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In this Feb. 7, 2020 photo, a Honduran delivery driver stands for a portrait in Guatemala City, where U.S authorities sent him to apply for Guatemalan asylum rather than allowing him to apply in the U.S. Fearing for his life, the 25-year-old had fled to the United States-Mexico border and requested asylum. After nine days in custody, he was put on a plane in McAllen, Texas, and sent to Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

'Deportation with a layover:' US sends migrants to Guatemala

Feb. 24, 2020 10:49 AM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — After he was involved in a fender bender with a gang member, the Honduran delivery driver was in trouble: The accident wasn't his fault, but he couldn't pay the damages, and the other driver threatened to kill him. Fearing for his life, the thin, curly-haired 25-year-old fled to the...

Finland says to take in max 175 Mediterranean asylum-seekers

Feb. 22, 2020 8:21 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — The Finnish government says it has agreed to take in up to 175 asylum-seekers from camps in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta "to alleviate the humanitarian situation" experienced by refugees in the Mediterranean members of the European Union. The Finnish interior ministry said Saturday in a...

He fled Syria - but was shot delivering pizzas in Baltimore

Feb. 18, 2020 6:35 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A family friend of a pizza delivery driver who was recently gunned down in Baltimore says he had fled war-torn Syria to seek a better life. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the killing of Khaled Heeba remains unsolved nearly two weeks after he died. His death is one of more than 40...

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to The Associated Press, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Guterres said Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak that began in China

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses 'enormous' risks

Feb. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.” Speaking in an interview with The Associated Press, Antonio Guterres said that “the risks...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, Afghan refugee Hukam Khan narrates the situation of his country, at Kabobayan refugee camp, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Khan isn't sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan his children were small, stuffed onto the backs of donkeys and dragged across rugged mountain peaks to the safety of northwest Pakistan. After 40 years, more than 1.5 million Afghan refugees still live in neighboring Pakistan. They feel abandoned by their own government, increasingly unwelcome in their reluctant host country and ignored by the United Nations.  (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Afghan refugees tell UN: 'We need peace, land to go home'

Feb. 17, 2020 3:10 AM EST

KABOBAYAN CAMP, Pakistan (AP) — Hukam Khan isn’t sure how old he is, but his beard is long and white, and when he came to Pakistan 40 years ago fleeing an earlier war in Afghanistan, his children were small, stuffed onto the backs of donkeys and dragged across rugged mountains to the safety of...

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2020 file photo, migrants line up behind an Honduran flag at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman, Guatemala. The European Union said on Thursday, Feb. 13, that it's donating 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help refugees in Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras find living-wage jobs and better integrate into society. The announcement in Mexico City on Thursday came as the number of asylum seekers in Mexico in particular has skyrocketed. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

EU, others work on refugee job development in Latin America

Feb. 13, 2020 6:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The European Union says it is donating 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help refugees in Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras find living-wage jobs and better integrate into society. The announcement in Mexico City on Thursday came as the number of asylum seekers in Mexico in particular...

FILE - This June 24, 2018 file photo, released by the Libyan Coast Guard, shows migrants on a ship intercepted offshore near the town of Gohneima, east of the capital, Tripoli, Libya. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, Human Rights Watch, a leading rights group, said that Italy’s renewed support for the Libyan coast guard is putting migrants at risk who are returned to squalid detention centers in the North African country. The group urged that Italy suspend all funding and training for the coast guard until Libya commits to shutting down militant-run detention centers in the country. (Libyan Coast Guard via AP, File)

Rights group: Italy-Libya deal puts migrants in danger

Feb. 12, 2020 9:24 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday that Italy is endangering migrants by renewing support for the Libyan coast guard, which blocks their flight and sends them back to squalid detention centers in the North African country. Italy sees the Libyan coast guard as key to stemming a huge influx of...

Rescuers cover the bodies of victims of a boat capsize at St. Martin's Island, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2010. An overcrowded boat carrying about 125 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank early Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 16 dead, Bangladeshi officials said Tuesday. The coast guard, navy divers and other rescuers recovered the bodies of more than a dozen people after the wooden boat capsized off St. Martin's Island, the top elected official on the island told The Associated Press. (Joynal Abedin via AP)

Rohingya boat capsizes in Bay of Bengal; at least 15 dead

Feb. 11, 2020 8:38 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An overcrowded boat carrying about 138 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps sank Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal, leaving at least 15 confirmed dead, mostly women, Bangladeshi officials said. The coast guard, navy divers and other rescuers recovered the bodies after the wooden...

FILE - In this May 15, 2017 file photo, protesters wave signs and chant during a demonstration against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban outside a federal courthouse in Seattle. The Trump administration has agreed to speed up the cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq. The decision also affects hundreds of other refugees whose efforts to move to the United States have been in limbo since he announced his travel bans three years ago. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US speeds cases of translators, others blocked by travel ban

Feb. 10, 2020 1:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has agreed to speed up the cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq and hundreds of other refugees whose efforts to move to the United States have been in limbo since he announced his travel bans three years ago. The news was...

UN refugee agency: Major rise in migrants stopped off Libya

Feb. 9, 2020 2:32 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency reported Friday that the total number of migrants intercepted by the Libyan coast guard in the past month rose 121% from the same period last year. The UNHCR said in January alone, it registered 1,040 refugees and migrants the coast guard stopped and brought back to...