ISIS may be active in refugee camps: German ministe

Islamic State militants have been sneaking into Germany mingling with tens of thousands of asylum-seekers arriving in this country, according to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.

Angela Merkel to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize?
Angela Merkel to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel could win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, the influential Bild newspaper said on Friday, as the leader is lauded worldwide for her courage in opening her country's doors to refugees fleeing war and persecution.

Police clear migrant camp on France-Italy border

 Italian police cleared a camp of migrants and activists from the border of France and Italy on Wednesday with the occupants hiding in a nearby rocky area to avoid arrest, an AFP journalist said.

High rate of civilian deaths in Syria fuelling refugee crisis: Study

A quarter of the more than 200,000 civilians killed in Syria`s conflict since 2011 have been women and children, and the high rate of non-combatant deaths has likely fuelled the refugee crisis, a study released on Wednesday said.

Austria may opt to close border on increased refugees

Border closure would be an option in case of congested refugees in Austria on their way to Germany, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner has said.

Europe`s migrant crisis, Syria in the UN spotlight

 The war in Syria and Europe`s migration crisis take centre stage at the United Nations on Wednesday as world leaders work to overcome deep divisions over how to confront the turmoil.

"This speeds up procedure" - how Hungary expels migrants

The court in the southern Hungarian town of Szeged has shelved other criminal cases and is handing down fast-track verdicts punishing migrants for unlawfully crossing a razor-wire fence that lines the border with Serbia.

Germany beefs up asylum rules as half a million cross Mediterranean

 Germany toughened rules Tuesday for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggled to cope with a record surge in migrants, with those crossing the Mediterranean exceeding the half a million mark.

German sailors work round the clock to rescue migrants

On the hunt for people-smugglers in the Mediterranean, a German Navy ship is sailing off the coast of Libya when it gets a report of an unidentified boat adrift.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s welcome to refugees sparks conservative backlash

German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s bold open-door policy for refugees has sparked a backlash in her conservative ranks, and a rare dip in her usually sky-high popularity ratings.

Turkey won`t host `inhumane` migrant processing centre: PM Ahmet Davutoglu

 Turkey`s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday ruled out creating a processing centre for the thousands of mostly Syrian migrants trying to enter Europe from Turkish territory, calling instead for them to be hosted in "safe zones" inside Syria.

Angela Merkel seeks German unity on migrant crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday urged Germans to bring back the spirit of the country`s reunification in 1990 to help face today`s challenge of integrating hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants.

Don`t let Muslim migrants in, says Bulgaria`s Orthodox Church

 Bulgaria`s Orthodox Church has called on its government not to let any more Muslim refugees into the country to prevent an "invasion".

Hungary removes razor fence from Slovenian border

Hungary removed several hundred metres of razor wire fence from the Slovenian border after its official expression of "not planning to build a fence on the Slovenian border".

Montenegro prepares for migrants influx

Montenegro is preparing for the likely influx of migrants from Syria and beyond as they carve out a new path on their journey to Western Europe, the government said Friday.

Sweden coping with refugee inflow, may use prisons as housing

Sweden could use empty prisons and army barracks as emergency shelter for record numbers of refugees arriving in the Nordic country, the government said on Friday.

Many migrants falsely claim to be Syrians: Germany

Germany estimates that 30 percent of incoming migrants claiming to be citizens of war-torn Syria are in fact from other countries, an Interior Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Russian border guards laugh as Syrian wobbles his bike to asylum

Russian border guards broke out laughing when Syrian refugee Wassem Khatib wobbled on a child`s bicycle towards a remote Arctic frontier post - struggling with a guitar, a rucksack and a heavy suitcase - to seek asylum in neighbouring Norway.

UN sees refugee flow to Europe growing, plans for big Iraq displacement

 Amin Awad, regional refugee coordinator for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, said on Friday he did not expect the flow of about 8,000 refugees per day into Europe to abate, and warned that it could be "the tip of the iceberg".

Finnish government condemns racist attack on refugees

Finland`s government condemned a racist protest in which demonstrators -- including one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit -- attacked a bus transporting asylum seekers in the early hours of Friday.