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Refugees and migrants walk towards a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece, on Monday. Photograph:  Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

A controversial plan to tackle Europe’s refugee crisis has made no immediate impact on numbers of migrants reaching Greece from Turkey, as the Mediter(...)

Maeve Kyle, Ireland’s only woman athlete competing in the Olympic games in Tokyo, says goodbye to her husband, Seán, at Dublin Airport, in 1964 before leaving for Japan. Photo: Dermot Barry

When women first took part in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900, four years after the first modern Olympics in Athens, it was something of a novelty.(...)

Refugees and migrants   after disembarking  at the port of Piraeus, near Athens: Afghans were already excluded from the relocation scheme agreed in October that aims to resettle 160,000   refugees. Photograph: Michalis Karagiannis/Reuters

Eleven years ago, he was a man of influence and power, holding the position of deputy minister for pilgrimage and religious affairs in the Afghan gove(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu (centre) poses with European Union leaders (left to right) Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa, French president Francois Hollande, Finnish prime minister Juha Sipila, European Council president Donald Tusk, Romanian prime minister Dacian Ciolos and German chancellor Angela Merkel, during the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Turkey offered the European Union greater help on Monday to stem a flood of migrants into Europe but demanded more money, faster accession talks and q(...)

 Residents of Idomeni refugee camp. If people’s hopes are finally crushed the reaction here could be violent. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Vans selling fruit, snacks and sim cards do a brisk trade, barbers trim hair and beards, and women neatly arrange their families’ shoes outside their (...)

Migrants and refugees at the terminal in Piraeus port: Greece has developed into a bottleneck as more than 30,000 people try to get farther into the EU. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty

Deliveries were brisk as a steady stream of citizens and trucks bearing recognisable brand names arrived at the rear of E1 terminal building in Piraeu(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk   in Ankara on Thursday.   The number of migrants crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to EU territory remains “far too high”, he said. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

European Council head Donald Tusk has ramped up the rhetoric on the EU’s borders by urging economic migrants to stay at home rather than risk the per(...)

President of the European Council Donald Tusk  and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras after a meeting at the Maximos Mansion in Athens. Photograph: Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

European Council president Donald Tusk told illegal economic migrants on Thursday not to risk their lives or money to make a perilous trip to Europe “(...)

A refugee sits in front of a Greek riot police cordon during a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on Tuesday: the UN has urged  EU member states to respond urgently to Greece’s migrant situation. Photograph:  Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Europe is on the cusp of “a largely self-induced humanitarian crisis” the United Nations refugee agency warned on Tuesday, as it called for EU member(...)

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