The Latest: Greece: man carrying asylum papers found hanged

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Posted: Mar 27, 2017 8:43 AM

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Greece's coast guard says a man carrying asylum application papers has been found hanged at the country's largest port, near Athens.

The unidentified man, believed to be a migrant, was found dead early Monday near a passenger departure area at the port of Piraeus. An autopsy is pending.

The government says that more than 62,000 refugees and migrants remain stranded in Greece. Implementation of relocation agreements with the rest of the European Union remain behind schedule.

The number of daily arrivals of migrants at Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast has risen slightly in recent days. The coast guard said 75 migrants had arrived during the 24 hour period before Monday morning.

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10:45 a.m.

A Syrian refugee in Germany won't pursue further legal action against Facebook after a court rejected his call for an injunction forcing the company to seek and delete posts falsely linking him to crimes committed by migrants.

The office of lawyer Chan-jo Jun, who represented Anas Modamani, quoted Modamani on Monday as saying he wants to concentrate on German language exams. He added that the legal proceedings were "dangerous for my families in Syria and in Germany."

Modamani was one of several asylum-seekers who took a selfie with Chancellor Angela Merkel during the refugee crisis in 2015. These started appearing in Facebook posts following high-profile crimes in Germany where migrants were identified as the perpetrators.

A court refused this month to issue an injunction. Modamani could have appealed.