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Right group patrolling the Mediterranean to stop migrants reaching Europe

A group of right activists has hired a boat to patrol the Mediterranean and prevent would-be migrants from reaching Europe. Via: dailymail.co.uk The ‘Defend Europe’ vigilante scheme was announced by anti-immigration campaigners from France, Italy and Germany after they managed to crowdfund the 76,000 euros ($87,000) needed to rent a vessel. The plan aims ‘to expose the true face of so-called humanitarian organisations, their collaboration with smuggling mafias, ...

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‘Record-Breaking’ Number of Migrants Crossing Mediterranean This Easter

An “unprecedented” number of people tried to cross the Mediterranean over the Easter weekend this year, a migrant charity has said. Via:  Nick Hallett  The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said they went to the aid of between 1,500 and 1,800 men, women, and children on seven rubber and two wooden vessels over the weekend, picking up 453 on their ...

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Russia Seeks Another Mediterranean Naval Base in Libya

Russia has been ramping up its involvement in the Libyan sociopolitical crisis, which has been ongoing since the removal of its ruler, Muammar Qaddafi. Russia has been strengthening its ties with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who heads the Libyan National Army.  Via: jcpa.org / Michael Segall Haftar has longstanding ties with Moscow going back to the early 1970s. After Qaddafi’s fall, ...

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Russia Signs Deal for Syrian’s Bases in Tartus and Latakia

Russia signed a long­term agreement on Friday to greatly enlarge its military presence in Syria, more than doubling the space for warships in Russia’s only Mediterranean port and securing rights to an air base that may already be adding a second runway. Via: nytimes.com The agreement covers the port in Tartus and an air base near Latakia, which have been pivotal ...

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EU says member states can start deporting refugees and migrants back to Greece from March

Countries in the EU will be able to return migrants to Greece from mid-March, the European Commission has announced. Brussels hopes the move will help to restore the bloc’s migration policies, which collapsed under a mass influx in 2015. But human rights and refugee agencies have said Greek facilities remain so overcrowded they will simply be unable to cope with ...

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On the Trail of Muslim African Migrant Smugglers

Since 2013, over 10,000 migrants have drowned while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. Behind the deaths lies a multi-million dollar smuggling trade with financial connections to Frankfurt, Italy and Libya. He is the most wanted migrant smuggler in the world but there are no photos of him, only an artist’s rendering that investigators produced. It depicts a heavyset ...

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German ministry wants migrants returned to Africa

The German Interior Ministry wants to stop migrants ever reaching Europe’s Mediterranean coast by picking them up at sea and returning them to Africa, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. In what would be a huge shift for a country with one of the most generous asylum policies, the ministry says the European Union should adopt an Australian-style ...

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Norway integration minister’s Mediterranean stunt backfires

Images of Immigration Minister Sylvi Listhaug floating in the Mediterranean Sea in a survival suit have sparked a social media backlash. Listhaug, a Progress Party member known for her hard-line stance, pulled off the stunt off the coast of Lesbos as a way to familiarize herself with the rescue work carried out by the crew of the Norwegian ship ‘Peter ...

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Greece sells country’s largest port to China

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras(1st L) meets with China COSCO Shipping Chairman Xu Lirong(2nd R) during the agreement signing ceremony for the sale of the majority stake in Piraeus Port Authority(PPA) in Athens, Greece on April 8, 2016 [Xinhua] China has described a deal to sell Greece’s biggest port to Chinese shipping group COSCO as a “win-win” for both countries. ...

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The Latest: More than 2,000 people rescued on Europe gates

A young girl walks past a banner that reads, ”The European Union murderous”, during a march in support of refugees and migrants entering Europe, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, April 11, 2016. (AP Photo/ Alvaro Barrientos) Migrant girls waits on public water pipe to fill water, at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, ...

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