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Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early on June 5, 2022. Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP
Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukr... […]

War, hunger, Covid-19 cast gloomy shadow over Europe

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the list of Europe's woes keeps growing as it battles rising food and energy prices and continued disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
The last Allegro train from St Petersburg in Russia arrives at the central railway station in Finland's capital Helsinki on March 27, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Last EU train out of Russia arrives in Helsinki

Just after 7pm on Sunday, the Allegro express train from St Petersburg pulled into the Finnish capital Helsinki, marking the closure of the last rail link between Russia and the EU
EU border agency Frontex will deploy a surveillance plane "day and night to help the French, Dutch and Belgian police," French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced. Photo: Marc Sanye / AFP
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Surveillance plane to be deployed over Channel to monitor migrants

The EU border agency will deploy a plane 24-hours-a-day over the Channel coast to monitor migrant crossings, France says after pushing European partners for help in cracking down on people-smuggling
Paramedics near the Polish-Belarus border prepare to transport an elderly female member of a Kurdish family from Dohuk, Iraq to the town of Narewka, Poland, on November 9, 2021. Photo: Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
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All roads lead to Belarus on Iraq ‘package deals’

Iraqis willing and able to pay thousands of dollars for would-be "package deals" to the EU via Belarus have several itineraries to choose from. With many stuck at the Belarus-Poland border, AFP spoke to travel agents and migrants
A member of a Kurdish family from Iraq holds a sign calling for asylum as they wait for the border guard patrol near Narewka, Poland, near the Polish-Belarus border on November 9, 2021. Photo: Wojtek Radwanski / AFP
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Five things to know about the Poland-Belarus migrant crisis

An influx of migrants on the border between Poland and Belarus -- the EU's eastern frontier -- has led to an escalating crisis, with concerns growing in Europe. Five things to know about the stand-off
The Massini family from Syria are comforted by an activist (2R) from the Grupa Granica (Border Group) while awaiting transport in the forest near the Polish town of Kleszczele, October 22, 2021
The Massini family from Syria are comfor... […]

‘Lives under threat’: Plight of migrants sparks Polish solidarity

"Everything okay?" a Polish activist asks a Syrian mother whose family has spent a week in the cold, wet woods between Belarus and Poland, among thousands of migrants who have tried to cross to the EU