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Cameron: Britain not a 'safe haven' for migrants

His comments came as hundreds attempted to cross the English Channel by train from Calais, France.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   July 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM
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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam, July 30 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron attempted to dissuade illegal migration after continued attempts by hundreds to leave France for Britain.

Speaking Friday in Vietnam on a tour of southeast Asia, Cameron acknowledged a "swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean (Sea), seeking a better life," but added Britain would remove illegal immigrants "so people know it's not a safe haven."

His comments came as hundreds of people, largely from North Africa and the Middle East, gathered in Calais, France, at the entrance to the tunnel to Britain under the English Channel. At least 3,500 people have attempted to illegally board the train and cross to Britain this week; nine have died in the attempt in July.

France has sent 120 police officers to Calais and 300 people have been detained by police, and Eurotunnel, manager of the train service, has requested 9.7 million Euros ($10.6 million) from the British and French governments to cover extra security costs.

Zoe Gardner of Asylum aid, a British non-governmental organization, decried Cameron's use of the term "swarm" to describe the immigrants as "irresponsible, dehumanizing language," adding, "It's absolutely disgraceful. We need far more political courage and foresight.''

Conservative Parliament member David Davies suggested the British army be sent to Calais, and suggested camps be built in migrants' home countries so they could be "sent back in a kind and humane fashion."

Peter Sutherland of the United Nations called British demands to keep migrants out "a xenophobic response to the issue of free movement. The debate in the U.K. is grossly excessive in terms of Calais."

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Army tests improvements to M270A1 rocket launch system

The U.S. Army fired more than 100 rockets in tests on an improved multiple rocket launch system.
By Richard Tomkins   |   July 30, 2015 at 12:56 PM

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- An improved M270A1 Multiple Rocket Launch System vehicle has been put to the test at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico by the U.S. Army.

In testing to ensure the vehicle's new armored cab design didn't hamper system capability, 138 rockets were successfully fired from an improved vehicle.

The M270A1 is a tracked vehicle equipped with a missile and rocket launch rack for firing a variety of capable of firing many different kinds of artillery rockets and missiles. The original system adopted in 1983 and it has been upgraded several times since. The new and improved vehicle cab features enhanced armor and improving related components, such as windows.

Under current Army requirements, the system improvements bring the M270A1 in line with related systems like the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, which is mounted on a newer armored medium truck, the Army said.

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