Pelosi urges US to take in more refugees

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the United States should increase the number of refugees it resettles by more than 5,000 people next year as European countries struggle to accommodate the hundreds of thousands.

Pelosi said a figure of 5,000 more refugees suggested by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry "is far too low." Kerry told members of Congress in a meeting Wednesday that the U.S. will boost its worldwide quota for resettling refugees from 70,000 to 75,000 next year, adding that the number could rise. A fraction of those would be from Syria.

Pelosi said the U.S. accepted far more refugees than that after the Vietnam War and could do so again. She said she hopes other countries follow Germany's lead in accepting many refugees.

And Turkey's prime minister says his country and the European Union should unite in tackling the migration crisis that has overwhelmed the region.

Speaking jointly following a meeting Thursday in Ankara, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, stressed the need to keep working together to tackle problems created by the migrant crisis.

Turkey is already hosting at least 1.9 million Syrians fleeing the war at home.

"These will be difficult choices, but our starting point is clear," Tusk said. "Solidarity and unity are our guiding principles. In combination with measures to contain the refugee flows, and the measures to get back the control of our borders from those profiting from desperation — I mean smugglers and human traffickers."