European ministers hold talks on stemming tide of migrants

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LORIENT, France: Defense ministers from five European Union countries will meet Sunday for talks on a military campaign to stop human trafficking and reinforce the region’s defenses against the flow of migrants from North Africa. Officials from France, Germany, Poland, Italy and Spain will use events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Lorient, western France, to discuss how to battle the new threat facing Europe that has already cost thousands of lives. After some of the most deadly migrant shipwrecks ever seen in the Mediterranean this year, the ministers “will examine possible options for European [military]action,” according to the French defense ministry. More than 5,000 refugees have died over the past 18 months as boats operated by smugglers have capsized off Libya’s coast, triggering alarm among European leaders seeking to halt the flow.

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