Ferry packed with Syrian refugees heads for Greek mainland

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By Alkis Konstantinidis KOS, Greece, (Reuters) - A passenger ship carrying hundreds of Syrian refugees was heading to the Greek mainland from islands in the Aegean Sea on Wednesday amid confusion over its final destination and the fate of passengers. On top of its economic crisis, cash-strapped Greece has been battling a huge influx in migrants arriving by boat from neighboring Turkey in recent weeks. About 21,000 people landed on Greek shores last week alone, prompting Athens to appeal to the European Union for help.