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Trump says could send illegal migrants to 'sanctuary cities'

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:50 AM

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities," tweets President Trump

PROTEST. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2017 migrant rights groups look on during a vigil to protest against US President Donald Trump's new crackdown on "sanctuary cities", outside the City Hall in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Mark Ralston / AFP

Spain rescues close to 600 migrants at sea in one day

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:38 AM

At least 35 minors including a baby are among the flow of migrants crossing the Strait of Gibraltar and the Alboran Sea as they fled unrest or poverty in their countries

RESCUED. Would-be immigrants rest after being rescued in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, in the port of Tarifa, on August 16, 2017. Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Trump hits State Department in 'hard power' budget blueprint

Mar 16, 2017 - 12:20 PM

3rd UPDATE An alarmed United Nations warn against abrupt funding cuts that would undermine its longer term reform efforts

AMERICAN AID. In this file photo, a USAID officer watches as a US military C-17 cargo plane taxis to a stop at Kathmandu's international airport on May 3, 2015. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Mexico vows to impose tariffs if Trump presses wall payment

Feb 26, 2017 - 8:58 AM

Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray notes that if Trump places tariffs on Mexican goods it will hit US households that buy all sorts of products from south of the border

The U.S.-Mexico border fence stands along the border on September 28, 2016 in the Imperial Sand Dunes recreation center, California. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Mexico, U.S. clash over wall as tough trade talks loom

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:33 AM

With 9 days to go until Trump succeeds Barack Obama as US president Mexico is bracing for a new and complex relationship with its main trade partner

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle patrols next to a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border on January 5, 2017 near McAllen, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

EU launches tough border force to curb migrant crisis

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:09 AM

Brussels hopes the revamped agency will not just increase security but also help heal the huge rifts that have emerged between western and eastern member states clashing over the EU s refugee policies

Turkey's border police personel patrols next to a barbed wire wall fence erected on the Bulgaria-Turkey border near the town of Lesovo, on September 14, 2016. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Britain to start building anti-migrant wall in Calais

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The wall which is expected to cost 2 7 million euros 3 0 million will be the latest barrier to go up around Europe as the continent struggles with its biggest migrant influx in decades

In this file photo, migrants stand near the A16 motorway near the site of the Eurotunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, northern France on January 21, 2016. Philippe Huguen/AFP

Another Indonesian kidnapped in Sulu Sea

Aug 07, 2016 - 4:02 PM

The kidnapping took place August 3 in waters off the northeast of Sabah state on the Malaysian side of Borneo island Indonesia s ambassador to Malaysia says

Venezuelans pour into Colombia again as border briefly reopens

Jul 18, 2016 - 6:56 AM

The influx has come during a 40 day freight truckers strike in Colombia which heightened fears that shortages could hit major cities

Venezuelans cross the Simon Bolivar bridge linking San Antonio del Tachira, in Venezuela with Cucuta in Colombia, to buy basic supplies on July 17, 2016. George Castellanos/AFP

US to fund Tunisia border surveillance

Mar 26, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The multi million dollar project will include the installation of an integrated surveillance system and the training of Tunisian forces

Tunisian security forces check vehicles near the Tunisian customs post at the Ras Jedir border crossing with Libya, south of the town of Ben Guerdane, on March 22, 2016 after it was reopened after a two-week closure in response to a deadly jihadist attack on a town near the frontier. Both the Ras Jedir crossing on the Mediterranean coast and the Dehiba crossing in the mountainous desert interior reopened at 0600 GMT, ministry spokesman Yasser Mesbah said.Tunisia closed the two crossings on March 7 when dozens of heavily armed jihadists who had slipped across the border from Libya launched coordinated attacks on police and army posts in the town of Ben Guerdane, north of Ras Jedir. FATHI NASRI / AFP

EU mulls partial Schengen suspension over migrant crisis

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:14 AM

If the situation does not change there could indeed be justifications under public order and security reasons to maintain internal controls at internal Schengen borders

BORDER CONTROL. A sign that reads 'Kontrolle' (Control) has been set up at the border crossing in Mittenwald, Germany, May 26, 2015. Sven Hoppe/EPA

Migrants inundate new EU crisis hotspot Croatia

Sep 18, 2015 - 3:50 AM

2nd UPDATE Croatia says it will let people pass through freely on their way to other EU countries – but Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic warns his country s resources for dealing with the influx are limited

RUSH TO FREEDOM. Men, women and children break a police cordon to rushing towards waiting buses at the train station in the city of Tovarnik, close to the Croatian-Serbian border, on September 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

Netanyahu says will not allow Israel to be 'submerged' by refugees

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:16 PM

Netanyahu also announces the start of construction of a fence along Israel s border with Jordan

