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Interior Minister Matteo Salvini defended the new bill, calling it "a step forward to make Italy safer".

More children are reportedly being recruited to fight as violence between rival militias continues in Tripoli, UNICEF said on Monday.

Syrian child drowns on Lebanon coast after boat capsizes

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Syrian child drowns on Lebanon coast after boat capsizes

A child has drowned after a boat carrying 39 migrants heading for Europe capsized off the northern Lebanese coast.

Italy releases Tunisian fishermen accused of smuggling <em>migrants</em>

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Italy releases Tunisian fishermen accused of smuggling migrants

Judges in Palermo ordered the immediate release of six Tunisian fishermen who were arrested on suspicion of smuggling migrants.

Lebanon navy rescues dozens from sinking Cyprus-bound boat

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Lebanon navy rescues dozens from sinking Cyprus-bound boat

Lebanon's navy responded early on Saturday to a sinking boat with at least 39 Syrian nationals on board who were heading to Cyprus via an ...

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UKIP leader unveils 'anti-Islam' official party manifesto

All-Muslim prisons, enhanced screenings for migrants from 'Islamic countries' and a repeal of anti-discrimination laws signal UKIP's shift further to the far-right under new leader Gerard Batten

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EU eyes Egypt in latest efforts to curb migrants

Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said EU leaders have agreed to open talks with Egypt and other north African countries to curb migration to ...

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Italian navy smuggles cigarettes after Libya mission

An Italian naval vessel was used to smuggle crates of cigarettes while returning from a mission to stop migrants from travelling from ...

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Greece to evacuate 2,000 refugees in overcrowded Lesbos camp

The news comes a day after a major NGO slammed conditions at the camp, noting overflowing sewage and reports of children attempting suicide.

Germany frees Iraqi suspect in killing that sparked attacks

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Germany frees Iraqi suspect in killing that sparked attacks

The 22-year-old Iraqi immigrant held as the main suspect in a deadly stabbing that sparked xenophobic mob violence in Germany last month was ...

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'Suicide attempts' on Greek migrant island as arrivals spike

Suicide attempts have become common in overcrowded refugee camps in Lesbos.

US cuts refugee admissions to 30,000 for 2019

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US cuts refugee admissions to 30,000 for 2019

The US has pledged a sharp fall in refugee admissions as part of President Donald Trump's overall crackdown on immigration.

Algeria will take back its citizens illegally in Germany

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Algeria will take back its citizens illegally in Germany

Algeria will accept deportations of its citizens living in Germany.

Two women dead after refugee boat capsizes off Turkey

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Two women dead after refugee boat capsizes off Turkey

Two women died and sixteen other mainly Iraqi refugees, including eight children, were rescued on Monday after their boat capsized off the ...

Tunisia struggles to host refugees saved at sea

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Tunisia struggles to host refugees saved at sea

Most refugees who reached Tunisia illegally hope to head to Europe as they struggle to survive in the country's only migrant centre.

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Morocco: Over 50,000 migrant crossings to Europe foiled

Moroccan authorities have announced that they have foiled 54,000 bids by migrants to cross over to Europe this year.

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Tunisia demands Italy release fishermen detained for 'rescuing migrants'

Six Tunisian fishermen, who insist they were helping a sinking migrant boat, could face 15 years in Italian jail for facilitating illegal ...

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Aid group calls for migrant evacuations from Tripoli

Doctors Without Borders warned thousands of migrants trapped in detention centres in Libya's capital Tripoli must be evacuated.

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Qatar becomes first GCC state offering expats permanent residence

In a landmark move to improve workers' rights, Qatar said it would grant up to 100 permanent residencies to non-GCC expats a year.

Migrant workers celebrate landmark Qatari labour reform

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Migrant workers celebrate landmark Qatari labour reform

Foreign workers will now be allowed to leave the country without requiring their employer's permission.

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UN brokers ceasefire to halt deadly Libya clashes

The UN mission in Libya says it has brokered a ceasefire to end a week of clashes in Tripoli.

Turkey, Trump and the new geopolitics

Bashdar Ismaeel

Turkey, Trump and the new geopolitics

Comment: Fraught relations between Washington and Ankara speak of a wider story in the Middle East, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Eighteen injured in German protests for and against refugees

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Eighteen injured in German protests for and against refugees

Eighteen people were injured as the anti-migrant far-right and counter-protesters held opposing rallies in the German city of Chemnitz, which ...

Thousands protest for and against <em>migrants</em> in German town

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Thousands protest for and against migrants in German town

Some 8,000 opponents and supporters of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's immigration policy marched through the eastern city of Chemnitz after a ...

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