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UN slams migrant ‘detention facilities’ in Greece

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REFUGEE CRISIS. A migrant woman cleans the area around her tent at the Greek-Macedonian border, in Idomeni, Greece, March 21, 2016. Photo by Armando Babani/EPA
The UN refugee agency also suspends some activities in the Greek islands, where thousands of migrants have been arriving

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Migrants keep landing in Greece despite EU-Turkey deal

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People sit in a camp near the Greek-Macedonian border on March 21, 2016. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules

ATHENS, Greece (Mar. 22, 2016) — More than 1,600 migrants have landed in Greece since a landmark EU-Turkey deal on curbing the influx took effect, officials said Monday, March 21, as Greek authorities scramble to implement complex new rules.

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EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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EU leaders push migrant plan ahead of Turkey summit

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A young migrant runs through the refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) near Idomeni, Northern Greece, March 15, 2016. Nake Batev/EPA
EU president Donald Tusk warns that hard work lies ahead to finalize the deal, after Cyprus threatened to derail it over long-standing disagreements with Turkey

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 16, 2016) — European leaders launch a charm offensive to win backing for a migrant deal with Turkey on Wednesday, March 16, seeking to heal rifts between member states on the eve of a key summit with Ankara.

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Suicide car bombing kills 34 in central Ankara

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MANGLED. A destroyed bus is seen in the street after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, March 13, 2016. Stringer/EPA
The blast at a bus stop near Kizilay square is the second major attack in the heart of the Turkish capital in less than a month

ANKARA, Turkey (Mar. 14, 2016) — A suicide car bomb ripped through a busy square in central Ankara on Sunday, March 13, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125, officials said, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks to hit Turkey.

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25 migrants drown off Turkey

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The Turkish coastguard says 10 out of the 25 fatalities were children

ANKARA, Turkey (Mar. 7, 2016) — At least 25 migrants including children died on Sunday, March 6, when their wooden boat capsized in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said.

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US urges Turkey to halt Syria strikes

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The Turkish strikes would likely involve artillery fire from tanks

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Feb. 14, 2016) — The United States pressed Turkey on Saturday, February 13, to halt military strikes on Kurdish and Syrian regime targets Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo, as Ankara weighs a joint ground assault with Saudi troops.

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EU ‘gives Greece 3 months’ to strengthen border against migrants

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‘STRENGTHEN BORDER.’ Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece, the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 13, 2016) — EU member states on Friday, February 12 gave Greece a 3-month ultimatum to remedy “deficiencies” in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

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Thousands brave cold at Turkey border as Syria warns Riyadh, Ankara

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WAITING. Refugees wait for tents as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016, in Bab Al-Salama, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Bulent Kilic/AFP
Turkey’s Oncupinar border crossing reportedly remains closed, as Turkish authorities say they’re working to free up space within existing camps to accommodate new arrivals

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Feb. 6, 2016) — Thousands of Syrians braved the freezing cold at Turkey’s border Saturday, February 6, after fleeing a regime assault that threatens a new humanitarian disaster, as Damascus warned Riyadh and Ankara not to send in troops.

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