Immigrants `make up third` of Swiss population

 First and second generation immigrants now make up more than a third of Switzerland`s inhabitants over the age of 15, a significant increase in the past decade, statistics showed Thursday.

German anti-Islam PEGIDA cancels rally over 'IS death threat'

Germany`s anti-Islamic PEGIDA movement said it has cancelled a planned march on Monday, citing a death threat against organisers from the Islamic State jihadist group.

Sweet talk at US Republican retreat, but divisions persist

US House and Senate Republicans huddled Thursday in the famed chocolate town of Hershey, hoping some of the destination`s sweetness rubs off as they struggle to smooth out divisions on vexing issues like immigration.

Barack Obama names two Indian-Americans to key posts

US President Barack Obama has nominated two Indian-Americans to key posts of chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) and member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Immigration `not linked to terrorism but complicates things`: Sarkozy

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday in the wake of Paris terror attacks that immigration, "if it is not linked to terrorism... complicates things".

35,000 protest in Germany against anti-Islamic rallies: Organisers

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets Saturday in the German city of Dresden in a rally against the anti-Islamic marches that are expected to keep growing after this week`s jihadist violence in France.

Immigrants snap up new California driver licenses

Nearly 30,000 motorists applied for driving licences in California on the first weekend of a new law offering them to people in the United States illegally, officials said Monday.

Illegal migration to US by Cubans surges after rapprochement

 The number of Cubans trying to reach the US illegally by sea surged in December, after Havana and Washington announced a landmark rapprochement, the US Coast Guard said.

German anti-migrant march draws highest turnout, opponents rally
German anti-migrant march draws highest turnout, opponents rally

 A record 18,000 people turned out on Monday for an anti-immigrant rally by a right-wing populist movement, ignoring a call by Chancellor Angela Merkel to snub such street protests.

Canada launches new ''Express Entry'' immigration system

Canada started the year 2015 with the launch of a new immigration system that will ease the entry of young migrants with high professional qualifications, a substitute for the highly criticised immigration system that was in effect throughout 2014.

California issues driver licenses for illegal immigrants

 California began issuing driver`s licenses on Friday to people who are in the country illegally, becoming the 10th state in the nation to do so.

`Most Violent` crime drama explores ambition, ethics and love

One of this year`s hottest independent films -- watched closely in the Oscars race -- is the gritty thriller "A Most Violent Year," set in crime-ridden 1981 New York.

At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italy at Christmas

The Italian Navy rescued some 1,300 migrants in several operations late on Christmas Day, among them a Nigerian woman who gave birth on board one of the rescue vessels, local media said Friday.

Woman suspected to be wife of gangster Ravi Pujari detained

Immigration authorities at the international airport here detained a woman and her son suspecting them to be the wife and the son of fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, police said on Tuesday.

Problems faced by Indian crew members in Dubai on the rise

There has been a sharp increase in cases related to problems faced by Indian crew members on the coast of Dubai and Northern Emirates, Indian diplomats here have said, admitting that they have received many SOS calls in the recent past.

Boat migrants died of hypothermia: Italy

Italy`s Navy said on Friday that 17 boat migrants had died of hypothermia and dehydration in an attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe amid a sharp turn in the winter weather.

Swiss voters reject 'green' immigration cap: Initial results

The Swiss rejected three issues put to a popular vote on Sunday, including calls to cap immigration in the name of saving the environment, according to initial results and projections.

Britain to curb EU migrants benefit to reduce immigration

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that immigrants from the EU need to work in Britain for four years so they could claim benefits in the country.


Cameron urges migrant curbs, warns on British EU exit

Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday promised tough curbs on welfare for EU migrants to counter a surge in arrivals and warned European leaders that resistance could put Britain`s EU membership in doubt.

Hashish stash sinks after high sea drama for EU patrol

It`s a tale to make any self-respecting pothead weep.