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Migrant farm workers allege pesticide exposure in Illinois

Dec. 3, 2020 6:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — More than two dozen migrant workers from Texas allege they were sprayed with toxic pesticides while working in Illinois cornfields, according to a federal lawsuit. The workers, including teenagers, senior citizens and a pregnant woman, claim they were sprayed by a helicopter and plane...

Migrants sit in Arguineguin port after their rescue in Gran Canaria island, Spain on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Spanish rescue services said Wednesday at least seven people died after a migrant boat carrying more than 30 people hit rocks close to a small port on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. Many of the rescued were taken to the Arguineguín dock on the southwestern coast of Gran Canaria island, where several thousand people of different origin are being kept, some in tents. (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)

8 migrants die as boat overturns near Spanish island

Nov. 25, 2020 9:03 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — At least eight people died after a migrant boat carrying more than 30 people hit rocks close to a small port on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, Spanish rescue services said Wednesday. The boat was one of 17 intercepted in the islands' waters in the past 24 hours. About 450 people were...

From left to right, April Joy, vocalist, Catherine Gallano, dancer and lead choreographer and Eric Roman, vocalist, cross the creek on a boat in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.  As the coronavirus pandemic mutes Dubai's live-music scene, the Filipino show bands that long have animated the city's storied nightlife are being disproportionately squeezed. Many are out of work and out of money, struggling to survive in overcrowded dormitories at the mercy of employers (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

As virus mutes Dubai nightlife, Filipino bands feel the pain

Nov. 16, 2020 1:56 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Eric Roman struts onstage in his torn jeans and grasps the microphone. It’s midnight on a Friday and in normal times, he’d hear wild applause from this tightly packed hotel bar in one of the old neighborhoods alongside the Dubai Creek. Sweaty throngs of...

From left to right, April Joy, vocalist, Catherine Gallano, dancer and lead choreographer and Eric Roman, vocalist, cross the creek on a boat in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020.  As the coronavirus pandemic mutes Dubai's live-music scene, the Filipino show bands that long have animated the city's storied nightlife are being disproportionately squeezed. Many are out of work and out of money, struggling to survive in overcrowded dormitories at the mercy of employers (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

As virus mutes Dubai nightlife, Filipino bands feel the pain

Nov. 15, 2020 2:05 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Eric Roman struts onstage in his torn jeans and grasps the microphone. It’s midnight on a Friday and in normal times, he’d hear wild applause from this tightly packed hotel bar in one of the old neighborhoods alongside the Dubai Creek. Sweaty throngs of...

Déa Hage-Chahine, right, hugs a Kenyan migrant outside a shelter where she had been staying with other migrants, in Mkalles, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Hage-Chahine and Serge Majdalani are two young Lebanese on a mission to repatriate migrant workers who have been stranded in Lebanon amid the worst economic crisis in the country’s modern history. In two months, they have sent more than 120 women, mostly Kenyans and some Ethiopians, back home, fundraising more than $35,000 for flights and coronavirus tests through a “gofundme” online campaign. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Two Lebanese offer migrant workers a way back home

Nov. 9, 2020 7:49 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — In a damp room with a few rotting pieces of furniture and old mattresses on the floor, seven migrant women sit hugging their belongings, a Kenyan flag hanging behind them on the wall. A Lebanese woman walks into the apartment, located in a poor area east of Beirut, and the migrants rush...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, workers play cards during their holiday in the Old City of Jiddah, Saudi Arabia.  On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, Saudi Arabia, announced reforms that will abolish some key restrictions tying millions of low-paid and vulnerable migrant workers to their employers in conditions that have been rife with abuse and exploitation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Arabia to remove key restrictions on migrant laborers

Nov. 4, 2020 5:20 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced reforms that will abolish some key restrictions tying millions of low-paid and vulnerable migrant workers to their employers in conditions that have been rife with abuse and exploitation. The Ministry of Human Resource and Social...

In this undated image provided by the Danish Refugee Council, a migrant alleging he was brutalized and summarily expelled back to Bosnia by Croatian law-enforcement officers when they tried to cross into the European Union-member country, poses for photographs documenting his injuries in Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. The Danish Refugee Council's officials told The Associated Press Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 that dozens of migrants interviewed by the organization's staff in Bosnia over the past 10 days reported

Croatia accused of brutality, sexual abuse against migrants

Oct. 23, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Danish aid workers stationed in the Balkans say dozens of migrants have alleged they were brutalized by Croatian law-enforcement officers when they tried to cross into the European Union nation, before being summarily expelled back to Bosnia. Nicola Bay, the head of the...

FILE -In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 file photo the sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.  Over a dozen migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea when their small dinghy capsized off the coast of Libya, the United Nations reported Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, the latest shipwreck to underscore the deadly risks facing those who flee the war-afflicted North African country. (AP Photo/Renata Brito, File)

Officials: Nigerian migrant burned alive in Libya's Tripoli

Oct. 7, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A migrant worker was burned to death in the Libyan capital, U.N. and government officials said Wednesday, the latest in abuses that migrants and refuges face in the conflict-stricken country. The Interior Ministry of the U.N.-supported government said three Libyans on Tuesday stormed a factory...