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UK says rising migrant Channel crossings are a ‘major incident’

British interior minister Sajid Javid has said the fast-growing number of would-be immigrants crossing the English Channel from France in dinghies is a “major incident.” Nearly 70 people have been intercepted in the past three days as they try to reach England by crossing one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Javid is also seeking an urgent call with his French counterpart over the weekend, his ministry said. “He has insisted the Home Office treat the situation as a major incident and has ... asked for daily…

Trump says US to start cutting aid as migrant caravan rolls on

TAPACHULA, MEXICO: United States  President Donald Trump said Monday that Washington will start cutting aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as a caravan of thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rolled on regardless toward the US border. Trump kept up his almost-daily Twitter attacks on the approaching caravan, calling it a national emergency and said he had alerted the US border patrol and military. "We will now begin cutting off, or substantially reducing, the massive foreign aid" that the United States provides to…

Trump warns Mexico on migrant caravan, threatens to close border

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would to deploy the US military and close the southern border if Mexico did not move to halt large groups of migrants headed for the United States from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. “I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the US Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump threatened to withhold regional aid as a caravan with several thousand Honduran migrants…

India arrests at least 421 for attacks on migrants after minor’s rape

AHMEDABAD: Indian police said Monday at least 421 people had been arrested in the western state of Gujarat for attacks on migrant workers following the rape of a one-year-old girl. Local officials say hundreds of labourers, mostly from northern Uttar Pradesh and eastern Bihar states, have left the affluent coastal state after several days of violence. The Gujarat government said additional security forces had been deployed, especially to industrial hubs in the north, where many migrant workers live. "The government…

US using DNA tests to reunite children with migrant parents

WASHINGTON: US officials have resorted to DNA testing on up to 3,000 detained children who remain separated from their migrant parents, a top official said Thursday as President Donald Trump's administration struggles to rapidly reunite families at the center of a border crisis. The controversial procedures are part of government efforts to meet rapidly approaching court-imposed deadlines for reuniting children with their parents, and come as the president himself once again demanded swift action by Congress to fix the…

Threat of collapse looms over German coalition after crisis talks fail to resolve migrant row

BERLIN: The threat of collapse still loomed over Germany’s three-month old coalition government on Wednesday after crisis talks into the early hours failed to resolve a row over immigration between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Bavarian allies. The dispute is over plans drawn up by Merkel’s interior minister Horst Seehofer, the head of Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), to send back migrants who have registered in other EU states at the German border. This is anathema to the usually flexible Merkel…

Migrant feud casts shadow as Macron and Merkel seek EU roadmap

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron heads to Germany on Tuesday seeking progress with Chancellor Angela Merkel on elusive eurozone reforms, but the deepening EU rifts over migration threaten to dominate an already daunting agenda. The Franco-German ministerial meeting, being held at the Meseberg castle north of Berlin, is seen as key for forging a consensus ahead of a crunch EU summit on June 28-29. But Italy's refusal last week to allow a ship carrying 630 rescued migrants to dock on its shores has shattered the…