EU Faces Migrant Crisis of ‘Biblical Proportions’ as Germany Registers 3,500 New Refugees in Just One Day [+video]

Migrants-police-of_3425550nBy Harriet Alexander and James Rothwell. A record 3,500 migrant arrivals have been registered in a southern border region with Austria since Monday morning, German federal police have said.

The arrivals have spiked as passenger trains, each packed with hundreds of refugees, headed from Hungary through Austria into Germany’s southern Bavaria state, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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It was the highest number recorded by any of Germany’s 10 federal police districts since the start of the migrant crisis that is expected to bring 800,000 newcomers to Europe’s top economy this year.

The numbers were registered by the Munich police district, which stretches from the Bavarian state capital down to the Austrian border, between 0600 GMT Monday and 1230 GMT Tuesday, the spokesman told AFP. (Read more from “EU Faces Migrant Crisis of ‘Biblical Proportions’ as Germany Registers 3,500 New Refugees in Just One Day” HERE)

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Canada Officially Enters Recession

By Michel Comte. Reeling from low oil prices, Canada fell into a recession in the first half of the year, government data confirmed Tuesday, putting Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the defensive in the run-up to October elections.

According to Statistics Canada, the economy contracted 0.5 percent in the second quarter after retreating 0.8 percent in the previous three months.

It is Canada’s second recession in seven years and it is the only Group of Seven nation in economic retreat. The figures are the weakest since the 2008 global financial crisis.

The data reflects fears about the health of the global economy as more gloomy evidence emerged of a slowdown in China, a main engine of growth worldwide.

Harper, whose Tories are trailing their rivals in opinion polls ahead of the October 19 election, blamed the overseas turmoil for Canada’s woes, and emphasized an expansion in the economy in June. (Read more from this story HERE)

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