Wednesday Headlines

European Migrant Crisis Worsens.
The number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe increased sharply in the first half of the year, according to a new report from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with Greece overtaking Italy as the main entry point.

The report found that one third of the 137,000 men, women and children who arrived by sea in Italy or Greece were from Syria, whose nationals are almost universally deemed to qualify for refugee status or other forms of protection.

Deaths at sea also rose to record levels in April 2015, and then dropped dramatically in May and June. Between January and March, 479 refugees and migrants drowned or went missing, as opposed to 15 during the first three months of the year before.

Speed Reads
Wall Street Journal examines how global terrorism threats and aggressive actions by Russia and China have crowded out Obama’s diplomacy agenda.

James Stavridis outlines his suggestions for countering Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East.

United Nations opens human rights office in South Korea as a means to monitor activities in North Korea.

Devex Impact reviews the UN Global Compact after 15 years.

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