In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to speak as he opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his office, in Jerusalem, February 1, 2015. Gali Tibbon/Pool/EPA

Cop who found dead Syrian refugee boy thought of 'own son'

Sep 06, 2015 - 8:18 PM

I have a 6 year old son The moment I saw the baby I thought about my own son and put myself into his father s place

LIFE LOST. A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Dogan News Agency/AFP

Migrants mob train in re-opened Budapest train station

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED A public announcement said however that the train would be going nowhere and that no trains for western Europe would be leaving Keleti station for an indefinite period

EXODUS. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Tensions flare at Hungary station as migrant numbers swell

Sep 03, 2015 - 10:20 AM

The standoff is the latest and largest of several tense encounters between the crowds and police following Hungary s decision to prevent migrants traveling west

REFUGEES. Migrant boy holds a sign reading 'SOS help me' as he sits with other migrants in front of the Keleti (East) railway station in Budapest on September 2, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Dead child's photo shows Europe refugees' plight

Sep 03, 2015 - 8:42 AM

UPDATED Britain s Independent newspaper: If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe s attitude to refugees what will?

LIFE LOST. A Turkish police officer carries a migrant child's dead body off the shores in Bodrum, southern Turkey, on September 2, 2015 after a boat carrying refugees sank while reaching the Greek island of Kos. Dogan News Agency/AFP

Migrant crisis threatens Europe's open border policy

Sep 02, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Observers fear the genie is out of the bottle and other countries will restore internal borders to curb the flow of humanity

EXODUS. Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

Chaos in Hungary as figures show gravity of Europe migrant crisis

Sep 01, 2015 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Statistics from the International Organization for Migration IOM reveal the gravity of the crisis facing the continent with the biggest movement of people since World War II

SURGE. Migrants wait to board a train to Germany at the Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary, September 1, 2015. Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Migrants dash for last train to Germany from bottleneck Budapest

Sep 01, 2015 - 12:55 PM

For refugees from Syria and elsewhere the train stations of Budapest have become the latest tortuous bottleneck on a long journey north to Europe

LONGING FOR FREEDOM. A migrant looks from the window of the train on her way from Budapest to Vienna at the Austrian - Hungarian border in Hegyeshalom on August 31, 2015. Vladimir Simicek/AFP

EU must defend migrants' 'dignity' say leaders ahead of talks

Aug 31, 2015 - 12:05 PM

This comes as tensions flared on the bloc s eastern borders over the escalating crisis

TO FREEDOM. Migrants pass the border, between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, August 29, 2015. Vassil Donev/EPA

Serbia, Macedonia call at Balkans summit for EU action on migrants

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:29 PM

Macedonian PM: Unless we have a European answer to this issue none of us should be under any illusion that this will be solved

TO SAFETY. Migrants cross the border, controlled by Macedonian police, between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, August 26, 2015. Vassil Donev/EPA

Merkel vows no tolerance for migrant hate as 55 die in Mediterranean

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Alarmed by the worsening situation UN chief Ban Ki moon urges countries in Europe and elsewhere to prove their compassion and do much more to bring an end to the crisis

TO SAFETY. Migrants cross the border, controlled by Macedonian police, between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Greece, near the town of Gevgelija, August 26, 2015. Vassil Donev/EPA

Berlin eases asylum rules for Syrians as migrants pour into EU

Aug 26, 2015 - 8:30 AM

Record numbers of people are streaming into EU member Hungary from Serbia posing a new headache for regional leaders

PERILOUS CROSSING. Syrian refugees try to cross the fence at the Serbian-Hungarian border from the Serbian side near Roeszke, Hungary, 25 August 2015. Gregor Mayer/EPA

Merkel, Hollande urge unified EU response to refugee crisis

Aug 24, 2015 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED Hollande: Rather than wait we should organize and reinforce our policies and that is what France and Germany are proposing

BORDER CONTROL. Migrants wait for registration in the new refugee camp in construction and will serve for accepting and registration of the migrants, and from here they will have direct transport to the Serbian border without them entering Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, August 23, 2015. Georgi Licovski/EPA

Thousands of migrants cross Macedonia, Serbia heading for EU

Aug 23, 2015 - 9:10 PM

More than 6 000 refugees and migrants crosses into Serbia where 8 huge UN refugee agency tents were set up in the border village of Miratovac

EXODUS. Syrian and other nationalities refugees board a refugee processing ship in the harbour of Kos, on the Greek island Kos, Greece, late August 15, 2015. Odysseus/EPA

New figures show scale of EU’s migrant crisis

Aug 19, 2015 - 9:55 AM

EU border agency Frontex reported that its latest figures far outstripped the previous monthly record in June of 70 000

