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EU migrant quota plans hit rough water

European Union plans to cope with the vast numbers of migrants risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean to get to Europe appear close to collapse.

A quota system to be imposed on member states stipulating how many refugees each country should accept is rapidly losing support with France now joining the “No” camp.

French President François Hollande made his comments while visiting Germany:

Paris Supermaket Attack Hero Lassana Bathily to Get French Citizenship

PARIS — A Muslim immigrant was set to be granted fast-track French citizenship on Tuesday after he hid several Jewish shoppers in a kosher supermarket during a deadly terrorist siege. Lassana Bathily, who was born in Mali, was working at a Hyper Cacher store on January 9 when it was attacked by Islamist gunman Amedy Coulibaly. Four hostages were killed before police shot Coulibaly dead.

Danger zone: Chasing West Africa’s pirates

Take a boat ride out from the Nigerian port of Lagos and it is easy to see why piracy, sea robbery and other forms of maritime crime are such a problem.

The ocean is swarming with cargo ships, oil tankers, barges and other vessels waiting for permission to enter the overcrowded port.

Great hulks of rusting metal, anchored and sitting low in the water, almost as if they are inviting pirates to sling their ladders over the side and clamber up on board.

"It was 14 August 2014," says Nigerian navigation officer Rotimi George.

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hank you, Mr. Chairman, for your warm words of introduction. I am delighted to serve as the Chairperson of the Informal Working Group which will report to the OSCE’s Security Committee and was established pursuant to PC Decision 1039.

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