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The Latest: Germany Seeks to Calm Down Dispute over Asylum

The latest news as tens of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty make their way across Europe. All times local. 2 p.m. The German government is downplaying a Cabinet split over proposals to restrict the rights of Syrian refugees. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere surprised colleagues last week by declaring that many Syrians should get a lesser form of protection, renewable each year and without the right to bring relatives to Germany for two years. The plan prompted sharp...

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