The latest developments as European governments rush to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local (CET):
A Hungarian camerawoman caught on video kicking and tripping migrants near the Serbian border has offered a qualified apology for her behavior.
Petra Laszlo says in the letter published in the daily Magyar Nemzet newspaper that she was “sincerely sorry for what happened,” but addedL “I was scared as they streamed toward me, and then something snapped inside me.”
The 40-year-old was fired by the right-wing N1TV online channel after footage of her kicking and tripping migrants Tuesday near the village of Roszke went viral on social media.
Police questioned Laszlo on suspicion of disorderly conduct Thursday, released her without charge, and say the investigation is continuing.
Bavarian authorities say that more than 40,000 asylum-seekers have arrived at the Munich train station in a six-day span.
Authorities said Friday that from Sept. 5 through Sept. 10, 40,680 refugees and migrants arrived at the station, primarily from Hungary through Austria.
After being registered and given food, water and a medical checkup, the people are generally then sent by train or bus to other parts of the country to be put into temporary shelters as they apply for asylum.
Through Sept. 8 Germany has seen some 450,000 migrants enter the country and is expecting at least 800,000 this year.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, on a rare visit to London to open a major exhibition of his work, says he has been impressed by the German government’s welcoming attitude to refugees and suggested the British government might do more to help.
The artist, who has frequently used his work to criticize injustice in China, said Friday he feels “very proud” of the German response. He said the British people are also very compassionate in their response but that the British government should extend more help.
Prime Minister David Cameron said this week Britain is ready to welcome some 20,000 over the next five years.
Ai said he has some artworks in preparation that will address the refugee crisis.
The governor of Greece’s northern Aegean region says authorities have managed to register 20,000 refugees and migrants who had been on the island of Lesbos in the space of three days, significantly easing the overcrowding on the island.
Regional governor Christiana Kalogirou told private Skai television Friday that the number of refugees and migrants on the island had reached about 30,000. Greece’s caretaker government, appointed about two weeks ago to lead the country to Sept. 20 early elections, sent extra staff to speed up registration and chartered two extra ferries to help move people to the mainland.
More than 250,000 people have reached Greece so far this year, the vast majority arriving on islands from the nearby Turkish coast. About half of all those who arrive do so on Lesbos. Few, if any, want to remain in financially stricken Greece.
EU diplomats say the bloc’s interior ministers will not act on Monday to put into action a new plan to share 120,000 refugees now in overburdened Greece, Italy and Hungary.
A diplomat with the EU’s Luxembourg presidency said Friday that “we are hopeful for a formal adoption on Oct. 8” at a meeting in Luxembourg.
The diplomats requested anonymity because they are not permitted to speak publicly about proceedings.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the plan on Wednesday and called for it to be adopted at the emergency meeting.
By Associated Press Writer Lorne Cook
Austrian Federal Railways says train service has been suspended between the main border crossing point to Hungary and Vienna. That appears to have prompted thousands of asylum-seekers to begin trekking on foot toward the Austrian capital.
The railways press department says the move was prompted due to lack of capacity to deal with the thousands of people at the Nickelsdorf crossing wanting to board trains daily to the Austrian capital. Once in Vienna, most have traveled on to Germany and other Western EU nations.
Railway officials are meeting Friday to try to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, thousands of migrants and refugees are trying to cover the 60 kilometers (40 miles) to Vienna on foot.
Austrian police official Hans Peter Doskozil says 7,500 people crossed into Austria at Nickelsdorf on Thursday.
A poll in Germany finds that 66 percent of respondents believe the German and Austrian leaders were right to allow in asylum-seekers who were stuck in Hungary, and 62 percent think Germany can cope with the influx of arrivals from countries in crisis.
The telephone poll of 1,352 people was conducted by the Forschungsgruppe Wahlen agency for ZDF television between Tuesday and Thursday, days after thousands of people started arriving from Hungary.
Eighty-five percent of those polled said they believe the decision to let in the refugees will lead to still more setting off for Germany. And 57 percent said Germany is doing the right amount to help refugees, while 21 percent thought it is doing too little.
The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Austrian police have shut down sections of the roadway between Vienna and the Hungarian border as asylum-seekers have formed a long line and are walking toward the capital.
Police spokesman Gerhard Koller says the people — estimated by reporters to number more than 1,000 — pushed through police cordons to being their 60-kilometer (40-mile) trek early Friday.
It was unclear what prompted the development. Trains have been taking migrants and refugees from the Nickelsdorf border point to Vienna for days, and Koller said more trains were planned.
Thousands of people — most of them migrants who have traveled the West Balkans route from Greece — have been arriving at Vienna train stations daily. Most have traveled on to Germany and other West European EU nations.
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