Human Welfare

Migrants are saved, but stranded at sea by Italian politics

Jun 10, 2018

A private rescue ship carrying 629 migrants remains at sea after more than a day of not receiving permission to dock in either Italy or the small Mediterranean island nation of Malta

EU nations split over asylum; 112 migrants die in shipwreck

Jun 5, 2018

European Union countries remained deeply divided Tuesday over how to reform EU rules for managing the influx of refugees and migrants, as U.N. agencies reported an estimated 112 people died over the weekend when a smuggler's boat sank

Italy mayor halts school lunch after suspect food poisoning

Jun 4, 2018

The mayor of the Adriatic city of Pescara has suspended the public school lunch service as a precaution after some 80 children and half a dozen teachers were treated at hospital emergency rooms over the weekend for intestinal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting

Hungary: Aid groups ask government to drop anti-migrant bill

Jun 4, 2018

Hungarian civic groups are asking the government to drop its draft bill seeking to criminalize their work with asylum-seekers and refugees

Populists campaign in Sicily after forming Italy government

Jun 3, 2018

Two days after taking office, the pillars of Italy's first populist government were already campaigning

Danes seek to limit male circumcision to those 18 and over

Jun 2, 2018

A Danish group says a citizens' initiative seeking to set a minimum age of 18 for non-medical male circumcision in Denmark has gathered the required 50,000 signatures to send the proposal to Parliament for debate this year

Hungarian govt looks to Constitution to keep immigrants out

May 29, 2018

The Hungarian government has proposed constitutional amendments and a new law to prevent Hungary "from becoming an immigrant country" by further tightening its policies on accepting refugees and asylum-seekers

The Latest: Germany: Rejected asylum-seeker sets self ablaze

May 29, 2018

German authorities say a rejected asylum-seeker from Iran suffered serious injuries after setting fire to himself at a town office near the southwestern city of Ulm

In hometown of Armenia's new leader, people hope for change

May 13, 2018

In the hometown of the newly-named Armenian prime minister, people see him as a man who was able to articulate their long-simmering anger and can now fulfill their hopes for change

Correction: Western Balkans-Roma story

May 11, 2018

Correction: Western Balkans-Roma story

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