By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The European Union's response to the refugee crisis will be a "defining moment" for the bloc, the head of the U.N. refugee agency Antonio Guterres said on Friday, warning that a divided EU would benefit only smugglers and traffickers. "This is a defining moment for the European Union, and it now has no other choice but to mobilize full force around this crisis. The only way to solve this problem is for the Union and all member states to implement a common strategy, based on responsibility, solidarity and trust." Although refugee numbers have been rising, the EU has borne relatively little of the refugee burden of the Syrian war, which has created 4 million refugees in countries neighboring Syria and displaced a further 7.6 million within the country.
Bulgaria detained 39 Syrians in a forest near the western town of Pernik after they were apparently abandoned on a motorway as they tried to make it from Bulgaria into neighboring Serbia, the district governor said on Friday. "They do not have documents," Pernik governor Irena Sokolova said. "They are currently at the police station where fingerprints will be taken in order to identify them." Valentin Buchinski, the director of the district directorate of the police in Pernik, said they were Syrian.
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force airman who was injured when he and two childhood friends tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train returned to his native California Thursday night.