Thirty-one migrants perish trying to cross Channel to Britain

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By Geert De Clercq and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) -Thirty-one people, including five women and a little girl, died on Wednesday after their rubber boat capsized while crossing the English Channel from France to Britain, in the worst disaster on record involving migrants in the waters separating the countries. The Channel is one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and currents are strong. Overloaded dinghies often barely stay afloat and are at the mercy of waves as they try to reach British shores. French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 34 people had been onboard, of whom 31 died,…

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