Hope for border crisis easing as Iraqis fly back home from Belarus

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By Kacper Pempel and Charlotte Bruneau BRUZGI, Belarus (Reuters) -Hundreds of Iraqis who had camped for weeks at Belarus’s freezing borders with the EU checked in for a flight back to Iraq on Thursday, the first such flight in months amid a stand-off between the West over Minsk over the fate of migrants. It was not immediately clear if the repatriation flight was a sign the crisis was easing, or just a temporary reprieve. European countries accuse Belarus of flying thousands of migrants in from the Middle East and pushing them to attempt to cross the frontier illegally. Belarus denies fomentin…

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