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Fence-building Hungary defends action over 'brutal threat'

Hungary's prime minister has said eastern European nations are forced to protect themselves from the "brutal threat" of mass migration until the EU organises a united response to the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government has built a fence to keep out refugees on the Serbian border and is rapidly constructing a similar 3.5-metre-high steel fence on the Croatian border.

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'Nearly 40 feared dead' after two boats sink off Greece

A body is carried onto a stretcher after the boats sunk. Credit: APTN

Almost 40 people are feared to have died after two boats sunk off the Greek island of Lesbos.

The people on-board were thought to be refugees trying to reach Europe

A beach is littered with life jackets and other inflatables. Credit: APTN

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