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EU Migrant Crisis Spills into Greece, Macedonia

Refugees and migrants struggle to board a bus after their arrival from a passenger ship at the port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, Sept. 7, 2015.

Refugees and migrants struggle to board a bus after their arrival from a passenger ship at the port of Piraeus near Athens, Greece, Sept. 7, 2015.

Refugees from Syria and other countries in conflict are making their way from Hungary to Germany and other parts of Western Europe. But thousands more are trapped in Greece and Macedonia, with no idea when they can move on.

The United Nations refugee agency says about 30,000 migrants have arrived in Greece. U.N. officials also reported that 7,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. All the migrants are waiting to be questioned before they can officially seek asylum.

The Reuters news service says the U.N. refugee agency has made an emergency appeal. The agency reportedly says the number of refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean to Europe will reach 400,000 this year.

On Monday, Germany's Deputy Chancellor told reporters his country will be able to accept as many as 500,000 refugees a year for a few years. Germany has in the past said it expects to take in 800,000 refugees this year.

British defense chief says more Syria strikes possible

Britain said Tuesday it would consider more airstrikes against militants in Syria if they meant stopping likely terror attacks against British interests.

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon made the comments to BBC Radio. He spoke a day after Prime Minister David Cameron reported that Britain's Royal Air Force killed three Islamic State militants in a drone strike last month. Two of those killed were said to be from Britain.

It was the first time that British forces have used a drone, or unmanned aircraft, to attack Islamic State fighters.

Mr. Cameron called the drone strike "an act of self-defense." He also said there was "clear evidence of the individuals in question planning and directing armed attacks against” Britain.

Violence between Turkish military and Kurdish militants continues

Turkish fighter jets carried out more airstrikes against Kurdish militants Tuesday morning.

Turkish officials said more than 40 airplanes took part in six hours of airstrikes in northern Iraq. Turkish state media said the raids killed up to 40 fighters from the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

It was the second night of airstrikes since PKK fighters used roadside bombs to hit military vehicles and kill 16 Turkish soldiers on Sunday. The attack was the deadliest by the PKK since July.

Tuesday, an explosion on a minibus in eastern Turkey killed more than 10 police officers. The Turkish military blamed the PKK for the bombing.

North and South Korea agree to permit family reunions

North and South Korea have agreed to restart a program to permit the reunion of families separated by the Korean War.

An image from Korean reunion meetings held in February of 2014.

An image from Korean reunion meetings held in February of 2014.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said Tuesday the reunions will be held from October 20 through the 26 at Mount Kumgang in North Korea.

North Korean state media confirmed the agreement. Reports said the two sides reached the agreement following negotiations. The talks began Monday and continued through the night.

One hundred people from each country will be chosen to take part in the family reunions. They are the first reunions to be held since February 2014.

Aung San Suu Kyi urges international observation of Myanmar vote

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is calling for international representatives to closely watch her country's general elections in November. The elections will be the first there since the end of military rule in 2011.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner said the vote will be “the first time in decades our people will have a chance to bring about real change.” She made the comments in a video published Tuesday on the Facebook page of her party, the National League for Democracy.

Tuesday marks the official start of the campaign period for the November 8 parliamentary elections. Parliament will then choose a president.

George Grow adapted stories from VOA for Learning English. Mario Ritter was the editor.


Words in This Story

migrants – n. people who go from place to place, especially to find work

drone – n. an aircraft that operates without a pilot

reunions – n. organized gatherings of people who have not been together for a long time

decade – n. a period of 10 years

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