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  • FILE In this Oct. 11, 2013 file picture refugees protest during a hunger strike at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. A rights group has accused the European Union of doing more to secure its borders than to help people fleeing war and dire poverty. Human Rights Watch urged the 28-nation bloc Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013 to focus on preventing tragedies such as this month's drowning of hundreds of migrants making their way from Libya to Italy. The New York-based group says many EU policies claim to be abou

    The bloc is using the drowning deaths of people fleeing to Europe as a pretext for ramping up border controls, a human rights group said Wednesday.

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