding for the EU as a 'compensatory measure' if the bloc refused to come forward and help with relocating the migrants

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Venezuelans rush to Peru to beat passport deadline

Aug 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

Peru has decided it will only allow in Venezuelan migrants in possession of a passport. But only around half of the Venezuelans heading south to escape poverty and economic crisis are carrying passports.

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Migrants storm Morocco-Spain border fence, 7 police injured

Aug 22, 2018 - 10:15 PM

In the second assault on the Spanish border in a month, 7 police officers were lightly injured when migrants threw quicklime and battery acid as they tried to scale the fence. Some 115 migrants managed to enter Ceuta.

GETTING INTO CEUTA. A man reacts after forcing his way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta on August 22, 2018. Photo by Joaquin Sanchez/AFP

9 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Four people were rescued by the Turkish coast guard after the boat destined for Greece and carrying mostly Iraqi migrants sank off the Turkish holiday resort town of Kusadasi

Spain rescues over 200 migrants at sea

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Spain's maritime rescue service saved 211 migrants from 21 different boats in the Strait of Gibraltar

Migrante demands apology from Kuwait celeb who ranted vs maids' day off

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:50 PM

'By projecting herself as a slave-owner, Sondos exhibits intoxication in her overinflated ego and false sense of superiority,' says Migrante

PUBLIC APOLOGY. Migrante International demands a public apology from Kuwaiti social media celebirty Sondos Al Qattan who ranted against Filipino workers having rest days. Photo from Sondos Al Qattan's Youtube Page

Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Rights groups accuse the Algerian authorities of arbitrarily arresting and deporting migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and sometimes dumping them in the desert

BLOCKED.African migrants from Niger prepare to board buses as they are repatriated to their country by Algerian authorities at a transit center for migrants in Tamanrasset in southern Algeria. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

450 migrants stranded at sea as Italy, Malta dig heels in

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:34 PM

The new standoff kicks in just hours after 67 migrants were allowed to disembark from an Italian coast guard ship in Sicily late Thursday

U.S. judge extends deadline for reuniting migrant children

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The decision comes after a government lawyer says around half of the 102 young children could be placed back with their parents by the previously given deadline of Tuesday, July 10

DROPPED OFF. In this file photo taken on June 17, 2018 immigrants wait to head to a nearby Catholic Charities relief center after being dropped off at a bus station shortly after release from detention through 'catch and release' immigration policy in McAllen, Texas. File photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

Libyan navy says 63 missing in new Mediterranean shipwreck

Jul 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

'There is an alarming increase in deaths at sea off Libya Coast,' says International Organization for Migration Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi

MIGRANTS. Child migrant Khingsley Dokowada, 9, from the Central African Republic, rests on the deck of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms boat on July 2, 2018. Photo by Olmo Calvo/AFP

Merkel dodges political bullet with controversial migrant deal

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:19 PM

In high-stakes crisis talks overnight, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has put to rest for now a dangerous row with her hardline Interior Minister Horst Seehofer that has threatened the survival of her fragile coalition government

DEAL. In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to journalists as she arrives at the CDU headquarters on November 17, 2017 in Berlin. File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

1 dead, 18 missing after migrant boat capsizes off Malaysia

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The boat with 44 people on board capsizes on Sunday night off the southern state of Johor as it headed for Malaysia from the Indonesian island of Batam

DEATHS AT SEA. Malaysian rescuers carry a body retrieved from the sea during a search operation on a boat carrying Indonesian immigrants capsized in Kota Tinggi, southern Malaysia on July 2, 2018. Photo by AFP

Merkel coalition's fate hangs in balance over elusive migrant deal

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:14 PM

After a night of high drama, Horst Seehofer says he will hold last-ditch talks with Angela Merkel's CDU 'in hopes of reaching an understanding.' The meeting is set to begin at 1500 GMT (11 pm, Manila time).

