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David Cameron to send dogs and fences to quell Calais migrant crisis

PM says following Cobra meeting that situation at French end of Channel tunnel is ‘unacceptable’, and MoD land will be used to ease UK congestion

Extra sniffer dogs and fencing will be sent to France to help deal with the Calais migrant crisis, and Ministry of Defence land will be used to ease congestion on the UK side of the Channel tunnel, David Cameron has said.

Speaking in Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, the prime minister said the situation was “unacceptable” and that he would be speaking to the French president, François Hollande, later on Friday.

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Calais migrant crisis: Cameron chairs Cobra meeting as MoD role discussed

French police repel more people trying to get into Eurotunnel, while defence officials reportedly consider opening up land to ease M20 congestion

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David Cameron is to chair a meeting of Britain’s emergency Cobra committee on the migrant crisis at Calais after another night during which police in France blocked people from reaching the Channel tunnel.

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MH370 search: Australia ‘increasingly confident’ debris is from missing jet

Martin Dolan, head of search effort, says wing component found on Reúnion island ‘looks very much like specific part’ of missing Malaysia Airlines jet

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Authorities hunting for missing flight MH370 are “increasingly confident” that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island is from the ill-fated jet, the Australian official leading the search has said.

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Europe could solve the migrant crisis – if it wanted | Daniel Trilling

We face a political choice between treating migrants like toxic waste and offering them sanctuary

It takes about two hours to burn off your fingerprints. You find a piece of metal pipe, stick it in the fire until the end goes red hot, then rub the tips of your fingers quickly but firmly along the glowing end – and repeat. Such is the body’s ability to repair itself, the damage only lasts a few days; but long enough to make it impossible for border police to enter your details into Eurodac, the European Union’s fingerprint database for asylum seekers.

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War weary Syrian refugees plead to cross channel through Eurotunnel at Calais – video

French police form a barrage to block dozens of Syrian refugees from reaching the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais in northern France. The standoff follows the death of a migrant from head injuries suffered attempting to cross the Channel into the UK – the tenth fatality since June. Refugees say they are desperate to reach Britain as they have English language skills but do not speak French or German Continue reading…



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German government accuses news website of treason over leaks

For the first time in more than 50 years journalists are facing treason charges, which is being denounced as an attack on the freedom of the pressGermany has opened a treason investigation into a news website a broadcaster said had reported on plans to…
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Why you won’t catch a British politician at the opera | Martin Kettle

Unlike Angela Merkel, our leaders rarely flaunt their cultural tastes. It’s to the detriment of national life

Last Saturday I sat in something very close to rapture just a few feet away from Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. But Merkel wasn’t making a speech. She wasn’t giving a press conference. And, although I live in hope, she wasn’t giving me an exclusive interview for the Guardian about Britain and the EU either.

Merkel was doing the same thing I was doing. She was at the opera house, listening to Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. And not just in any old opera house. We were at the Bayreuth festival theatre, the legendary Wagner shrine in Bavaria. It was the opening night of the 2015 festival. Merkel was the guest of honour there, as she often is.

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From Putin to Mullah Omar, traces of cold war paranoia still shape our world | Anne McElvoy

East Germany’s Stasi chief Markus Wolf said that in the intelligence world ‘nothing ever goes away’ – he was right

In an interview on Desert Island Discs in 2006, David Cameron told an amusing anecdote about a jaunt to Yalta when he was 19: over lunch in the resort city on the Black Sea, the KGB had “interviewed” the young prime minister-in-waiting with view to future employment. Now Russia’s secret services have taken umbrage at the story: Moscow is as shocked at the allegation as Claude Raynes’s Captain Renault was to find gambling going on in Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca. For suspicious cold war old hands, one detail stands out. Inquiries had been made, sniffed a spokesman, and “no file exists” on the young Dave. Had there been an approach, the source insisted, a record would have been kept.

Of course, Cameron could be hyping a shallow tale. A politician exaggerating for effect? We’re shocked, shocked. But the blanket Russian denial does not stand up either. It was common for eastern bloc services to approach westerners it thought might be worth targeting as agents or sources, without the outcome being documented in the Stygian cellars of files.

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MH370: aircraft debris flown to France for analysis

Expert will try to verify if part came from missing plane that disappeared last year carrying 239 passengers

Aircraft debris found on a French Indian Ocean island has been flown to France for analysis, with a 6ft section of wing appearing to match the model of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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Germans greet influx of refugees with free food and fire bombings

A worrying rise in violent attacks has marred government attempts to integrate asylum-seekers from Syria, Eritrea and the Balkans into villages, towns and cities

Madina Tsyuchuev had dozed off in the early hours of the evening, only to be woken a short while later by the smell of smoke, thick acrid clouds of which were seeping under the front door of her flat.

“My two girls were playing. The smoke was coming through the door,” the 24-year-old said. She rang her husband, Ibragin, who had been visiting a friend with their son. “I rushed home to find burning newspaper in the doorway, and was able to stamp it out with my feet,” the 27-year-old recalls.

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