World Bulletin / News Desk
Of the estimated 351,080 migrants and refugees that have already crossed the Mediterranean this year, some 173,571 people have arrived by sea in Italy while 171,875 have landed in Greece as of Sunday, IOM said.
Another 5,445 migrants reportedly landed in Spain, while 189 others landed in southern Cyprus. The latter two figures were last updated Sept. 30, and Nov. 27, respectively.
"The total number of migrant and refugee fatalities in the Mediterranean since the beginning of 2016 is now 4,715. This is 1,148 more deaths than at this point last year, when 3,567 men, women and children were reported drowned through November 30," IOM added.
Of the 4,715 migrants and refugees who lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean, 429 migrants died in the Eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece, according to the latest report.
Some 4,223 people died in the Central Mediterranean route linking north Africa and Italy, while 63 others perished in the Western Mediterranean route linking west Africa to Spain, the report said.
Turkish gendarmes on Tuesday apprehended 116 foreigners suspected of getting ready to illegally migrate from Izmir, Turkey’s western coastal province.
More than a million refugees and migrants traveled from Turkey to Greece last year before an EU-Turkey deal stemmed the flow in March.
The March 18 agreement allows for the return of “irregular migrants” to Turkey from Greece in exchange for Syrian refugees to be relocated within the EU.
Major unions call on their members to disrupt oil transfer after labor reforms were signed last week
There has been a decade-long split between Gaza and the occupied West Bank since 2007
Only 14 lawmakers with Turkish background elected to 709-seat Bundestag, where far-right became third-largest group
Voters in KRG-held areas vote in a controversial referendum on whether to secede from Iraq
Chief imam in the commercial hub of Lago since 2000, Sheikh Garba Akinola-Ibrahim died after a protracted illness
On eve of vote, Haider al-Abadi says Baghdad will not recognize results of controversial Kurdish region referendum
One day before Kurdish region’s independence referendum, KRG's Masoud Barzani reiterates that polls will not be postponed
Conservatives projected to win 33 pct of votes, far-right AfD wins 13.3 pct, set to enter parliament as 3rd-largest party
When the ceasefire was announced in September, President Juan Manuel Santos, also gave the later date. After that, Santos said, it would be extended in line with progress in peace negotiations.
A resident raised the alarm at around 10:30 pm and the bomb squad was on site in the suburb of Lambersart as a precaution.
In the end, her conservatives may be forced into torturous coalition haggling, possibly with their biggest campaign rivals, to stay in power and secure Merkel a fourth term.
Transport for London said the conduct of Uber, which has around 40,000 drivers and 3.5 million customers in the British capital, had raised safety concerns.
Police were called late Saturday to the Stratford Centre near London's Olympic Stadium after a noxious substance was sprayed during an argument between two groups of males.
The protest began on Friday and swelled over the weekend after fruitless negotiations between activists, city authorities and new artistic director Chris Dercon, the former head of London's Tate Modern.
The Times quoted a "Brussels source" in their story on Saturday, but Davis told BBC television that "they sort of made that up."
Iraq’s central government has threatened to intervene militarily if the vote leads to violence