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Migrant crisis: EU leaders vow to triple spending, go after smugglers
Migrant crisis: EU leaders vow to triple spending, go after smugglers

European leaders announced Thursday that they will triple the funding for search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to stop an escalating migrant crisis that has claimed more than 1,700 lives this year. At the end of an emergency summit in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said the plans also included moving to seize and destroy smugglers' vessels before they can be used.  He emphasized that any action would be in keeping with international law and respect human rights. The spending increase for the effort reportedly would raise the alliance's spending to $9.7 million a month. The 28 EU member states also pledged to provide...

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