Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers Jul 13, 2020 0 675 12345 AFPCalaisThe interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the “unsustainable” numbers crossing the Channel illegally.France’s new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and his British counterpart Priti Patel met on Sunday in Calais in northern France, a regio where migrants have traditionally gathered in a bid to find a way to get to Britain.“We signed a new agreement to create a joint intelligence cell which will crack down on gangs behind vile people smuggling operation,” Patel wrote on Twitter after the meeting.She said they had discussed “the unsustainable levels of illegal migration across the Channel.” The Franco-British unit will allow services to share intelligence quickly and will consist of six British and six French police officers based in Coquelles outside Calais, Darmanin told reporters.Traffickers “are those who take advantage of the human distress of people who want to cross the English Channel and who, no doubt, are not being punished sufficiently at the moment,” said Darmanin. Channel crossing attempts have increased over the last year despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures.“Together, we must strengthen our security cooperation, in particular in fight against the illegal crossings of the English Channel by migrants risking their lives,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter as he hosted Patel. RELATED ARTICLES Polarised Poles vote in tight presidential election Jul 13, 2020 0 687 US presses again for school reopening despite virus risks Jul 13, 2020 0 2058 Trump finally dons mask as global infections gather pace Jul 13, 2020 0 989 Berlin grants clubs €81,000 lifeline BERLIN: Berlin’s clubs and concert halls, closed for four months due to the coronavirus, have received an average of 81,000 euros each in aid from the city, according to figures published on Sunday by the daily .. UK Labour joins Facebook ad boycott over hateful content AFP London Britain’s main opposition Labour party said on Sunday it has joined a Facebook advertising boycott over allegations that the social network has failed to sufficiently curb hateful content. Hundreds of .. COVID-19 cases on sharp rise since start of July: AFP tally AFP Paris The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 565,000 people out of nearly 13 million registered cases worldwide, has been accelerating sharply since the start of July, according to a count carried out .. Spain’s Catalonia orders reconfinement of Lerida residents as virus cases spike AFP Madrid The government of Spain’s Catalonia region on Sunday ordered residents in and around the northeastern town of Lerida to go back into home confinement as cases of coronavirus spiked. “The people must stay at .. Bulgaria re-opens night clubs as virus infection cases surge SOFIA: Night clubs and discos in Bulgaria will be allowed to re-open, the health ministry announced on Sunday, just three days after ordering all inside bars shut and despite a continuing rise in coronavirus cases in the .. Top US health official wants ‘everything on the table’ to contain virus WASHINGTON: A top US health official said on Sunday that with deaths from COVID-19 expected to continue rising in coming weeks, “everything should be on the table,” including renewed lockdowns in hard-hit states. ..