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A migrant hugs his family after safetly arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday. Authorities on the island of Kos have been so overwhelmed that the government sent a ferry to serve as a temporary centre to issue travel documents to Syrian refugees -- among some 7,000 migrants stranded on the island of about 30,000 people. The early hours are the safest time for migrants travelling from Turkey to the Greek islands just across the water, which have seen a huge influx of refugees escaping the civil war in Syria and chaos in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

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A migrant hugs his family after safely arriving to the shores of Kos island from Turkey on Tuesday

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.