MERKEL. German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel looks on prior to a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on July 2, 2018. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP

Spain NGO ship saves 59 migrants, Italy refuses access

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:50 PM

Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini says that the NGO's boat had reached the migrants' vessel before Libyan coastguards inside Libya's rescue operation zone

Trump administration says longstanding court decree allows detaining migrant families

Jun 30, 2018 - 5:43 PM

In Los Angeles, a decades-old federal court settlement known as the Flores Agreement mandates immigration officials release detained minors if they are held more than 20 days.

PROTEST. Demonstrators hold a rally in the Little village neighborhood calling for the elimination of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and an end to family detentions on June 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

U.S. judge orders separated families be reunited

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:32 PM

The judge also issues an injunction against any more family separations

AT THE BORDER. A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Guatemala asks U.S. to help its migrants after volcano eruption

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:20 PM

Officials have confirmed the deaths of 112 people as a result of the eruption on June 3, but scores more people remain unaccounted for

FUEGO VOLCANO. Nuns bless the disaster zone during the search for victims of the Fuego Volcano eruption, in the ash-covered village of San Miguel Los Lotes, in Escuintla Department, about 35 km southwest of Guatemala City, on June 11, 2018. File photo by Johan Ordonez/AFP

Broadway stars to rally against migrant family separations

Jun 26, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Tina Fey, Idina Menzel, and Audra McDonald are some of the artists scheduled to perform

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Jun 25, 2018 - 12:35 PM

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EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis

'We want the children free!': A cry from inside migrant detention center

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:17 PM

'Shame,' 'Abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement),' and 'You're not alone,' are being shouted by estimated 500 protesters rallied by religious leaders

DETENTION. Protestors chained together at the wrist block traffic from passing on the road to the Otay Mesa Detention Center during a demonstration against US immigration policy that separates children from parents, in San Diego, California June 23, 2018. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Migrant parents deported from U.S. voice anguish as opposition keeps up pressure

Jun 24, 2018 - 2:55 PM

More than 500 children have already been reunited with family members, according to a fact sheet released by the Department of Homeland Security

MIGRANT POLICY. Protestors link arms after tying children's shoes and keys on the fence outside the Otay Mesa Detention Center during a demonstration against US immigration policy that separates children from parents, in San Diego, California June 23, 2018. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Macron backs sanctions on EU states that refuse migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

France and Spain also declare support for the creation of closed reception centers where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered.

FRANCE AND SPAIN. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) gestures as he speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as they arrive for a joint press conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 23, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

'Invest wisely' in migrants' home countries, says Pope Francis

Jun 22, 2018 - 5:08 PM

'The problem of wars is difficult to solve, as is the problem of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Nigeria,' but 'the problem of hunger can be solved,' the Pope says

AIR PRESSER. Pope Francis talks with journalists aboard a plane, at the end of his visit to Geneva on June 21, 2018, for the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. Photo by Ciro Fusco/Pool/AFP

U.S. states sue Washington over immigrant separation

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'We have no way to predict from one day to the next what this president's policies or intentions are,' Washington state Governor Jay Inslee says in a statement

AT THE BORDER. A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Some U.S. migrant children shelters accused of violations – report

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The new report cites government and other reports for accusations of physical and sexual abuse, and violations of standards for children's safety and care. The alleged breaches occur at privately-run shelters where migrant children receive long-term housing.

TENT ENCAMPMENT. Children and workers are seen at a tent encampment recently built near the Tornillo Port of Entry on June 19, 2018 in Tornillo, Texas. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

New York receives separated children, prepares to sue U.S. government

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:31 PM

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweets: 'We know of at least 70 children who are being held in federal facilities across New York State. That number is expected to increase.'

