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Germany expects record 'up to 800,000' asylum-seekers this year
Germany expects record 'up to 800,000' asylum-seekers this year

Germany expects to receive up to 800,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, a new record, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said.

Germany expects record 'up to 800,000' asylum-seekers this year
France refuses Assange's 'request' for asylum
France refuses Assange's 'request' for asylum

The French government, reacting to a letter from Julian Assange, said it would not give the WikiLeaks founder asylum, only for his lawyers to claim he had never sought it in the first place.

France refuses Assange's 'request' for asylum
Hungary suspends key EU asylum claim rule
Hungary suspends key EU asylum claim rule

Hungary has indefinitely suspended the application of a key EU asylum rule, which requires a migrant's claim to be processed in the EU country they first arrive in.

Hungary suspends key EU asylum claim rule
Berlin, Paris urge Brussels to rework EU asylum plan
Berlin, Paris urge Brussels to rework EU asylum plan

Germany and France urged the EU to find a fairer way to admit and distribute asylum seekers, as their leaders met the European Commission chief in Berlin.

Berlin, Paris urge Brussels to rework EU asylum plan
'Make them work for free': Italy minister on asylum seekers
'Make them work for free': Italy minister on asylum seekers

Asylum seekers in Italy may have to work for free, Italy's interior minister told local mayors, reminding them of a controversial decree issued several months ago.

'Make them work for free': Italy minister on asylum seekers
Europe-Australia talks over stopping asylum-seeker boats: Abbott
Europe-Australia talks over stopping asylum-seeker boats: Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia and Europe were in talks on how to stop asylum-seeker boats after the success of his government's controversial polices on the issue.

Europe-Australia talks over stopping asylum-seeker boats: Abbott
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Kazakhstan accepts former Guantanamo prisoners on humanitarian grounds

Kazakhstan has accepted five former Guantanamo prisoners seeking asylum in the country. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has praised the move.

Kazakhstan accepts former Guantanamo prisoners on humanitarian grounds
Australia to free some detained asylum-seeker children
Australia to free some detained asylum-seeker children

A number of asylum-seeker children held in Australian mainland detention centres are to be released.

Australia to free some detained asylum-seeker children
Alexandr Pavlov ©interpol.int
Ablyazov's former head of security seeks political asylum in Spain

Mukhtar Ablyazov’s former head of security Alexandr Pavlov has requested a political asylum in Spain.

Ablyazov's former head of security seeks political asylum in Spain
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Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours

The Italian navy on Friday said it had rescued around 2,500 asylum-seekers from 17 boats in the past 24 hours as good weather conditions in the Mediterranean further boost the influx of asylum-seekers trying to reach Europe.

Italian navy rescues 2,500 migrants in 24 hours
Australia's Minister of Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison. ©Reuters/Samsul Said
Six hurt as Australia breaks up immigration camp protest

Australia said Tuesday a week-long protest by asylum-seekers at one of its immigration detention centres had been broken up with six people injured.

Six hurt as Australia breaks up immigration camp protest
Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil
Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil

Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by US authorities and currently living in Russia, said in a TV interview Sunday that he has applied for asylum in Brazil.

Snowden seeks asylum in sunny Brazil
Mukhtar Ablyazov. ©Yaroslav Radlovsky
Fugitive banker Ablyazov eyeing political asylum in France

Fugitive ex-chairman of Kazakhstan-based BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov intends to request a political asylum in France.

Fugitive banker Ablyazov eyeing political asylum in France
©Reuters/Maxim Shemetov
Snowden offers to help Brazil investigate NSA spying

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden offered to help Brazil defeat US spying Tuesday but, in an open letter, said he needs permanent political asylum to do so.

Snowden offers to help Brazil investigate NSA spying
Australia opposition's asylum-seeker plan 'crazy': Indonesian MP
Australia opposition's asylum-seeker plan 'crazy': Indonesian MP

A senior Indonesian lawmaker on Tuesday described as "crazy" a plan by the front-runner for Australia's election to pay Indonesians for unseaworthy boats to stem the flow of asylum-seekers.

Australia opposition's asylum-seeker plan 'crazy': Indonesian MP
Asylum-seeker boat carrying 105 sinking off Australia
Asylum-seeker boat carrying 105 sinking off Australia

A rescue operation was under way Tuesday after an asylum-seeker boat carrying 105 people began sinking north of Australia, two weeks away from an election where boatpeople are a key policy issue.

Asylum-seeker boat carrying 105 sinking off Australia
Obama scraps Moscow summit with Putin
Obama scraps Moscow summit with Putin

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday scrapped a Moscow summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Obama scraps Moscow summit with Putin
Obama 'disappointed' with Russian asylum for Snowden
Obama 'disappointed' with Russian asylum for Snowden

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he was "disappointed" by Russia's decision to grant asylum to Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who leaked details of vast US surveillance programs.

Obama 'disappointed' with Russian asylum for Snowden
US fumes as Russia grants Snowden asylum
US fumes as Russia grants Snowden asylum

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday stepped out of the Moscow airport where he was marooned for over five weeks.

US fumes as Russia grants Snowden asylum
UN concern at Australia's PNG boatpeople plan
UN concern at Australia's PNG boatpeople plan

The United Nations on Friday said it was "troubled" by Australia's decision to send asylum-seekers arriving by boat to Papua New Guinea given conditions there failed to adequately protect refugees.

UN concern at Australia's PNG boatpeople plan