Turkey, which hosts about 3.7 million Syrian refugees, is a major crossing point for migrants from the Middle East, Asia and Africa seeking a better life in European Union countries.
Many of those who have been returned to Libya are held in government-run detention centers where they suffer from abuse, including torture, rape and extortion
Interior Ministers from various EU countries described the influx of migrants as dramatic and urged swift actions, including reinforcing the EU's borders.
The Red Crescent, a Muslim organization equivalent to the Red Cross, posted images purporting to show bodies floating in the Mediterranean Sea with its workers putting them in black burial bags.
The sanctions targeted senior security and justice officials, prominent media figures, one of Lukashenko's sons, defense-related firms and a major fertilizer exporter.
For worried relatives, trying to find information about people lost on the notoriously dangerous route to the Spanish Atlantic archipelago can be a nightmare.
The overcrowded camp on Lesbos that Francis was taken to in 2016 burnt to the ground last year during protests against pandemic restrictions.
In a public letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, British PM Boris Johnson laid out a series of proposals of how the two countries can deal with the crisis, following the sinking of a boat
Later on Sunday, the Polish head of government will meet his counterparts from the Baltic states -- two of which also share a border with Belarus -- to discuss the conflict.
Hundreds of desperate migrants are trapped in freezing temperatures on the border and the presence of troops from both sides has raised fears of a confrontation.
The German rescue boat Sea-Eye 4 set a course for the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday after picking up 400 migrants from a sinking wooden boat, doubling the number of people on board.
Pope Francis called on the international community to find concrete ways to manage migratory flows in the Mediterranean Sea.
Authorities in Germany say about 4,500 illegal crossings have been registered since August. Many of them are people from Syria and Iraq who flew to Belarus in the hope of reaching the EU via Poland.
Libya has for years been a hub for African and Middle Eastern migrants fleeing war and poverty in their countries and hoping for a better life in Europe.