Latest European mass migration crisis News

Water cut to migrant camp as Bosnian authorities feud

Oct. 21, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Local authorities in the Bosnian town of Bihac on Monday cut off a nearby migrant camp's water supply, to pressure the government into reducing the population of the overcrowded site that international organizations have criticized as unsuitable. But aid workers said the...

Libya coast guard intercepts 126 Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 21, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it's intercepted 126 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Monday's statement by spokesman Ayoub Gassim says a rubber boat, with 118 men, four women and four children, was stopped Sunday off Libya's coastal town Garabulli, 60 kilometers (37...

Libya coast guard intercepts dozens of Europe-bound migrants

Oct. 20, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it's intercepted dozens of Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Sunday the migrants were returned to shore and would be taken to a detention center in the capital, Tripoli. Gassim said a rubber boat with 89 African...

The Latest: Syria Kurds say they will withdraw from border

Oct. 20, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:15 p.m. A senior Syrian Kurdish official says his forces will pull back from a border area in accordance with a U.S.-brokered deal after Turkey allows the evacuation of its remaining fighters and civilians from a besieged...

Turkey wants Syrian forces to leave border areas, aide says

Oct. 19, 2019 9:40 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants Syrian government forces to move out of areas near the Turkish border so he can resettle up to 2 million refugees there, his spokesman told The Associated Press on Saturday. The request will top Erdogan's talks next week with Syria's ally,...

'Only God is with us': A Syrian family feels betrayed by US

Oct. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — For months, every time Turkey threatened to invade northern Syria, Salwa Hanna told her husband they should take their children and flee from the border town of Kobani. And every time, he told her not to worry, because the Americans were there. Now the Christian family is among an...

Syria crisis tests Trump's global religious freedom vows

Oct. 18, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

The Turkish invasion of northern Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump's troop withdrawal from the region could put to the test Trump's stated commitment to global freedom of worship for religious minorities. The fighting between the Turks and Kurds has raised fears for the safety of Syrian Christians,...

2nd victim dies after Austrian refugee shelter knife attack

Oct. 18, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian police say a 32-year-old social worker has died days after suffering serious stab wounds during an attack at a refugee shelter. Upper Austria police said Friday that a 33-year-old Afghan asylum-seeker is now being investigated on suspicion of two counts of murder. The suspect, whose...

Libya official: Gunmen kill 2 women, 3 kids near capital

Oct. 17, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Gunmen killed two women and three children of the same family while they were driving on a highway near the capital, Tripoli, less than a week after an airstrike slammed into a house killing at least three civilians, a health official said Thursday. The city has been the scene of fighting...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 8:09 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...