Daily World News Digest, 29 June 2018

EU leaders claim breakthrough on migration

EU leaders say they have achieved a breakthrough on migration, bolstering the EU’s external borders and expanding solidarity among member states to ease pressure on Greece, Italy and others. ABC News reports that the EU will screen migrants in North Africa for asylum eligibility and set up control centers within the EU. https://abcn.ws/2Kg6FpG

US: initiative to reunite child migrants with parents

Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced that it is offering to donate 1 million USD worth of rapid DNA analyzers and related technology to support efforts to reunite children and parents recently separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Company President Marc Casper said the offer was an “example of how we can provide technology to address a societal challenge . . . to help reunite children with their families, here and all over the world.” https://bit.ly/2Kjf2Rt

Jordan says it cannot accept more Syrian refugees

The Associated Press reports that Syrian troops have advanced against rebels in the south of the country in a nearly a weeklong offensive. Most of the displaced have headed to areas close to the Jordanian border, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On Monday, Jordan’s government spokesperson said her country will not take in Syrians fleeing the latest offensive. Jordan hosts about 660,000 registered refugees, but says the actual number is twice as high. https://bit.ly/2lIbppD

Two bodies found in Spanish civil war mass grave in Cadiz

Archaeologists in Cadiz have unearthed the remains of two people in what they believe could be a mass grave dating from the Spanish Civil War, Euro Weekly reports. The researchers, from the city’s council and a historical association, found the bodies after five months of working at a site in the San Jose cemetery. They estimate there are human remains of at least 141 victims of reprisals against opponents of Francisco Franco after his forces captured the city in July 1936. https://bit.ly/2yPKsty

Ireland: legislation to help families of missing persons

A bill to help families of missing persons who are presumed dead settle their affairs could become law in Ireland by the end of the year, RTE News reports. The bill puts in place a statutory framework which would provide for the making of a presumption of death order when someone is missing and presumed dead. https://bit.ly/2tPxgPx

Turkey: Bronze Age children unearthed in ancient tomb

The Express Digest reports that almost a dozen children who were killed in a ritual sacrifice have been uncovered in an early Bronze Age cemetery at Başur Höyük site in southeast Turkey. The children, aged from 11 to young adults, were buried in the coffin-like stone tomb between 3100 and 2800 BC. https://bit.ly/2Kjigo3

Items in the Daily World News Digest are summaries of published reports relevant to the issue of missing persons, compiled by ICMP staff. These items do not necessarily reflect the position of ICMP.