European mass migration crisis

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, right, speaks during a media conference in Brussels. The U.N. General Assembly has endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary. Guterres welcomed the resolution's adoption, saying the compact provides a platform for international cooperation that points the way "toward humane and sensible action to benefit countries of origin, transit and destination as well as migrants themselves." (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
December 19, 2018 - 8:22 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary. The Global Compact for Migration, the first international document dealing with the issue, is not...
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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons, in London, Wednesday Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
December 19, 2018 - 2:57 pm
LONDON (AP) — The European Union marked 100 days until Brexit on Wednesday by triggering an action plan to ensure planes can still fly and money can still flow between Britain and the bloc in the increasingly likely event that the U.K. leaves the EU without a divorce deal. The British government,...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, Tumso Abdurakhmanov, the 32-year-old Chechen video blogger, holds a letter from Interpol during an interview with The Associated Press somewhere in Poland. Abdurakhmanov, a critic of the Chechen ruler, faces deportation from Poland as European nations become increasingly wary of sheltering refugees from Chechnya. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)
December 19, 2018 - 4:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A gravelly voice rings out from the phone's loudspeaker: "Aren't you scared of me?" The man on the screen, 32-year-old Chechen video blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov, frowns. "I'm not scared of people like you," he says, looking into the camera. "But you people are cruel, so I'm always on...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced his resignation in address at parliament, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, and says he will notify the king. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, FILE)
December 18, 2018 - 3:46 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest coalition party quit over Michel's support for a United Nations compact on international migration. "I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now...
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December 18, 2018 - 1:01 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 7:45 p.m. An international rights watchdog has accused Greek authorities of violently forcing back migrants who tried to illegally enter Greece from neighboring Turkey. A Human Rights Watch statement has urged Greece to...
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December 18, 2018 - 12:42 pm
PARIS (AP) — Interpol says a police operation targeting migrant smugglers has led to the arrest of 49 people across the Americas. According to the international police organization, the arrests took place during four days of "coordinated action" in 11 countries. Interpol secretary general Jurgen...
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December 18, 2018 - 7:09 am
PARIS (AP) — French officials say that nine migrants, including a woman and child, have been rescued off the coast of Dunkirk after two distress calls from their small boat as they tried to sneak to Britain. French maritime authorities in charge of the English Channel area said the migrants were...
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Pope Francis is caressed by a child during an audience with children and family from the dispensary of Santa Marta, a Vatican charity that offers special help to mothers and children in need, in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
December 18, 2018 - 5:02 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis says political speeches that harangue migrants and the poor are "unacceptable." Francis issued his annual peace message, which was dedicated this year to the need for politics to promote peace. In listing the virtues and vices of politics, Francis said nationalism...
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December 18, 2018 - 3:49 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's highest court has thrown out complaints from the far-right Alternative for Germany party claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of migrants was a constitutional violation. The party, known as AfD, argued that Merkel's decision not...
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December 17, 2018 - 10:55 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With only the United States and Hungary voting no, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact Monday that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world's more than 25 million refugees live. The Global Compact on Refugees also...
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