Venezuelan migrants' dreams of new life dashed by Ecuador passport rule

Venezuelan migrants' dreams of new life dashed by Ecuador passport ruleThe 50-year-old mechanic fled Venezuela three days ago. Traveling by bus with his fiance Yenny to the border town of Ipiales in southwest Colombia, Malavolta said he heard on the final leg of the trip that their plan had been ruined. As of 12 a.m. on Saturday, new regulations put in place by Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno prohibit Venezuelans from entering Ecuador without a valid passport.


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Italy refuses safe harbor to charity ship carrying migrants

Italy refuses safe harbor to charity ship carrying migrantsThe Aquarius, run by Franco-German charity SOS Mediterranee and Doctors without Borders (MSF), picked up the migrants in two separate operations and is now in international waters between Italy and Malta. The Aquarius spent nine days at sea in June after Rome’s new populist government took office and shut its ports to all humanitarian boats, calling them a “taxi service” and accusing them of helping people smugglers — charges the charities deny. “It can go where it wants, not in Italy!” far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said of the Aquarius on Twitter, mentioning France, Germany, Britain or Malta as destinations.


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Spain and Germany seek EU aid for Morocco over migrants

Spain and Germany seek EU aid for Morocco over migrantsThe leaders of Spain and Germany agreed Saturday to push for greater EU help for countries such as Morocco, a major point of departure for migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe. “Fourteen kilometres separate the coast of Spain — and therefore Europe — from those of North Africa but there is an infinitely greater distance in terms of development,” Spain’s new Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


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