A Syrian man and his child board a ferry traveling to Athens, at the port of Lesbos Island, Greece, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.(AP/Santi Palacios)
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Fresh clashes erupted between police and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos Monday night, which authorities said was "on the verge of explosion," as Britain and France pledged to accept tens of thousands more refugees from the record influx.As European Union leaders stepped up efforts to tackle the largest migrant crisis since World War II, France said it would take 24,000 more asylum-seekers under a plan to relocate 120,000 refugees from hard-hit frontline countries.British Prime Minister David Cameron said his country would also do more, taking in 20,000 Syrian refugees from overflowing camps near the war-torn country's borders over the next five years. On the bloc's borders, the poor and desperate kept coming, both along the land corridor through Turkey and the Balkans and on overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean on journeys that have left 2,800 dead or missing this year.Libyan coastguards said they had rescued more than 120 migrants aboard a rubber dinghy en route to Europe, adding to the 366,402 people the United Nations estimates have crossed the Mediterranean this year -- around half of them Syrians. In Hungary, 200 migrants tramping along a motorway towards Budapest were persuaded to return to a registration camp for asylum-seekers after a crowd burst through a police line at a refugee collection point at Roszke near the Serbian border.
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