EXODUS. Syrian and other nationalities refugees board a refugee processing ship in the harbour of Kos, on the Greek island Kos, Greece, late August 15, 2015. Odysseus/EPA

40 migrants die off Italy as Europe faces worst crisis since WWII

Aug 15, 2015 - 8:22 PM

319 people have been saved including a dozen women and several children

MIGRANTS. This handout video grab released by the Italian Coast Guard (Guardia Costiera) on May 2, 2015 shows some of 220 shipwrecked migrants being rescued by the Italian coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Sicily. File photo from Guardia Costiera/AFP

Greek mayor warns of 'bloodshed' as police beat migrants

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:29 AM

Amid mounting tensions across Europe over the spike in new arrivals Germany s police union calls for a scrapping of Europe s visa free Schengen travel zone

NEW ARRIVALS. Migrants flash the 'V for Victory' sign as they arrive in a boat on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on August 11, 2015. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Kurds battle ISIS on Syria border as Turkey blocks refugees

Jun 14, 2015 - 2:55 PM

Thousands of displaced Syrians amass at the frontier prompting Turkish security forces to use water cannons and fire warning shots to push them away

EN MASSE. A picture taken from the Turkish side of the border between Turkey and Syria shows Syrian refugees passing on the Syrian side of the border crossing near Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, 10 June 2015. Sedat Suna/EPA

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan

May 20, 2015 - 9:09 AM

The development comes as opposition mushroomed to controversial plans for quotas to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe

RESCUED. A handout image released by the German Bundeswehr armed forces on May 15, 2015 of migrants boarding German Navy's frigate 'Hessen' at sea in the Mediterranea off the Libya coast, May 14, 2015. Bundeswehr/Pao Mittelmeert/Handout/EPA

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis

May 19, 2015 - 10:41 AM

But the EU is still waiting for a UN resolution that will allow it to destroy boats that belong to people smugglers in Libyan waters where political turmoil has created safe harbor for traffickers

RESCUED. A landing craft prepares to dock onto HMS Bulwark after rescuing around 100 migrants from an inflatable boat around 40 miles off the coast of Libya on May 13, 2015. Crown Copyright 2015/AFP

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers

May 18, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The unprecedented mission starting in June will involve the deployment of warships and surveillance aircraft off the coast of Libya

RESCUE. A handout image made available by the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) on May 13, 2015 of Royal Marines leading migrants to safety on a Landing Craft of HMS Bulwark from an inflatable boat on the Mediterranean. Carl Osmond/UK MOD/Handout/EPA

Stopping people smuggling key to ending migrant crisis – Australia

May 17, 2015 - 12:30 PM

Abbott: As long as the people smugglers put those in search of a better life into leaky boats and send them out into the open sea you will have deaths

MIGRANTS. Ethnic Muslim Rohingya migrants, believed to have come from Myanmar and Bangladesh (L), receive food, water and other aid supplies from a Thai fishing boat (R) in the Andaman Sea close to Malaysia, southern Thailand, 14 May 2015. Photo by EPA.

EU urges UN to back migrant crisis plan

May 12, 2015 - 11:42 AM

The EU plan due to be finalized at a Brussels meeting on May 18 has run into resistance from Russia and African countries that see it as too heavily focused on military action

Federica Mogherini, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, addresses the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, 11 May 2015, United Nations, New York. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

New migrant deaths in Mediterranean; 5,800 rescued

May 04, 2015 - 12:25 AM

UPDATED The number rescued this weekend is one of the highest recorded in recent years raising fears that the tide of people risking their lives to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East has not been slowed by recent disasters

UN chief, Italy PM, EU's Mogherini visit navy ship in 'sea of misery'

Apr 28, 2015 - 9:38 AM

The symbolic visit to Italy s San Giusto vessel off the coast of Sicily comes just over a week after more than 750 people drowned in the Mediterranean s worst migrant shipwreck yet

'SEA OF MISERY' A handout photograph made available by the Palazzo Chigi press office showing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (R), the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (2-L), and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (2-R), being briefed by an Italian naval officer (L) on board a helicopter heading to the Italian Navy ship San Giusto, in the Strait of Sicily, Italy, April 27, 2015. Toberio Barchielli/Press Office Palazzo Chigi/Handout/EPA

Under-fire EU to consider military action at migrant summit

Apr 23, 2015 - 8:44 AM

In the draft statement for the summit leaders will commit to undertake systematic efforts to identify capture and destroy vessels before they are used by traffickers

WECOME TO EUROPE? Some 545 migrants arrive in Salerno aboard the Italian navy 'Chimera' vessel, Italy, April 22, 2015. Ciro Fusco/EPA

