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EU illegal migrants hit five-year low as Spain becomes main gateway Europe

EU illegal migrants hit five-year low as Spain becomes main gateway EuropeThe European Union has recorded the lowest number of migrant arrivals in five years, following moves to curb crossings to Italy and Greece, new figures have shown. But figures published by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) showed that while overall illegal migration to the EU has fallen to 150,000 a record number were now arriving in Spain. “The number of irregular migrants using the Western Mediterranean route to reach Europe doubled for the second year in a row to 57,000, making it the most active migratory route in 2018,” the agency said in a statement. It means Spain is the new gateway into Europe for migrants, overtaking Greece and Italy, with arrivals more than doubling from the 2017 total of 22,414. Some 769 people died attempting to reach the Spanish coast in 2018, many in barely seaworthy boats. The pace shows little sign of slowing, with Spain rescuing 401 migrants from the Mediterranean in the first two days of 2019, even though overall migration figures have fallen significantly across Europe. The EU received about half as many illegal migrants in 2018 than at the peak of the migration crisis in 2015, mainly due to a “dramatic fall in the number of migrants taking the Central Mediterranean route to Italy”, according to Frontex. Italy, which registered a drop of 80 per cent, has taken a significantly harsher tone on migration under its populist government, sworn in at the beginning of June.  Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini stands next to a sniper rifle during an event involving the state police SWAT team in Rome Credit: Reuters In mid-June, Matteo Salvini, the country’s hardline Interior Minister refused entry to the migrant NGO rescue-ship Aquarius which had 629 illegal migrants on board. The ship, also refused entry by Malta, was eventually allowed to dock in Valencia by Spain’s recently installed left-wing Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in one of his first big tests in the role. “It is our obligation to help avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,” Mr Sánchez said at the time. Spain’s growing migrant numbers have drawn criticism at home, bolstering the far-right party Vox who won a surprise 12 seats in Andalusia’s recent elections after campaigning on an anti-immigrant platform. On Saturday, Spanish right-wing newspaper ABC blamed the rise in migrant numbers on “the Sánchez effect”.



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Trump Lawyer’s Main Argument Why You Shouldn’t Believe Michael Cohen: He Is A Liar

Trump Lawyer’s Main Argument Why You Shouldn’t Believe Michael Cohen: He Is A LiarWASHINGTON ― Donald Trump in two years has distinguished himself as likely the



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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials

Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officialsCherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometers from where he launched his attack on Tuesday. Chekatt was killed after firing on police officers, who returned fire, one of the sources said. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him.



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Netanyahu's main coalition partner pushes for early election

Netanyahu's main coalition partner pushes for early electionJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel moved closer to early elections Friday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main coalition partner, the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, said it wants a vote "as soon as possible," and will press for consultations on a date on Sunday.



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Main California highway closed by fire until declared safe

Main California highway closed by fire until declared safeSHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Interstate 5 usually swarms with trucks and traffic as it winds its way through California.



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India arrests main suspect in gang rape-murder

India arrests main suspect in gang rape-murderIndian police have arrested the chief suspect in a case of gang rape and murder, in which a girl was burnt to death in front of her family. In another gruesome case that has rocked the country, 18 men are wanted over the death of a 16-year-old girl in the hill state of Jharkhand. The case comes amid public outrage in india over the treatment of women and children in light of several high-profile rape cases, starting with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kashmir.  In response to protests across the country and calls for stricter laws, the government announced last month that it would be introducing the death penalty for convicted child rapists. Minimum sentencing terms have also been raised and provisos issued that no rape case should take more than two months to prosecute.  Sixteen suspects have been arrested in the Jharkhand case, with two more wanted, according to police, at a village in the district of Chatra. "No one involved in the incident will be spared. We will provide security to family members till they feel secure," Shambhu Thakur, Inspector General of Chatra Police, told reporters. Three were arrested on Friday night, while 11 others were held on Saturday, he said, with two more on Sunday.  Insp Gen Thajkur added that the arrested include two village council members – Mukhiya Tileshwari Devi and Panchahyat Samiti.  Indian relatives mourn following the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl on May 3, at Raja Kundra Village in Chatra district Senior police and state officials have descended on the village of Rajakendua, 100 miles from the state capital of Ranchi, after the horrific case made national headlines. The girl was allegedly abducted by four young men from near her house and raped, while the rest of the family had gone to attend a wedding party, said police. The incident was raised at the village Panchayat (elders’ council) on Friday morning, and the tribal chiefs told the accused to pay Rs 50,000 (£488) to the victim’s family as restitution. Enraged over the Panchayat verdict, the four youths allegedly went to the house of the girl, assaulted family members and burnt her to death, say police. Police mobilised into action when the state’s Chief Minister, Raghubar Das, tweeted and expressed grief over the incident. Mr Das also assured people that no one involved in the incident would be spared. Action will also be taken against the village leaders for mishandling such a serious matter, police said. The state administration also announced a financial support of Rs 250,000 to the victim's family.



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India police arrest main suspect after teen raped, burned alive

India police arrest main suspect after teen raped, burned aliveIndian police said Sunday they have arrested the main suspect in the latest gang rape-murder to shock the country as protests took place over a separate high-profile sexual assault case. The rape of a 16-year-old who was later burned alive in the eastern state of Jharkhand is just the latest to have shone a spotlight on how India handles sexual violence cases. The accused Dhanu Bhuiyan was found at a relative’s house where he was hiding after he and accomplices allegedly burned the girl alive Friday.



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Water main break floods terminal, delays flights at New York's JFK Airport

Water main break floods terminal, delays flights at New York's JFK AirportA water main break flooded a baggage claim area at New York's JFK International Airport on Sunday afternoon, delaying international fights into Terminal 4 and soaking luggage.



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Abortion Isn’t Main Reason More Republicans Still Won’t Back Doug Jones, New Poll Finds

Abortion Isn’t Main Reason More Republicans Still Won’t Back Doug Jones, New Poll FindsAside from the sexual misconduct allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore, one of the top issues in the Alabama Senate race has been abortion.



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SUVs are main attraction at L.A. Auto Show

SUVs are main attraction at L.A. Auto ShowLOS ANGELES (AP) — The floor at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show will look a lot like America's roads: full of SUVs.



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