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A group of people, thought to be migrants, are ferried ashore by Border Force officers, from HMC Seeker, on a Border Force rib at Dover marina in Kent, England after a small boat incident in the English Channel, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

UK mulled sending asylum-seekers to remote Atlantic island

Sep. 30, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government reportedly proposed processing asylum-seekers on a remote volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean more than 4,000 miles (6,435 kilometers) from the U.K. — a plan that has been derided as inhumane and a “logistical nightmare” by critics. The Financial...

Refugees and migrants wearing protective masks to help curb the spread of coronavirus leave on a bus after their arrival at the port of Lavrio, about 75 kilometers (48miles) south of Athens, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. Greek authorities have moved nearly 1,000 asylum-seekers from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island camps. Most of the people on a ferry that docked Tuesday at Lavrio, near Athens, were from a temporary facility hastily built on the island of Lesbos to replace a squalid camp that angry residents burned down three weeks ago. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece moves asylum-seekers to ease crowding at island camps

Sep. 29, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities moved nearly 1,000 refugees from eastern Aegean islands to the mainland Tuesday as part of efforts to improve conditions in overcrowded island refugee camps. Most of the 946 people on a ferry that docked at Lavrio, near Athens, had been at a temporary facility...

Rights group: Cyprus pushed back migrants, ignored claims

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities pushed back 200 migrants and refugees arriving from Lebanon aboard boats earlier this month, ignoring their claims for asylum while in some instances using violence and coercive tactics, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch accused Cypriot...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 1, 2019 file photo buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. Assange relayed how he “binge-watched” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a U.N. courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founder on several occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extradition hearing Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Assange 'binge-watched' suicide of ex-Bosnian Croat general

Sep. 24, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Julian Assange relayed how he “binge-watched” the suicide of the former Bosnian Croat general in a U.N. courtroom three years ago, a doctor who visited the WikiLeaks founder on several occasions while he was in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London told an extradition hearing...

European Council President Charles Michel, center, accompanied by Greek officials, looks at the new temporary refugee camp in Kara Tepe during his visit on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Greece has called on the European Union to jointly run new refugee camps being built on its eastern islands as part of a planned overhaul of the bloc's migration policy. (Dimitris Tosidis/Pool via AP)

Greece wants the EU to help run its island migrant camps

Sep. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — The Greek government on Tuesday urged the European Union to jointly run new refugee camps on Greece's eastern islands as part of an overhaul of the EU's migration policies. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made the proposal at an Athens meeting with European Council...

Migrants arrive at a temporary camp near Mytilene town, on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. Greek authorities have been scrambling to find a way to house more than 12,000 people left in need of emergency shelter on the island after the fires deliberately set on Tuesday and Wednesday night gutted the Moria refugee camp. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Some migrants move into tents after fire guts Greek camp

Sep. 12, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MORIA, Lesbos (AP) — Some asylum-seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos moved into temporary tent housing Saturday, part of the thousands left homeless after fires destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria migrant camp. More than 100 people moved into the new camp built with UNHCR tents after first...

Danes tap migration envoy as EU eyes asylum system reforms

Sep. 10, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish government on Thursday appointed an envoy to “help open doors” for a new approach on migration to Europe and to “ensure that real refugees are helped faster and better in the surrounding areas.” The move comes as the European Union's...

Migrants flee from the Moria refugee camp during a second fire, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece's notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. The fires caused no injuries, but they renewed criticism of Europe's migration policy. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

New fire breaks out in crowded refugee camp on Greek island

Sep. 9, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Fire struck again Wednesday night in Greece's notoriously overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, a day after a blaze swept through it and left thousands in need of emergency shelter. The fires caused no injuries, but they renewed criticism of Europe’s migration...

FILE - Medical staff of the National Health Organization (EODY) conduct tests for the new coronavirus from migrants in Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. A major testing and contact-tracing operation at Greece's largest migrant camp on the eastern island of Lesbos has so far detected 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection among the 12,500 people living in the overcrowded facility, officials said on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas, File)

Flurry of tests as COVID hits Greece's biggest migrant camp

Sep. 8, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A major testing and contact-tracing operation at Greece's largest migrant camp on the eastern island of Lesbos has so far detected 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the overcrowded facility's 12,500 residents, authorities said Tuesday. Health and migration ministry officials said...

FILE - In this Wednesday May 1, 2019 file photo buildings are reflected in the window as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is taken from court, where he appeared on charges of jumping British bail seven years ago, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Timeline of Julian Assange's legal battles over past decade

Sep. 7, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The extradition hearing of Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, opened in London on Monday, the latest development in a long legal saga. Here is a look at key events. — August 2010: Swedish prosecutors issue arrest warrant for Assange based on one woman’s...