Migrants

BERLIN | German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

BERLIN— The leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition are trying to resolve a standoff over the future of the country’s domestic intelligence chief and stabilize their six-month-old alliance. A deal last week to remove Hans-Georg Maassen as head of the BfV spy agency but give him a new job as a deputy interior … Continue reading BERLIN | German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

MADRID | Spain rescues more than 300 migrants in Mediterranean Sea

MADRID — Spain’s maritime rescue service says it has saved over 300 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea this weekend. The service says it rescued 160 migrants from six boats on Saturday, and another 172 migrants from four boats on Sunday in the Strait of Gibraltar. Spain has become a leading entry … Continue reading MADRID | Spain rescues more than 300 migrants in Mediterranean Sea

LIMA, Peru | Venezuela launches airlift for migrants to return home

LIMA, Peru— Some 300 Venezuelans gathered outside of their country’s embassy in Peru on Tuesday shouting “We want to leave!” after President Nicolas Maduro offered to airlift migrants who wanted to return back to their homeland. The Venezuelans, some of whom said they had been sleeping on the streets and were taken advantage of by … Continue reading LIMA, Peru | Venezuela launches airlift for migrants to return home

BERLIN | German court convicts migrant of murdering ex-girlfriend

BERLIN — A migrant was convicted Monday of murdering his 15-year-old German ex-girlfriend and sentenced to 8.5 years in prison, the German news agency dpa reported. The stabbing of the 15-year-old girl at a drug store in the southwestern town of Kandel in December 2017 shocked Germany and fueled a debate about violence by migrants. … Continue reading BERLIN | German court convicts migrant of murdering ex-girlfriend

LAGOS, Nigeria | Merkel wraps up Africa visit in Nigeria; a focus on migrants

LAGOS, Nigeria— German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday was wrapping up a three-day Africa visit in Nigeria with a meeting between the leaders of Europe’s and Africa’s largest economies that was likely to focus on migration. Merkel has been traveling with nearly a dozen German CEOs in Senegal and Ghana, two of Africa’s fastest-growing economies. … Continue reading LAGOS, Nigeria | Merkel wraps up Africa visit in Nigeria; a focus on migrants

ROME | Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

ROME — A delegation from Italy’s rights office on Thursday visited the 150 migrants who have been kept onboard a coast guard vessel for days and concluded they were being held unjustly. The comments challenge Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister, who has declared that no migrants whom he considers “illegal” will set foot in a Sicilian … Continue reading ROME | Rights official: Italy is unjustly holding migrants on boat

THESSALONIKI, Greece | The Latest: Macedonian police find 44 migrants inside truck

THESSALONIKI, Greece  — The Latest on the influx of migrants in Europe (all times local): 10:44 p.m. Macedonian police say they have found 44 migrants hidden in a truck on a highway in center of the country. Police said Friday they had pursued the vehicle late Wednesday until the driver stopped the van near a … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | The Latest: Macedonian police find 44 migrants inside truck

CANBERRA, Australia  | Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

CANBERRA, Australia — When Aziz Abdul reached Australia’s Christmas Island aboard a smuggler’s boat, he had no idea that weeks earlier in 2013, his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed. Australia drew a line in the sand on July 19, 2013, to stem a … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia  | Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo