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Europe's division over Middle East refugees deepens

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German servicemen assist rescued refugees boarding the frigate Hessen some 130 nautical miles off the Italian Lampedusa island, 8 May 2015
German servicemen assist rescued refugees boarding the frigate Hessen some 130 nautical miles off the Italian Lampedusa island, 8 May 2015 Reuters

The father of a Syrian boy who drowned while trying to cross towards Greece buried his family on Thursday. On Friday, ministers of a divided Europe tried to find a response to the refugee crisis. Hungarian authorities were locked in a stand-off with migrants who left Budapest’s main train station on foot for Austria. Meanwhile, refugees coming out of Syria and who decide not to remain in the crowded Zataari camp in Jordan, Lebanon or Turkey are finding alternative routes to get into the EU.

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