Anders Bach-Vilhelmsen

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Germany raises estimate on refugee arrivals to 800,000 this year

218,221 asylum applications filed in first half of 2015, and government more than doubles forecast for year from original 300,000<p>A record 800,000 asylum seekers and refugees are expected to arrive in Germany this year, four times as many as last year and more than double the number forecast in …

7 dead as 2 planes collide in Slovakia

Seven people died and 15 were missing Thursday when two planes with dozens of parachutists aboard collided in mid-air in Slovakia, according to media reports.<p>The crash happened in the west of the country near the village of Cerveny Kamen. Zuzana Farkasova, a spokeswoman for the Slovak fire service, …

UK in talks with Holland and Belgium to close off new migrant routes to Britain

Theresa May reveals discussions as she insists government measures – including deal that sees British police help French fight smugglers in Calais – are working<p>The British government has opened talks with Belgium and Holland in a bid to head off potential new migrant routes to the UK following an …

Migrant in Greece says they begged for food, water, blankets

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Thousands of migrants reached Greece's main port near Athens on Thursday, with one telling of a perilous journey from Syria dodging armed Turkish border guards and begging for water, food and blankets during her family's quest to reach the safety of Europe.<p>Greece has been …

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