Latest European mass migration crisis News

Rome readies for Colosseum Good Friday event, led by pope

Apr. 19, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Rome is busily preparing for the Colosseum Way of the Cross procession, presided over by Pope Francis. Buses and other traffic were being re-routed away from the ancient Roman arena for the Good Friday night ritual, which draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists. This year's...

'Real Housewives' husband Giudice loses immigration appeal

Apr. 18, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — "Real Housewives of New Jersey" husband Joe Giudice (JOO'-dys) has lost his appeal to avoid deportation to Italy. His attorneys said Thursday they are "extremely disappointed" by the Board of Immigration's decision and have appealed to the federal circuit court in Philadelphia. Giudice...

2 Saudi women seek asylum in Georgia, claiming oppression

Apr. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Two sisters from Saudi Arabia are applying for asylum in the country of Georgia after saying they fled there because of fear of their own family. The sisters, Maha and Wafa Alsubaie, attracted attention this week when they established a Twitter account in which they said they came...

Erdogan lashes out at Financial Times over report on economy

Apr. 18, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has lashed out at the Financial Times and other western media, accusing them of falsely portraying the economy as being on the brink of collapse. Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Thursday after the Financial Times reported that Turkey's Central Bank had bolstered its...

Populists expected to gain seats in May's EU elections

Apr. 18, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament is predicting that nationalist, populist and anti-migrant groups will make significant gains in the May 23-26 EU elections but says it thinks mainstream parties will keep control over the assembly. Projections released Thursday suggest the center-right European...

Spain allows NGOs to sail with aid supplies for migrants

Apr. 17, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain has reluctantly allowed humanitarian aid vessels to depart for the Greek islands where they want to deliver aid supplies to migrant camps, Spanish aid groups said Wednesday. But the groups face hefty fines if their boats venture without permission into official search and...

The Latest: Germany sets tougher rules for deporting migrant

Apr. 17, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to mass migration (all times local): 12:20 p.m. The German government has agreed on a set of rules aimed at making it harder for failed asylum seekers to avoid deportation. The country's top security official, Horst Seehofer, said Wednesday that the...

Danish police ban anti-Muslim provocateur's protest

Apr. 16, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish police have banned a second demonstration by an anti-Muslim provocateur in a neighborhood in Copenhagen with a large population of immigrants to avoid unrest. Police said Tuesday they are investigating an object resembling a hand grenade found in the square where Rasmus...

In Libya, a rogues' gallery of militias prepare for war

Apr. 16, 2019 2:18 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libya is on the verge of an all-out war involving a rogues' gallery of militias, many of which are little more than criminal gangs armed with heavy weapons. The country slid into chaos after the 2011 uprising, in which rebels overthrew and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi and...

Merkel voices concern about situation in Libya, Sudan

Apr. 15, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing concern about the human rights situation in Libya and Sudan while calling for an improved approach to the factors that force people to migrate. Merkel said before a meeting Monday with the head of the U.N. refugee agency that "the challenges (of...