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Nuland tells Athens press US ready to accept more asylum-seekers

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A senior State Department official says the US is increasing the number of refugees it accepts, including the number of Syrians.

Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland also told a press conference in Athens Friday that the US "will continue to be a welcoming place for refugees."

Nuland was responding to a question on whether the US was ready to increase the number of asylum-seekers it is willing to accept.

She provided no further details.

On Thursday, Nuland visited an overcrowded tent city on Greece's northern border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), where about 14,000 refugees heading for central Europe are living in dire circumstances.

FYROM has closed the Idomeni border crossing, and Greek authorities are appealing to refugees to move to nearby organized shelters.

[AP]