The Latest: Greek lawmaker protests classes for refugee kids

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Posted: Jan 17, 2017 2:58 PM

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of asylum-seekers and migrants to the continent (all times local):

8:55 p.m.

Greece's Education Ministry says a lawmaker from the far-right Golden Dawn party and a group of supporters entered an elementary school building to voice opposition to plans to start classes for refugee children.

The ministry said members of the group acted with "abusive and threatening behavior" toward staff on Tuesday at the state-run school in the Perama area, west of Athens.

Golden Dawn was founded as a neo-Nazi group during the early 1980s and is currently the third-largest party in Greece's Parliament. It has campaigned against a government program to provide after-school classes to children living in refugee camps around Greece.

A statement from the party said the lawmaker had been invited by parents who are also opposed to the migrant classes.

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11:55 a.m.

Aid groups have revised to at least 170 the number of suspected dead from a weekend migrant shipwreck off Libya.

The International Organization of Migration and U.N. refugee agency increased the estimate from around 110 after interviewing the four survivors of the shipwreck who arrived in Trapani, Sicily, on Monday aboard the Norwegian rescue ship Siem Pilot.

IOM spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo said the survivors included three men and one woman from Ethiopia and Eritrea. They reported having set off from Libya aboard a wooden boat that started taking on water and sank after the engine broke.

The survivors said about 170 people were missing, and that they were in the sea for hours before being rescued Saturday.

The survivors, suffering from shock and exhaustion, have been hospitalized.