The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer … Read more

Infantino scolds World Cup critics in extraordinary diatribe

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Gianni Infantino said he feels gay. That he feels like a woman. That he feels like a migrant worker. He lectured Europeans for criticizing Qatar’s human rights record and defended the host country’s last-minute decision to ban beer from World Cup stadiums. The FIFA president delivered a one-hour tirade on the … Read more

A ‘barbed wire curtain’ rises in Europe amid war in Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The long border between Finland and Russia runs through thick forests and is marked only by wooden posts with low fences meant to stop stray cattle. Soon, a stronger, higher fence will be erected on parts of the border. Earlier this month, Polish soldiers began laying coils of razor wire on … Read more

Stranded migrants disembark in Italy as one ship heads to France Migration News

The remaining passengers on two humanitarian ships that Italy had initially refused to take in have been allowed to disembark, as another vessel carrying 234 people headed to France in the hope of a safe port. The Ocean Viking, operated by the European organization SOS Mediterranee, left Sicily for the French island of Corsica on … Read more

Nearly 1,000 migrants stranded on board NGO ships as storm hits | Migration News

Three charity-run vessels in the Mediterranean Sea are awaiting permission to disembark in Italy or Malta, as those on board need urgent assistance amid dwindling supplies and worsening weather conditions. The vessels operated by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF), SOS Mediterranee and SOS Humanity, have been at sea for more than a … Read more

Sweden’s top diplomat: We’ll fulfill deal with Turkey on NATO

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s center-right government will fulfill all requirements under a deal with Turkey to join NATO and will concentrate external relations to its immediate neighborhood while dropping the previous administration’s “feminist foreign policy,” the country’s top diplomat said Monday. Foreign Minister Tobias Billström said the new government shares Turkey’s concern about the Kurdistan … Read more

More than 100 Haitian migrants found on island near Puerto Rico | Migration News

Group found on uninhabited Mona Island, which smugglers use as a drop-off point for vessels leaving the Dominican Republic. More than 100 Haitian migrants have been found on an uninhabited island near Puerto Rico, United States authorities said, as Haiti continues to reel from a humanitarian crisis brought on by surging gang violence. Park rangers … Read more

‘My life’s empty’: Father who lost family in Lebanon boat tragedy | Migration News

Nahr al-Bared, Lebanon – The road leading up to Mohamed Fares’s house follows the shore of the turquoise blue Mediterranean Sea, the same waters where his wife and three children drowned on September 23. Mohamad is one of the few survivors of the boat he and his family were on. It capsized off the coast … Read more

‘Bodies everywhere’: Survivors recount Lebanon boat disaster | Migration News

Speaking from a hospital bed, still in shock, Ibrahim Mansour, one of 20 people who survived one of the deadliest boat disasters in the Eastern Mediterranean, says he can’t forgive himself for not saving others. More than 150 people were on board the small boat that sailed from crisis-hit Lebanon on Wednesday morning, with the … Read more

Syrian official says so far, 77 dead in migrant boat sinking

ARIDA BORDER CROSSING, Lebanon (AP) — At least 77 people were killed when a boat carrying migrants from Lebanon sank off Syria this week, the country’s health minister said Friday, amid fears the death toll could be far higher. The incident was deadliest so far as a surging number of Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinians have … Read more