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As ethnic violence persists in Congo, many fleeing to Uganda

Jan. 21, 2020 5:50 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan official says hundreds of Congolese have fled to the East African nation in recent days to escape deadly ethnic-based fighting. Gerald Menya, commissioner for refugees in Uganda, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that two to three Congolese are arriving each hour. He...

Migrant children run away from clashes with Mexican National Guards after their group crossed the Suchiate River on foot from Guatemala to Mexico, on the riverbank near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. More than a thousand Central American migrants hoping to reach United States marooned in Guatemala are walking en masse across a river leading to Mexico in an attempt to convince authorities there to allow them passage through the country. (AP Photo/Santiago Billy)

Migrants scuffle with Mexican troops along border river

Jan. 20, 2020 6:51 PM EST

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Central American migrants waded across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico on Monday in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump's Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border. Some scuffled with national guardsmen on the riverbank while...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 20, 2020 3:00 AM EST

Fort Worth Star-Telegram. January 15, 2020 Governor, thanks for honoring church hero Jack Wilson. Now, let’s talk red-flag law. Gov. Greg Abbott has been at the forefront of hailing Jack Wilson, bestowing the state’s highest civilian honor possible on the hero of the White Settlement church shooting...

National Guards get on a truck in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020 as they deploy along southern border with Guatemala. United States officials are crediting tough measures taken over the past year and cooperation from regional governments for sharply reducing the number of Central American migrants who responded to a call for a new caravan. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico readies for Central American migrants at south border

Jan. 17, 2020 5:23 PM EST

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Border security forces in southern Mexico were preparing Friday for the expected arrival of hundreds of Central Americans traveling through Guatemala and vowed to prevent a repeat of the headline-grabbing “caravans” of past years when massive flows of migrants...

Refugees and migrants burn garbage bins and chant slogans as they demonstate outside Moria camp, following the stabbing death of an 20-year-old man from Yemen in the Greek island of Lesbos, Friday, Jan, 17, 2020. Authorities arrested a 27-year-old Afghan migrant in connection with the incident. Overcrowding at Moria has steadily worsened over the past year as the number of arrivals of migrants and refugees using clandestine routes from Turkey to the Greek islands remains high _ and totaled nearly 60,000 in 2019. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

EU border chief says migrant entries from Turkey on the rise

Jan. 17, 2020 11:49 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing strife in Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the European Union’s border agency said Friday. More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter...

In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 photo, newly constructed buildings stand on Bhasan Char, or floating island, in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh. The island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded and squalid camps on the country's border with Myanmar, officials said Thursday. The island is built to accommodate 100,000 people, just a fraction of the million Rohingya Muslims who have fled waves of violent persecution in their native Myanmar. (AP Photo/Saleh Noman)


“Bhasan Char is ready for habitation. Everything has been put in place,” Bangladesh refugee, relief and repatriation commissioner Mahbub Alam Talukder told The Associated Press.

Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

Jan. 17, 2020 12:06 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi island regularly submerged by monsoon rains is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to relocate people from the crowded and squalid camps where they've lived for years, officials said Thursday. Flood protection embankments, houses,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Linda Evarts, an attorney for the International Refugee Assistant Project, speaks to the media outside the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md. A federal judge agreed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, to block the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order allowing state and local government officials to reject refugees from resettling in their jurisdictions. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction requested by three national refugee resettlement agencies that sued to challenge the executive order. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman, File)

Judge halts Trump's order allowing states to block refugees

Jan. 15, 2020 7:05 PM EST

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday halted President Donald Trump's executive order that gave state and local officials the ability to shut the door on refugees, and ignited a fierce debate in communities about how welcoming the United States should be. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, migrants discuss their journey using a map posted inside the sports complex where thousands of migrants have been camped out for several days in Mexico City.  The United States began sending Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala in November 2019 and in Jan. 2020 said it would expand it to Mexicans. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

AP Explains: US sending asylum seekers to Central America

Jan. 15, 2020 5:36 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States began sending Honduran and Salvadoran asylum seekers to Guatemala in November and last week said it would expand the practice to Mexicans. The U.S. could also start sending asylum seekers from Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Brazil to Honduras starting as...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jan. 15, 2020 2:08 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Jan. 12 Winston-Salem Journal on the settlement forcing an energy company to move its stores of coal ash: The dirty secret about coal is that it is neither as cheap or efficient an energy source as we once believed. Coal fouls the air, promotes climate change...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump and Melania Trump greet Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after arriving in El Paso, Texas. Abbott says the state will reject the re-settlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order. In a letter released Friday, Jan, 10, 2020, Abbott wrote that Texas

Texas governor to reject new refugees, first under Trump

Jan. 14, 2020 4:11 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas will no longer accept the resettlement of new refugees, becoming the first state known to do so under a recent Trump administration order, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday. Abbott's announcement could have major implications for refugees coming to the United States. Texas has large refugee...