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The Latest: Macedonia extends migration state of emergency

  • A Syrian boy clutches toy animals in his hands at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. About 600 people, mostly families with small children, live in tents in the camp, which officials say will soon be replaced by prefabricated homes. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A Syrian boy clutches toy animals in his hands at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. About 600 people, mostly families with small children, live in tents in the camp, which officials say will soon be replaced by prefabricated homes. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Syrian mother carries her baby girl in a cooking pot at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. About 600 people, mostly families with small children, live in tents in the camp, which officials say will soon be replaced by prefabricated homes. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A Syrian mother carries her baby girl in a cooking pot at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. About 600 people, mostly families with small children, live in tents in the camp, which officials say will soon be replaced by prefabricated homes. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan migrants warm themselves with a fire inside a makeshift migrants camp near Calais, France, late Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Charities working with refugees and migrants living in a slum-like camp in northern France objected Tuesday to the government's plan to dismantle the site and disperse the occupants, saying French authorities should not act in haste. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Afghan migrants warm themselves with a fire inside a makeshift migrants camp near Calais, France, late Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Charities working with refugees and migrants living in a slum-like camp in northern France objected Tuesday to the government's plan to dismantle the site and disperse the occupants, saying French authorities should not act in haste. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the influx of asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe(all times local):

5:50 p.m.

Macedonia has again extended the state of emergency declared at the height of Europe's migration crisis along its borders with Greece and Serbia until the end of June 2017.

The decision was made by the country's parliament Thursday. Macedonia first imposed a state of emergency on its southern and northern borders in August 2015 for a six-month period. It has been renewed a few times since.

About 1 million refugees and other migrants transited through Macedonia last year on their way to Europe's prosperous heartland.

The country erected a 20-kilometer (13-mile) long metal fence along the border with Greece last November to stop illegal crossings.

More than 200 people remain stranded in Macedonia since the Balkan transit route was closed this year after a series of countries sealed their borders to refugees and other migrants.

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2:35 p.m.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says Italy is not doing enough to screen arriving migrants and is failing to ensure that people who do not qualify for asylum are sent home.

Cazeneuve told reporters in Luxembourg Thursday that "we have to do what was decided," by properly screening people from northern Africa at registration centers known as "hotspots."

He says "it's unthinkable that some of those who arrive in Italy do not pass through the hotspots, otherwise we are taking a security risk."

Cazeneuve says most migrants who come to Italy want to improve their way of life and are not fleeing conflict. He said these people "who do not qualify for protection in Europe must be sent back."

Around 150,000 migrants have entered Italy by sea this year.

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10:35 a.m.

Aid groups have asked a court to delay government plans to close a wretched migrant camp in the French port of Calais, arguing that authorities aren't ready to relocate its thousands of residents.

Concern has been mounting particularly about hundreds of unaccompanied children in the so-called "jungle" camp in Calais, a troubling symbol of Europe's migrant crisis.

Thierry Kuhn of aid group Emmaus said Thursday that the groups filed an emergency request with a court in Lille seeking to delay the closure. A decision is expected within 48 hours.

The government is expected to close the camp in the coming weeks and relocate migrants to centers around France, but has not given a firm shutdown date. The camp has attracted migrants from the Mideast and Africa seeking to reach Britain.