Tourists and Parisians seek relief from sizzling heat | AFP

Paris prepares Monday for a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as summer kicks in on the back of a wave of hot air from North Africa.

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Heatwave kicks off in Paris | AFP

Paris prepares Monday for a blistering heatwave with the mercury set to hit 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) as summer kicks in on the back of a wave of hot air from North Africa. IMAGES

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Today in History for April 27th

Highlights of this day in history: President and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant born; Explorer Ferdinand Magellan killed; U.S. Marines attack North Africa during the First Barbary War; Ailing baseball star Babe Ruth honored. (April 27)

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‘Refugees pay life savings but end up homeless as traffickers say EU will accept them’ – filmmaker

Last year Spain witnessed a record number of migrant arrivals by sea with many of them helped across by people smugglers. In what’s claimed to be the first ever interview with a human trafficker from Morocco, the man told political activist Lauren Southern, that moving people from North Africa to Europe is a hugely lucrative business. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9rei

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SpaceX launches Qatari Es’hail-2 communications satellite

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SpaceX launched a Qatari communications satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket carried the Es’hail-2 satellite on Thursday.

According to SpaceX, Es’hail-2 will provide secure communications for the business and government sectors across the Middle East and North Africa.

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Crisis looms as Bosnia races to shelter migrants before winter

With winter knocking at the door, Bosnia is racing to avert a humanitarian crisis for thousands of EU-bound migrants crossing its mountainous terrain and sleeping without proper shelter as temperatures drop. The poor Balkan state has become a well-trodden stop on the new route to the European Union for migrants escaping war and poverty in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

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European migration routes

EU interior ministers met Thursday to discuss plans to ease pressure on Italy, grappling with a rising wave of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from North Africa. Italy has accepted some 85,000 of the 100,000 people who have arrived this year, and has appealed desperately for help. VIDEOGRAPHIC