New refugee proposals as photos of drowned Syrian boy shock world

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European leaders, shocked by the horrifying image of a drowned Syrian child, rushed out new proposals Thursday to address the escalating migrant crisis despite deep divisions in the 28-member bloc.

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The heartbreaking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying dead in the surf after the boat taking his family to Greece sank brought home the horror of the refugee crisis — the worst of its kind since World War II.

With tensions growing in Europe over how to handle the situation, France and Germany said they had agreed that the EU should now impose binding quotas on the numbers that member states should take in, having failed to reach such a deal in June. AFP

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