Europe hails united stand over Russia’s war in Ukraine

PRAGUE (AP) — Leaders across Europe hailed on Thursday their united front against Russia’s war on Ukraine at a summit that also saw the heads of old foes Turkey and Armenia meet face-to-face for the first time since they agreed last year to put decades of bitterness behind them. The inaugural summit of the European … Read more

Greece: 22 dead, dozens missing, after 2 migrant ships sink

KYTHIRA, Greece (AP) — Bodies floated amid splintered wreckage in the wind-tossed waters off a Greek island Thursday as the death toll from the separate sinkings of two migrant boats rose to 22, with many still missing. The vessels went down hundreds of miles apart, in one case prompting a dramatic overnight rescue effort as … 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

As Ukraine worries UN, some leaders rue what’s pushed aside

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In speech after speech, world leaders dwelled on the consuming topic this year’s UN General Assembly meeting: Russia’s war in Ukraine. A few, like Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, produced the world not to forget everything else. He, too, was quick to bring up the biggest military confrontation in Europe since World … Read more

‘Crucial’ vote could move Italy to right; many might boycott

ROME (AP) — Italians will vote on Sunday in what is being billed as a crucial election as Europe reels from repercussions of Russia’s war in Ukraine. For the first time in Italy since the end of World War II, the election could propel a far-right leader into the premiership. Soaring energy costs and quickly … Read more

Right-wing bloc wins narrow majority in Swedish parliament

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A right-wing bloc that includes a nationalist anti-immigration party won a narrow majority in Sweden’s parliament Wednesday. It was a major political shift in the Scandinavian country that had a decades-long history of welcoming refugees, but is grappling with a crime wave linked with immigration. Center-left Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson granted … Read more

Swedish conservatives close to election win amid crime fears

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Near final results in Sweden’s election Sunday show that a bloc of right-wing parties was expected to defeat a left-wing block headed by Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson. The conservative group includes a populist anti-immigration party that made its best ever showing. However, the result was so close that the election authority said … Read more

‘Human crisis’: Chicago seeks help as Texas buses over migrants | Migration News

Chicago says about 125 asylum seekers, many of them families with small children, arrived on board buses from Texas so far. The political battle over the immigration policies of US President Joe Biden’s administration has expanded in recent days, with officials in Chicago asking for asylum and donations to assist with seekers being bused into … Read more

Jamaica sending team to Canada to probe work conditions on farms | Agriculture News

Jamaica has appointed a “special fact-finding team” to investigate the working conditions of Jamaicans on Canadian farms, after workers in the province of Ontario last month that they faced “exploitation at a seismic level“. In a statement shared on social media on Thursday, Jamaica’s Minister of Labor and Social Security Karl Samuda said a six-person … Read more

Over 6.8 million have left Venezuela since 2014 and exodus grows | Migration News

About 6.8 million Venezuelans have left their homeland since an economic crisis took hold in earnest in 2014 for the country of some 28 million people. Most have gone to nearby nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 2.4 million are in Colombia. That huge migration slowed the pandemic cut economic opportunities and … Read more