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US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 11:34 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, the once...

US held nearly 70,000 migrant kids in custody in 2019

Nov. 12, 2019 12:20 AM EST

COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) — The 3-year-old girl traveled for weeks cradled in her father's arms, as he set out to seek asylum in the United States. Now she won't even look at him. After being forcibly separated at the border by government officials, sexually abused in U.S. foster care and deported, she...

Video raises questions about Israeli shooting of Palestinian

Nov. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An amateur video taken in the West Bank indicated a Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces Monday was shot at close range, apparently while he was unarmed and posed no threat to soldiers. The army said it was investigating. It was the second video to emerge in the past week...

Canada case poses question: Is US immigration system safe?

Nov. 8, 2019 1:47 PM EST

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the looming darkness, the Nigerian family of four, including two children carrying stuffed animals and a violin case, climbed out of a taxi at the end of a dead-end road in upstate New York as Canadian law enforcement officers watched a short distance away, across a ditch that...

The Latest: 60K unaccompanied minors in Italy are now adults

Nov. 8, 2019 11:21 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:15 p.m. United Nations agencies say some 60,000 migrants who reached Italy in recent years as unaccompanied minors are now 18 or older and need continued support as they transit to adulthood. The agencies presented...

South Korea deports North Koreans who fled after killing 16

Nov. 7, 2019 8:33 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In an extremely unusual case, South Korea deported two North Korean fishermen on Thursday after determining they had killed 16 other crew members on their boat and then fled to South Korean waters, Seoul officials said. South Korea has a policy of accepting North Koreans who want...

EU to pay Turkey millions to boost its coast guard

Nov. 6, 2019 12:26 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is preparing to pay Turkey tens of millions to help bolster its coast guard, a senior EU official said Wednesday, as increasing numbers of migrants and refugees are leaving Turkey in hopes of finding sanctuary or jobs in Europe. Greek authorities are struggling to cope...

Sanctuary city initiative divides liberal Tucson, Arizona

Nov. 3, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Tucson is widely credited as the birthplace of the 1980s Sanctuary Movement, an effort by churches to help refugees from Central America and shield them from deportation. Now, as President Donald Trump's immigration policies put renewed focus on the treatment of people who come to the United States without...

UN chief urges Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis

Nov. 3, 2019 9:03 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern Sunday over the plight of the 730,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state, calling on Myanmar's government to take responsibility by dealing with the "root causes" of their flight to Bangladesh and...

Syrian refugee turns to food to rebuild his life in US

Nov. 2, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When he came to the United States as a refugee from Syria during that country's bloody civil war, there was a lot Diaa Alhanoun didn't know, starting with English. There was one thing he was fairly certain of, though — whatever else the future held in store for him and his family, he...