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Spanish police arrest 15 men for smuggling migrants on the back of jet-skis near Marbella

Spanish police arrest 15 men for smuggling migrants on the back of jet-skis near Marbella

Go Pro footage has been released showing traffickers smuggling as many migrants as possible onto the back of jet-skis
Buildings surround the Hallgrimskirkja tower in the Icelandic capital on April 7, 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis

The country's government is only obliged to take in 50 asylum seekers a year, according to a humanitarian quota

Migrant crisis: Asylum seekers using bikes to enter Europe at remote Norway border post

151 people have crossed the border this year near the town of Kirkenes

Cyprus summit: After decades of division, are Greek and Turkish Cypriots now on the brink of a deal?

Greek and Turkish Cypriots are pushing to reimagine their country while old enmities fade, and have high hopes as their leaders meet today

Auschwitz caretakers defend use of misting hoses at former concentration camp

Auschwitz museum defends mist showers installed during heat wave after visitor complains they are reminiscent of gas chambers

The showers were installed due to a heatwave gripping Poland

Railway guards patrolling tracks to prevent gold hunters and history buffs from getting harmed by passing trains near the site where two men allegedly found a Nazi gold train hidden underground near Walbrzych, Poland, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. Authorities have ordered visitors barred from the area for safety reasons.

Nazi 'gold train': Fire engulfs suspected location of vehicle in Poland

The train is rumoured to contain armaments and valuables

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo compared Spanish tactics to those used before World War II

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever' - the Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'

As Spanish nationalists rattle their sabres, the Rock's Chief Minister tells Alistair Dawber the debate is over

Ukraine policeman killed and at least 100 injured in Kiev as rebels throw petrol bombs and grenades at parliament building

It followed a vote to give pro-Russian rebels in the east further autonomy

A tunnel system built by the Nazis in Poland. According to Polish lore, a Nazi train loaded with gold and weapons vanished into a mountain at the end of the Second World War

Polish backtrack over WWII Nazi gold train discovery

Minister had said he was "more than 99% certain that this train exists"

Refugees crossing border into Norway 'on bicycles' to exploit legal loophole

Refugees are reportedly using bicycles to cross the Arctic border into Norway to exploit a legal loophole in the country's immigration controls.

Migrants attend a mass in a makeshift church built in the migrant camp in Calais

Migrant crisis: France to build 'humanitarian' camp for Calais asylum seekers with €5m EU aid

Tented encampment for 1,500 people will replace 'jungle' of makeshift shelters

Migrants who have just crossed the border from Serbia into Hungary walk along a railway track that joins the two countries

Suspected people smugglers arrested on Austrian border as 200 migrants recovered in one night

The recovery follows the deaths of 71 refugees in the back of a van

Medical cannabis company sells its first marijuana pills

Research has shown that ingredients can help with chronic pain, cancer, anxiety, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, sleep disorders and more, company claims

Ferry services at Calais have resumed following fresh protests by former workers of MyFeryLink. Pictured is a MyFerryLink boat as it docks in Calais in July

Ferry services to and from Calais resume after thousands are held up by blockade

For the past two months there have been sporadic closures of the port at Calais in protest against the closure of MyFerryLink

The ferry Eleftherios Venizelos

Calais blockade disrupts Channel ferry services

P&O Ferries said the Calais port was closed due to action by former MyFerryLink staff, who staged wildcat strikes  this summer

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Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
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Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

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