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  • Austria, Germany open borders to migrants offloaded by Hungary

    By Krisztina Than and Karin Strohecker HEGYESHALOM, Hungary/VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria and Germany threw open their borders to thousands of exhausted migrants on Saturday, bussed to the Hungarian border by a right-wing government that had tried to stop them but was overwhelmed by the sheer…

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  • Exhaustion, elation as 5,000 migrants reach Austria, Germany

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of exhausted, elated people fleeing their Arab and Asian homelands reached their dream destinations of Germany and Austria on Saturday, completing epic journeys by boat, bus, train and foot to escape war and poverty.

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  • Setting up asylum centers outside EU would be tricky: Mogherini

    European Union foreign ministers discussed on Saturday the possibility of setting up EU centers for refugees outside Europe as a way to deal with the migration crisis, but the EU's top diplomat said it would require "enormous resources". Allowing refugees to request asylum in the Middle East and…

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  • Merkel says Germany can cope with refugees without raising taxes

    By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany can cope with a record influx of refugees this year without raising taxes and without jeopardizing its balanced budget, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday. With relatively liberal asylum laws and generous benefits, Germany is the European…

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  • Redmayne brings transgender pioneer's story to screen

    When transgender artist Lili Elbe, played by British actor Eddie Redmayne, utters that line in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl", it is the 1930s and she is in Germany, agreeing to become one of the first people to undergo sex change surgery. The subject of much pre-release excitement, "The King's…

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  • Europe's cordial diplomacy breaks down over migrant crisis

    By Robin Emmott and Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - As European foreign ministers stepped out of their black cars for a weekend gathering in Luxembourg, the conviviality of the previous evening at the Grand Duke's reception evaporated at the news of migrants pouring out of Hungary into…

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  • The Latest: Hungarian PM says migrant crisis not resolved

    The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET):

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  • Austrian far-right leader blames U.S., NATO for migrant crisis

    The leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has blamed the United States and the NATO Western military alliance for triggering the refugee crisis that has overwhelmed Europe. Strache's opposition FPO party, which leads opinion polls ahead of the centrist Social Democrats and People's…

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  • Germany to turn down 75,000 asylum requests as speeds procedures: magazine

    Germany is expected to reject up to 75,000 asylum requests this year by migrants mainly from southeastern Europe, as it speeds up asylum and extradition procedures for those from countries it deems safe to focus on refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq. Der Spiegel magazine said on Saturday…

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  • Madrid donates 1 million euros to refugees

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is donating 1 million euros ($1.1m) to help refugees "taken in by Spain."

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  • A nation divided: Hungarians loathe and help refugees

    By Balazs Koranyi BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Gazing down from the street outside Budapest railway station onto thousands of migrants camped out in an underpass, some locals cursed and even spat on the families below. "Just look at them, they are filthy, God knows what disease they bring, and they want…

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  • 'Wake up call' as thousands of migrants pour into Austria

    Thousands of migrants streamed into Austria from Hungary on Saturday, in what Vienna called a "wake up call" for Europe to get to grips with its biggest refugee influx since World War II. "This has to be an eye opener how messed up the situation in Europe is now," Austrian Foreign Minister…

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  • Austria won't use force to stop refugees: minister

    Austria will not use force to halt thousands of refugees streaming into the country from Hungary, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said on Saturday, appealing to the rest of Europe to help shoulder the burden of the mass influx. "More than 3,000 refugees reached Austria last night. Each…

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  • Italian president calls for shared EU asylum policy

    Italian President Sergio Mattarella called on Saturday for shared asylum rules in the European Union, saying thousands of migrants approaching Europe should not be seen as enemies. Speaking via video link to a conference in northern Italy, Mattarella said he was hopeful the bloc was finally on the…

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  • Finnish PM offers to host refugees at country home

    As Europe continues to grapple with an unprecedented refugee crisis, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila on Saturday offered to host refugees at his country home. Sipila, whose Centre Party is in coalition with the anti-immigrant Finns Party, has repeatedly advocated greater solidarity with those…

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  • France considers air strikes on Islamic State in Syria: Le Monde

    France is considering conducting air strikes on Islamic State in Syria, joining an international coalition led by the United States, Le Monde newspaper said on its website on Saturday, quoting an unnamed "high level source". Government officials declined to comment on the report, saying President…

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  • Merkel: No legal limit to asylum seekers Germany can take

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that her country won't stop anyone from seeking asylum, as thousands of migrants desperate to leave Hungary made their way westward to Germany and Austria.

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