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An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. European Union leaders on Thursday set a six-month deadline for deciding whether to push ahead with plans for a border guard agency that could deploy to member states unable or unwilling to manage their borders as thousands of migrants continue to arrive in Europe daily.

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An Iraqi man disembarks from a dinghy on a beach after his trip with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday

A man hugs a girl on Thursday, after refugees and migrants arrived  on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey. More than 886,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year, according to the latest UN figures.

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A man hugs a girl on Thursday, after refugees and migrants arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey

A girl walks through the water as other migrants and refugees helped by volunteers  to disembark from a small boat after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos  Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Greek authorities say 1,244 refugees and economic migrants have been rescued from frail craft in danger over the past three days in the Aegean Sea, as thousands continue to arrive on the Greek islands

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A girl walks through the water as other migrants and refugees helped by volunteers to disembark from a small boat after their arrival from the Turkish coast on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Monday

Refugees and migrants arrive on a rubber boat on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 13, 2015. Greece pledged On October 10, 2015 during talks with its EU partners to open its first so-called hotspot reception centre on the island of Lesbos within 10 days under EU efforts to better deal with the massive influx of migrants.

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Refugees and migrants arrive on a rubber boat on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on Tuesday

A man carries his child shortly after he arrived, with other refugees and migrants, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on October 12, 2015. Greece was hit by a huge new surge in migrants as the United Nations on October 9 approved a European seize-and-destroy military operation against people smugglers in the Mediterranean.

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A man carries his child shortly after he arrived, with other refugees and migrants, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on Monday

Refugees and migrants arrive at the island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean see from Turkey, Greece, 08 October 2015

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Refugees and migrants arrive at the island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean see from Turkey, Greece, on Thursday

Syrian and Afghan refugees warm themselves and dry their clothes around a fire after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.

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Syrian and Afghan refugees warm themselves and dry their clothes around a fire after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, early Wednesday

A refugee sleeps outside an abandoned building at the port of Mytilini , Lesbos island , Greece on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Austrian Chancellor and the Greek premier  visited Lesbos island Tuesday, to view first-hand the impact of the refugee crisis and tour facilities set up to handle the thousands of people who arrive daily

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A refugee sleeps outside an abandoned building at the port of Mytilini, Lesbos island , Greece on Tuesday

A refugee is helped as she climbs a hill towards the main road after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Friday, Oct. 2 , 2015. The International Organization for Migration says a record number of people have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year.

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A refugee is helped as she climbs a hill towards the main road after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos on Friday

An Afghan girl sheds a tear upon her arrival with other refugees and migrants to the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on September 29, 2015. More than half a million migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year -- 383,000 of them arriving in Greece, the United Nations said

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An Afghan girl sheds a tear upon her arrival with other refugees and migrants to the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on Tuesday

Refugees and migrants arrive on the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on Monday. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the European Union's decision to inject $1 billion to help countries overwhelmed by Syrian refugees, but said more must be done to relocate migrants

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Refugees and migrants arrive on the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on Monday

A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos,  on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the "total chaos" on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed. About 124,000 have arrived this year by sea, many via Turkey, according to Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR director for Europe

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A dinghy with Syrian refugees approaches a beach of the Greek island of Kos, on Friday. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) called on Greece to take control of the “total chaos” on Mediterranean islands, where thousands of migrants have landed

  Migrants gather outside the police station to collect documentation to facilitate their onward journey into Europe on June 01, 2015 in Kos, Greece. Migrants are continuing to arrive on the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey who's shoreline lies approximately 5 Km away. Around 30,000 migrants have entered Greece so far in 2015, with the country calling for more help from its European Union counterparts

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Migrants gather outside the police station to collect documentation to facilitate their onward journey into Europe on Monday in Kos, Greece. Migrants are continuing to arrive on the Greek Island of Kos from Turkey, the shoreline of which is approximately 5km away

An aerial view taken from a sea plane shows Swiss pilot and original Jetman Yves Rossy and Vince Reffett flying over Dubai's Palm Island...An aerial view taken from a sea plane shows Swiss pilot and original Jetman Yves Rossy (front) and Vince Reffett flying over Dubai's Palm Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 12, 2015

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Swiss pilot and original Jetman Yves Rossy and Vince Reffett flying over Dubai’s Palm Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Tuesday

A migrant and her son leave the immigration centre through a fence on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa February 19, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in southern Italy in unsafe boats, their departure from Libya facilitated by people smugglers operating freely in conditions of near-anarchy

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A migrant and her son leave the immigration centre through a fence on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have arrived in southern Italy in unsafe boats, their departure from Libya facilitated by people smugglers operating freely in conditions of near-anarchy

A newly created small islet near Nishinoshima island of the Ogasawara island chain, 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo.  A new island created by a volcanic eruption off Japan's coast is here to stay -- for now at least, scientists said on December 10, adding the new landmass could withstand erosion for several years.

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An islet near the coast of Japan that was created by a volcanic eruption is here to stay, at least for now, scientists said on Tuesday. The land mass near Nishinoshima island, part of the Ogasawara chain, 1,000 km south of Tokyo, could withstand erosion for several years.

Ground Self-Defense Force troops search for missing people after a landslide on Oshima island, 120 km south of Tokyo on Friday. Japanese coast guard personnel were scouring waters off the coast of a Japanese island where landslides buried houses after a huge typhoon rolled through, as the death toll reached 24.

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Troops on Friday search for missing people after a landslide on Oshima Island, 120 km south of Tokyo. Japanese coast guard personnel were scouring waters off the Japanese island, in the wake of a typhoon, as the death toll reached 24.

Thai workers in protectice clothing clean up crude oil after it was washed ashore at a beach of Ko Samet Island, a popular tourist destination in Rayong province, Thailand, 30 July 2013. An oil spill caused by an offshore pipeline leak on 27 July has released about 50,000 liters of oil into the Gulf of Thailand, which has now reached Samet Island. Thai tourism authorities closed a beach on Ko Samet in the Gulf of Thailand on 29 July after the oil polluted the beach.

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Thai workers in protectice clothing clean up crude oil after it was washed ashore at a beach on Ko Samet Island, a popular tourist destination in Rayong province, Thailand on Tuesday. 

People enjoy the sun amongst the beach chairs at Heringsdorf on Usedom island, Germany.

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Sunbathers relax among the beach chairs at Heringsdorf on Usedom island, Germany.