Latest European mass migration crisis News

Nobel Prizes awarded in pandemic-curtailed local ceremonies

Dec. 06, 2021 12:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Three 2021 Nobel Prize laureates said Monday that climate change is the biggest threat facing the world — yet they remain optimistic — as this year's winners began receiving their awards at scaled-down local ceremonies adapted for pandemic times. For a second...

Belarus bans Western imports, airlines from EU and UK

Dec. 06, 2021 10:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Monday announced retaliatory restrictions on airlines from the European Union and the U.K., as well as a ban on imports of Western goods from countries that have introduced sanctions against the former Soviet nation. The import ban comes in response...

Slovenia police say man from Bangladesh found dead on border

Dec. 06, 2021 08:51 AM EST

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Police in Slovenia said Monday that a body of a man from Bangladesh has been found near the border with Croatia — an area where migrants cross the border illegally while trying to reach Western Europe. The 31-year-old man’s body has been...

Norwegian team launches jersey to highlight abuses in Qatar

Dec. 06, 2021 07:20 AM EST

TROMSO, Norway (AP) — A Norwegian soccer club collaborated with Amnesty International and a former migrant worker in Qatar to launch a jersey Monday that highlights the human rights violations taking place in the host country of next year’s World Cup. Tromso, a team...

Pope returning home after trip focused on helping migrants

Dec. 06, 2021 06:51 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis ended his visit to Greece on Monday by encouraging its young people to follow their dreams and not be tempted by the consumerist “sirens” of today that promise easy pleasures. Francis briefly struggled to keep his balance on the...

Pope chides Europe, comforts migrants on return to Lesbos

Dec. 05, 2021 11:49 AM EST

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis returned Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos to offer comfort to migrants at a refugee camp and blast what he said was Europe's indifference and self-interest “that condemns to death those on the fringes.” “Please, let us stop...

Belarus alleges airspace violation; Ukraine calls claim fake

Dec. 05, 2021 11:22 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Sunday protested what it said was a Ukrainian helicopter's intrusion into its airspace amid rising tensions between the two neighbors, a claim that Ukraine immediately rejected. The Belarusian Defense Ministry said it summoned a Ukrainian...

From Serbia, Afghan boxers seek refuge, careers in West

Dec. 05, 2021 02:24 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — They practiced in secret and struggled to get to an international tournament in Europe. Now, members of the Afghan national boxing team are seeking refuge in the West, hoping to continue both their careers and their lives without danger or fear. ...

In democracy's birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

Dec. 04, 2021 14:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good rather than narrow, nationalist interests. Arriving in...

Protesting Orthodox priest heckles Pope on Greece visit

Dec. 04, 2021 11:49 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis was heckled by an elderly Greek Orthodox priest on Saturday as he arrived for a meeting with the head of the country’s Orthodox Church, evidence of the lingering distrust between some Orthodox and Catholics 1,200 years after Christianity was cleaved in...