EU under pressure as details of migrant disaster emerge

Apr 22, 2015 - 11:51 PM

Only 28 survivors and 24 bodies are recovered The lucky few who survived say there were hundreds on board capsized boat carrying migrants

Boat skipper facing charges over migrant disaster

Apr 21, 2015 - 12:52 PM

UPDATED Italian prosecutors say the collision was caused by steering mistakes by the captain and the panicked movements of the hundreds of passengers

ARRIVAL. Surviving wreckship migrants aboard Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti arrive at Catania's port early Tuesday, Italy, April 21, 2015. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

EU unveils migrant action plan as more boats in distress

Apr 21, 2015 - 9:23 AM

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says member states have no more excuses not to act as fresh distress calls rang out in the Mediterranean

RESCUED. Migrants after being rescued aboard Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta's Grand Harbour, Malta, April 21, 2015. Ivan Consiglio/EPA

Migrant crisis: Can EU learn from Australia?

Apr 20, 2015 - 1:29 PM

Observers warn that Australia s hotly contested policy of turning back boats offers no model for the European Union arguing it is immoral and probably illegal under both EU and international law

This handout picture released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and taken by the MV Bison shortly after arriving on the scene on June 27, 2012, shows a boat carrying asylum seekers off the north coast of Australia, prior to it capsizing 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island. MV Bison/Australian Maritime Safety Authority/File/AFP

'Worst ever' migrant shipwreck prompts calls for EU action

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED EU ministers head into crisis talks under pressure to confront people smuggling gangs

SEA RESCUE. A handout picture provided by Guardia di Finanza shows a Ifra-red camera screen shot during an operation to rescue migrants after their wreckship in Strait of Sicily, 19 April 2015. Guardia di Finanza/Handout/EPA

Pope urges world to act after new Mediterranean tragedy

Apr 19, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Pope: They are hungry persecuted injured exploited victims of war They are seeking a better life they are seeking happiness

SAVED. In this file photo, rescued migrants disembark from an Italian Finance Guard vessel in Porto Empedocle, Sicily island, southern Italy, 12 April 2015. Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/EPA

Fury as 700 feared dead in Mediterranean shipwreck

Apr 19, 2015 - 4:27 PM

UPDATED An overcrowded boat smuggling migrants to Europe capsizes off Libya prompting a UN official to call it the worst massacre ever seen in the Mediterranean ; Amnesty says it is a predictable man made tragedy

RESCUED. A migrant is carried on a stretcher as a group of migrants who were rescued at sea disembark from the 'Zeran' cargo ship at the harbor of Palermo, Italy, 18 April 2015. Mike Pallazzotto/EPA

EU faces fury after new migrant shipwreck tragedy

Apr 16, 2015 - 9:02 AM

How many more people have to die before European governments acknowledge that relying on a patchwork quilt of resources for search and rescue operations is not enough?

SEA RESCUE. In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on April 13, 2015 a boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera takes part in a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily on April 12, 2015. Guardia Costiera/AFP

Up to 400 migrants die in boat capsize off Libya – survivors

Apr 15, 2015 - 11:21 AM

The latest tragedy came as Italian authorities said around 8 500 migrants had been rescued at sea between Friday April 10 and Monday

SEA RESCUE. In this video grab released by the Italian Coast Guards (Guardia Costiera) on April 13, 2015 a boat of the Italian Guardia Costiera takes part in a rescue operation of migrants off the coast of Sicily on April 12, 2015. Guardia Costiera/AFP

Italy rescues 1,500 migrants in Mediterranean in one day

Apr 06, 2015 - 8:55 AM

In a separate incident on Saturday 318 migrants are brought to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo after being rescued off Libya by an Icelandic navy ship

In this file handout picture provided 10 February 2015 by the Italian Coastguard shows migrants arriving to Lampedusa, 09 February 2015, after being rescued by Italian Coastguard from the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy. Italian Coast Guard Press Office/Handout/EPA

Australia's rights chief claims gov't wanted her to resign

Feb 25, 2015 - 12:37 PM

Australia s Human Rights Commission chief claims the government sought her resignation before a damning report criticizing the detention of asylum seeker children was released

Professor Gillian Triggs, president of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), during an event in Sydney. Image courtesy AHRC

Italy rescues more than 2,000 migrants off Libyan coast

Feb 16, 2015 - 9:50 AM

The emergency rescue comes on the same day Italy said it was evacuating staff from its embassy in Libya and suspending operations there highlighting the worsening security situation in the violence plagued country

SOMBER ARRIVAL. Hearses carrying the coffins of the 29 migrants who died from hypothermia during the voyage that began over the weekend in Libya, where most smuggling operations originate, to Europe, disembark from a ferry as they arrive in Porto Empedocle, Sicily island, southern Italy, 11 February 2015. Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/EPA