PARIS, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- French police on Friday evacuated thousands of migrants from where they were camped outside Stalingrad Metro Station, north Paris, according to Ile-de-France prefecture.

Regional authorities cleared the migrant camp in the French capital where flows of refugees had increased in the past week after officials had removed the Calais "jungle" in northern France last week.

Earlier on Friday, 3,852 people were transferred to 78 shelters across Paris and its suburbs, the regional prefecture said in a statement.

According to Paris police, 600 police officers were deployed to remove tents and makeshift shelters where migrants, mainly from from Sudan, Libya, Syria and Somalia, had been sleeping for months.

"We have places to receive everyone...It's going well," housing minister Emmanuelle Cosse was quoted as saying in Le Point magazine.

"There are a lot of newcomers. It is essential that we shelter them. The aim is that these people are relocated in reception centers as quickly as possible," she added.

In September, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo pledged to open two centers for refugees by year-end as part of a plan to tackle camping in the capital's streets and better receive thousands of asylum seekers who had fled war and poverty in their native countries.

The French government pledged that 9,000 places would be made available at 460 reception and orientation centers for refugees. They are to be dispersed into groups of 40 to 50 people for a limited period between three and four months.

Migrants who fit the asylum criteria will stay in France while those who do not will be repatriated.


WASHINGTON, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The American Red Cross has apologized for the pool safety poster it produced as more netizens continued to call it "super racist."

"We deeply apologize for any misunderstanding, as it was absolutely not our intent to offend anyone ...we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do, every day," the organization said on Monday in a statement.

The controversial poster depicted a crowd of cartoon children playing in and by a swimming pool. It tags "cool" behavior and "not cool" behavior.

Twitter users pointed out that the "cool" children are all light-colored while the "not cool" ones are dark-skinned.

The image hit on the ever sensitive nerve of racism in the United States.

"Hey, @@RedCross, send a new pool poster to @@SalidaRec bc the current one they have w your name on it is super racist," John Sawyer, who voiced his concern in a tweet on June 21.

The Red Cross said in a statement that it has removed the controversial image from its website and Swim App and has discontinued production.

It also requested its partner aquatic facilities to take down the poster, the statement said.

The poster is part of the Aquatics Centennial Campaign launched in 2014by the Red Cross. The organization said its intention was to reduce the drowning rate in high-risk communities.

Apple Inc on Tuesday took the wraps off a slimmer faster tablet called the iPad Air and said it will give away Macintosh operating and work software free to its users Derek Jeter Jersey , challenging Microsoft Corp's near-stranglehold on personal computing.

Apple announced the surprise offer, which will be available to all users of Apple MacBooks and Mac computers, at a product event on Tuesday at which it also unveiled a new line of Mac notebooks and computers.

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"We are turning the industry on its ear Alex Rodriguez Jersey , but this is not why we're doing it," Apple CEO Cook told media and technology executives at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center.

"We want our customers to have our latest software."

Apple's iPad Air is about 20 percent thinner than the previous generation of tablets, starting at US$499. But the new tablets would face stiff competition Mickey Mantle Jersey , with Microsoft, Nokia and Amazon Inc all plugging rival devices in coming months.

Apple, which jumpstarted the tablet computing market in 2010 with the first iPad Babe Ruth Jersey , has already come under increasing pressure from cheaper devices ranging from Amazon's Kindle Fire to Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Note.

But while Apple is ceding market share to rivals, its superior library of apps and content should safeguard its lead for years to come, analysts say.

Longer term however Cheap New York Yankees Hats , investors hope to see real device innovation from a company that has not unveiled a new breakthrough product in years.

Cook on Tuesday dismissed the competition as directionless.

"Our competition is different: they're confused," he said.

"Now they're trying to make PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs. Who knows what they'll do next?"

"We have a very clear direction and a very ambitious goal.

We still believe deeply in this category and we're not slowing down on our innovation."

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