Hungary sentences Syrian migrant to five years’ jail for border riot

By Gergely Szakacs SZEGED, Hungary, Sept 20 : A Hungarian court sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to five years in prison on Thursday for crossing the border as part of a riot during the migrant crisis, in a case that has drawn criticism from the European Parliament and Amnesty International. Ahmed Hamed was among a group […]

EU executive to propose new measures to deter migrants

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Sept 6 : The European Union will announce plans next week to strengthen its external borders and push foreign states to do more to deter migrants. The plans are a last effort by the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker to toughen policy on an issue that has divided Europe since […]

Hundreds of migrants trapped in detention centres in Libyan capital after clashes

By Ahmed Elumami TUNIS, Aug 29 : Hundreds of migrants have been abandoned without food or water in government-run detention centres in the Libyan capital after guards fled from clashes between rival armed groups in the past few days, aid workers said on Wednesday. Tripoli has been shaken since the weekend by fighting between rival […]

Italy’s anti-migrant stance puts EU Mediterranean mission at risk

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Aug 28 : Italy has threatened to bar ships of the EU naval force from bringing migrants picked up in the Mediterranean to its ports unless the bloc comes up with ways to share the burden of taking them in, officials in Brussels said. Diplomats were meeting in Brussels on Tuesday […]

First the EU, now prosecutors: Italy’s home minister thrives on friction

By Angelo Amante and Gavin Jones CATANIA/ROME, Italy, Aug 27 : Italy’s hardline interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is surfing a wave of public support after his latest showdown over immigration with the European Union, a row that also pitted him against a new foe: his country’s own judiciary. The 10-day-old standoff ended in southern Catania […]

Doctors order 16 migrants off stranded Italian boat as Salvini defies UN

By Angelo Amante CATANIA, Italy, Aug 25 : Doctors ordered on Saturday that 16 sick migrants be allowed to leave the Italian rescue ship docked for five days in a Sicilian port as Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he was working on a “positive solution” for the remaining 134 people on board. The migrants, mainly […]