MIGRANT CHILDREN. Protestors demonstrate against the separation of migrant children from their families on June 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

UN rights chief condemns migrant family separations at U.S. border

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:26 PM

'The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable,' says Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein during the opening of a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

HUMAN RIGHTS. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. Photo by Alain Grosclaude/AFP

Majority of French reject safe harbor for Aquarius – poll

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The survey shows 56 percent of respondents said they backed the government, while 42 percent said it should have offered to let the ship dock

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP

The week in photos: June 9-15, 2018

Jun 16, 2018 - 3:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A football fan sports a hair tattoo showing the portrait of Argentinian football player Lionel Messi at a hair salon in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 10, 2018.A Serbian hairdresser proposes to his clients to draw with scissors on the back of their heads portraits of football superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia. Mario Hvala gives his creativity free rain ever since, 18 years ago, he made with scissors a tarantula on a client's head after suggesting him: "Let's do something different." For the World Cup, which opens on June 14, 2018, he proposes to football afficionados to do the same thing with Messi and Ronaldo. / AFP PHOTO / VLADIMIR ZIVOJINOVIC

Nearly 2,000 minors split from parents at border in 6 weeks – U.S.

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:26 PM

US President Donald Trump says 'the drama could drag on'

BORDER. US activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies 6 Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in US, at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas, US, on June 15, 2018.  Herika Martinez/AFP

Spain doesn't rule out sending Aquarius migrants back

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:36 PM

A Spanish government spokesman says, every migrant 'will know if he has refugee status, if he is an economic migrant, and also, indeed, if he is guilty of certain offenses that make him liable to expulsion'

SOS. This handout picture obtained from French non-governmental organizations Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee on June 14, 2018 shows migrants sitting onboard French NGO's ship Aquarius. Photo by Kenny Karpov/SOS Mediterranee/AFP

Macron 'never meant to offend' Italy with migrant comments

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Rome summons France's ambassador over Macron's comments and suggests a planned meeting between Macron and Italian President Giuseppe Conte in Paris on Friday could be cancelled unless Paris issues an 'official apology'

APOLOGETIC. French President Emmanuel Macron meets with Vendean entrepreneurs at a K-Line industrial site on June 13, 2018, in Les Herbiers. Photo by Ludovic Marin/POOL/AFP

Austria mulls migrant reception centers outside EU

Jun 13, 2018 - 5:04 PM

'There are efforts underway to create sanctuaries outside Europe, where we can accommodate refugees and offer protection, but not a better life in central Europe,' Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says

SEBASTIAN KURZ. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz delivers his speech during the conference of the CDU Economic Council, "Economy Day 2018" in Berlin, on June 12, 2018. Photo by Jens Büttner/dpa/AFP

EU tensions flare over migrants as Macron blasts Italy

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:24 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron accuses Italy's leaders of "cynicism and irresponsibility" and said they had broken international maritime law by refusing the boat the right to dock.

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron blasts Italy on Tuesday, June 12, for 'irresponsibility' after it turned away a rescue boat carrying African migrants. File photo by AFP

Italy, Malta in diplomatic spat over migrant arrivals

Jun 09, 2018 - 5:41 PM

"The good God put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily," said the nationalist Salvini, as a new wave of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean prepared to land in Italy.

WAITING. Migrants sit aboard rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily on May 14, 2018. Some 73 migrants of various nationalities, including women and children were rescued by MV Aquarius on May 12. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki / AFP

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, May 28 - June 3, 2018

Jun 03, 2018 - 11:08 AM

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Migrant 'Spiderman' who saved child praised by France's Macron

May 29, 2018 - 8:23 AM

But several aid groups accuse President Emmanuel Macron of 'political exploitation,' 'hypocrisy,' and covering up a harsh policy towards migrants

'SPIDERMAN.' French President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Mamoudou Gassama, 22, from Mali, at the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, on May, 28, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

Filipino household workers can fly to Kuwait next week – Bello

May 23, 2018 - 3:58 PM

'Skilled workers can fly to Kuwait anytime but the household service workers can fly next week, pending their visa application approval,' says Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

WORKERS' PLIGHT. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III gives updates on the welfare of overseas Filipino workers at a Senate hearing on May 23, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The week in photos: May 5-12, 2018

May 13, 2018 - 11:36 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Supreme Court on May11, 2018 voting on the quo warranto case against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler