The English Channel separates southern England from northern France. Ferries transport freight and passengers between Britain and mainland Europe around the clock. They depend on trade between Britain and the EU.
The collision occured overnight between the British port of Dover and and the French town of Dunkirk. The English Channel is one of the world's busiest shipping lanes with more than 500 vessels passing through every day.
Two Iranian men trying to crossing the English Channel in an inflatable dinghy have been picked up by a British lifeboat. The UK is the destination of choice for thousands of refugees stranded in Calais, northern France.
The famously anonymous street artist Banksy has unveiled a new artwork, this time in the UK coastal town of Dover. His subject: the UK's impending departure from the European Union.
Bad weather overnight to Sunday left thousands of homes in the French region of Brittany without power. In the English Channel, a cargo ship and its crew were rescued after it hit a barge.
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