Migrant Crisis: Balkan States Threaten Border Closures

migrant crisisFront line countries in the middle of the migrant crisis have threatened to close their borders, to avoid becoming buffer zones for new arrivals.

Bulgaria Romania and Serbia said they would act if states further north, which migrants hope to reach, close their doors.

The threat came ahead of talks between Balkan states and European Union (EU) members.

Slovenia’s President, Borut Pahor, said his country would “act on its own before it is too late,” if no solution was reached.

Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, had previously refused to rule out building a fence along its border with Croatia.

The International Organization for Migration said that more than 9,000 migrants arrived in Greece everyday last week – the highest rate so far in 2015.

Most of the migrants – including many refugees from the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – want to claim asylum in Germany.

Angry Relatives Of Victims Of Ferry Disaster Confront Officials

South-Korea-Ferry-victims-relativesAnxious and angry relatives of scores of passengers still missing from the South Korean ferry disaster have confronted the Fisheries Minister and the Coastguard Chief.

The pair was surrounded by angry family members in a tent on Jindo Island where the rescue operation is being coordinated.

They spent all of Thursday night trying to explain the search effort.

At least 183 passengers have been confirmed dead, with 121 still missing.

There were 476 people on board, with many trapped inside as the ferry listed and sank within two hours of distress signals being sent. A total of 174 passengers were rescued.

Many of those who died or are presumed dead were students and teachers from Danwon High School, South of Seoul.

On a visit to Seoul on Friday, US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences for South Korea’s “incredible loss” and offered America’s solidarity.

“I can only imagine what the parents are going through at the moment – the incredible heartache,” he said.

Prosecutors are said to be investigating whether modifications made to the ferry made it more unstable.

Factors under consideration include a turn made around the time the ship began to list, as well as wind, ocean currents and the freight it was carrying.

Reports have emerged indicating that the ship’s sleeping cabins were refitted sometime between 2012 and 2013, which experts say may have inadvertently affected the balance of the boat.

Investigators on Friday said that life rafts and escape chutes on a sister ship to a sunken ferry were not working properly.

With bad weather and stronger currents expected at the weekend the government says that it is “mobilising all available resources” towards the rescue effort.

Brazil: Rio Protest Over Transport Fare Rise Ends In Violence

Hundreds of people in Brazil have clashed with Police during a protest against increased fares for public transport.

Commuters were caught up in the violence at Rio de Janeiro’s central station during rush hour.

Riot Police fired tear gas and tried to disperse the crowd, while activists hurled stones and petrol bombs.

A cameraman was in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a head injury.

Six other people were also injured and at least 20 protesters were arrested.

In 2013, similar protests grew into a nationwide movement against corruption and excessive spending ahead of the football World Cup, which Brazil will host in June and July.

France Underestimated C.A.R Hatred

France’s Ambassador to the UN, Gerard Araud, has reported back to the international body, on what he described as the hatred between Christian and Muslim communities in the Central African Republic.

He said communities on both sides want to kill each other, and calls to end the fighting are being ignored.

France already has 1,600 troops on the ground in the C.A.R. That is in addition to the 4,000 troops sent by the African Union.

Nevertheless, more than 1,000 people have died in the violence, which erupted when Seleka rebels seized power in March 2013, and installed Michel Djotodia as the country’s first Muslim leader.

Mr. Djotodia, however, stepped down on Friday, bowing to pressure from regional powers, after they decided he was not doing enough to end the crisis.

The UN warned earlier in the week that the Central African Republic was in a “mega-crisis” and that many in the population were living in fear because of religious and ethnic attacks.