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  • EU ministers to talk security in Paris after train attack

    European ministers gathered in Paris on Saturday to discuss beefing up security on public transport following last week's foiled jihadist attack on a high-speed train. Prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani over the incident, in which he allegedly stepped out of a toilet…

    AFP23 mins ago
  • Where to house Europe's migrants? Schools, barracks, parks

    PARIS (AP) — With more and more refugees appearing in Europe daily this summer, cities and towns are grappling with a basic but crucial problem: Where can they all sleep?

    Associated Press36 mins ago
  • As asylum-seekers flood in, Germany struggles to house them

    BERLIN (AP) — Twenty-three-year-old Leila, her husband and two small children spent their first week in Germany in a temporary shelter, an austere but desperately needed haven after a traumatic flight from Syria that began when her husband was told to fight for the government.

    Associated Press40 mins ago
  • Correction: France-Stopping the Wolves story

    PARIS (AP) — In a story Aug. 24 about terrorist attacks, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the percentage of attacks for which extremist groups have claimed responsibility. Extremist groups have claimed responsibility for only 35 percent of attacks that can be attributed to them, not 65…

    Associated Press58 mins ago
  • Austria migrant tragedy suspects to appear in court

    Kecskemét (Hungary) (AFP) - Four defendants were to appear in court in Hungary on Saturday over Austria's migrant truck tragedy, as a "horrified and heartbroken" UN chief called for international action to end Europe's refugee crisis. The three Bulgarians and one Afghan in custody over the 71…

    AFP
  • Europe rethinks train security after Americans thwart attack

    PARIS (AP) — European security and transport chiefs are urgently reconsidering train security after American passengers thwarted an Islamic extremist attack on a high-speed trip from Amsterdam to Paris.

    Associated Press
  • Van Gaal dismisses talk of 'easy' Champions League draw

    Louis van Gaal has refused to accept that Manchester United have been fortunate in their Champions League draw and insisted he would take nothing for granted as he prepares for the club’s European return. The English giants, back in Europe’s top competition after a painful one-season absence, were…

    AFP
  • Children among 71 migrants found dead in truck in Austria

    By Karin Strohecker EISENSTADT, Austria (Reuters) - Four children, including a baby girl, were among 71 migrants found dead in a truck on an Austrian highway and several people have been arrested in Hungary in connection with the tragedy, Austrian police said on Friday. An Austrian motorway…

    Reuters
  • Four held over Austria truck tragedy as migrant deaths mount

    Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria. Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were…

    AFP
  • Europe's migrant crisis brings new death by land and sea

    VIENNA (AP) — Death and desperation mounted in Europe's migrant crisis Friday as Austrian police said 71 people appeared to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck, while an estimated 200 people were feared drowned off Libya when two overloaded boats capsized.

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  • Nine hours battling death at sea off the Libyan coast

    Pakistani teenager Shefaz Hamza spent nine hours at sea clinging to the wreckage of a migrant boat that sank off Libya. By the time the coast guard arrived his mother and young sister were dead. Up to 198 other people were saved, including many of Arab and African origin, but dozens of others are…

    AFP
  • Syrians fear for relatives after Austrian migrant tragedy

    By Karin Strohecker and Anna McIntosh VIENNA (Reuters) - Distraught over missing relatives en route from Syria to western Europe, two young men waited anxiously on Friday for news outside Vienna’s forensic department, where some of the bodies of 71 dead migrants found in Austria have been brought.…

    Reuters
  • The Latest: UN chief 'horrified' by latest refugee deaths

    GENEVA (AP) — Here are the latest developments Friday regarding the tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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  • European ministers to talk security in Paris after train attack

    European ministers gather in Paris Saturday for security talks following last week's "targeted and premeditated" jihadist attack on a high-speed train that was foiled by passengers. Prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Moroccan Ayoub El Khazzani over the attack, which saw him step out of a toilet…

    AFP
  • European states to create anti-trafficking taskforce

    Switzerland, Germany and Italy are preparing to launch a joint taskforce to detect and dismantle networks smuggling refugees and migrants into Europe, Swiss authorities said on Friday. The taskforce, which has been in the planning stage for months, will begin working next month, federal police…

    AFP
  • Bodies of 71 migrants who died in truck taken to morgue

    NICKELSDORF, Austria (AP) — An overpowering stench of death came from the truck on Austria's border with Hungary as workers unloaded the bodies of some of the 71 migrants who perished trapped inside the vehicle they hoped would take them to a better life.

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  • Hungary mulls stiff penalties for border jumpers, people smugglers

    Hungary moved Friday to stiffen penalties for illegal border crossing in a new bid to deter the wave of migrants surging into the country in record numbers. Some 140,000 people, the majority from war-torn parts of the Middle East, have been detained by police on the country's southern border with…

    AFP