The Latest: More than 1,000 people rescued from the sea in a single day by Greek coast guard

September 1, 2015 8:50 AM

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Greece's coast guard says it has rescued more than 1,000 migrants and refugees from the sea off the coasts of eastern Aegean islands in a single day, as the flood of people fleeing war and poverty to seek shelter in the European Union continues unabated.

The coast guard said Tuesday it had picked up 1,192 people in 31 separate search and rescue operations from Monday morning to Tuesday morning off the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Agathonissi, Farmakonissi, Kos and Megisti. The numbers do not include hundreds more who reach the islands themselves...

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