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Turkey catches 54 migrants heading for Greece

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Turkey's coast guard says 54 Afghan migrants were intercepted in the Aegean Sea as their dinghy sped toward the Greek island of Lesvos, and were returned to Turkey.

The coast guard released a statement and video Thursday about the interception a day earlier.

European Union leaders are preparing to push ahead with contested plans to send tens of thousands of migrants back to Turkey, which has been the main departure point for asylum seekers heading for Europe.

[AP]