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Germany and partners consider 'transit zones' for refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners have agreed some areas on how to deal with the refugee crisis but need more talks on other points following a meeting, a government spokesman said.

An extra 100,000 migrants and refugees will be taken to welcome centres to ease the crisis, after a deal agreed by European and Balkan state leaders during an emergency summit.

According to the UNHCR, more than 643,000 refugees and migrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe this year, with at least 3,135 known to have died en route.

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Slovenia asks for EU police help as thousands enter country

Slovenia will ask the European Union to send police back-up to help it cope with the thousands of migrants and refugees coming into the country.

President Borut Pahor is to request help from the European Union to protect its border. Credit: Reuters

Around 19,500 have entered Slovenia since Friday after Hungary sealed its southern border with Croatia.

Speaking after a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker, President Borut Pahor said:

We need fast assistance of the European Union. Slovenia will formally ask for additional police forces to guard the border between Slovenia and Croatia and for financial help.

– President Borut Pahor of Slovenia

The country has deployed 140 soldiers to the border to assist police and hasn't ruled out building a fence as part of its efforts to control the influx of migrants.

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