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49 migrants found in the hold of a smugglers’ ship north of Libya

The footage, said to be taken in Greece, could not be independently verified

Ophelya Ade came to Germany as a refugee from Ghana

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Angela was named in gratitude to the nation that gave her mother a new home

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The toll of deaths and injuries mean the events are under scrutiny as never before

Children sit in a walkway inside the Samaritan shantytown. Volunteer groups have offered to improve sanitation and safety in the settlement but the council says their plans are not viable

Paris slum the Samaritan has become a battleground for Roma

In a suburb north of Paris is the shantytown known as Samaritan. The council wants to knock it down within days but will not rehouse the 80 mostly Roma families who live there. Amelia Jenne reports from La Courneuve

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Cycling safety protesters in Helsinki knocked over by bus during demonstration

The protest, described as a ‘march on wheels’, had been organised in honour of a fellow cyclist who had died last week after being hit by a car

The Minions' popular weapon, the Fart Gun, was confiscated from a toddler

Toddler has his Minions Fart Gun confiscated at Dublin Airport for posing security 'threat'

The toy gun has a ‘trigger mechanism’ meaning it comes under the list of ‘prohibited items’

Calais migrant crisis: Eurotunnel says break-in attempts down from 2,000 to 150

But the number of attempts to reach Britain is still 'unacceptable'

Passengers rescued by the Italian navy included women and children

Italian navy discovers dozens of bodies while rescuing 320 migrants from overcrowded smugglers' vessel off Libya

Refugees in hold of boat were apparently killed by fuel fumes

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Spaniards may have to go to the polls in November holding their noses

Voters may well back Rajoy for economic reasons, but he must face up to corruption

Pro-Russian rebels in the Donetsk region of Ukraine

Ukraine fears 'big war' as Russia sends in more troops

Rocket attacks and peace-deal violations fuel concerns

Charles Simon claims SNCF has paid him to stay at home for 12 years

French rail worker 'paid £3,550 a month to stay at home and do nothing for 12 years'

Charles Simon claims he was not given a new role by SNCF after he blew the whistle on its subsidiary company in 2003

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, has warned Greece still requires significant debt relief

Greek crisis: IMF urges Europe to provide 'significant' debt relief following new bailout agreement

The International Monetary Fund has said Greece will need debt relief from the Eurozone after a new bailout deal for the debt-ridden country was agreed

The plight of migrants washed up on Lesvos’s beaches has touched visitors

Syrian refugee tells harrowing story of journey to Europe: 'I fell in the sea... I thought I would die'

A Syrian asylum seeker has told how he thought he would die as he struggled to stay afloat for 45 minutes when the dinghy he was packed on with dozens of other migrants started to sink.

The couple posted this picture to Facebook with caption: 'Our barn before firing. 160 years, survived two world wars, refugees granted accommodation, destroyed within 20 minutes'

Anti-Nazi couple's home burnt down in Germany in suspected retaliatory attack

Police investigators say they believe the attack was the work of neo-Nazis and designed to frighten the couple

An injured migrant being put in an ambulance after landing on a rescue boat in Messina, Sicily, on 4 August

Migrants being raped, shot and tortured on desperate journeys to Europe, doctor reveals

'It feels like working in a warzone,' a doctor working in Italy said

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