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UN approves compact to support world's refugees; US objects

Dec. 17, 2018 11:56 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With only the United States and Hungary voting no, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a non-binding compact Monday that provides more robust support for countries where most of the world's more than 25 million refugees live. The Global Compact on Refugees also sets out...

California court blocks pardon of man who killed at age 14

Dec. 14, 2018 7:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a rare step, the California Supreme Court has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to issue a pardon to a 37-year-old Cambodian refugee who killed a woman when he was 14 years old. The court gave no reason for the rejection, but earlier noted it only had the authority to do so in the...

The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

Dec. 13, 2018 3:33 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are "failing" to produce meaningful results. Former...

Split over asylum laws, EU leaders aim to keep migrants out

Dec. 13, 2018 9:33 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hopelessly divided over how to improve the European Union's asylum system, EU leaders are set Thursday to underline their intention to keep beefing up Europe's borders and outsource their migrant challenge to the countries of northern Africa. The arrival in Europe of well over a million...

Cyprus president urges fairer sharing of refugees within EU

Dec. 12, 2018 8:19 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president is urging fellow European Union member states to revamp existing agreements that will require each country to take in a fairer share of refugees and migrants. President Nicos Anastasiades told the European Parliament Wednesday that his tiny, east Mediterranean...

Russia says 114,000 Syrians returned home in 2018

Dec. 11, 2018 2:51 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Nearly 114,000 Syrian refugees have returned home this year, the Russian military said Tuesday, a mere fraction of the nearly 6 million who have fled the country since the start of the seven-year conflict. U.N. agencies said they need $5.5 billion in the coming year to support Syria's...

Thai court extends detention of refugee sought by Bahrain

Dec. 11, 2018 6:48 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court ruled Tuesday that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution and torture. Hakeem al-Araibi, who was...

The Latest: Red Cross: Migrant policy mustn't add suffering

Dec. 10, 2018 2:45 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. migration conference (all times local): 8:40 p.m. A top humanitarian leader admits governments have a right to set migration policy, but insist they shouldn't increase suffering or play into a recent trend toward the "criminalization of compassion."...

Nearly 85 percent of UN nations back migration deal; not US

Dec. 10, 2018 2:18 PM EST

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defying fierce opposition from the U.S. and a few other nations, nearly 85 percent of U.N. member states agreed Monday on a sweeping yet non-binding accord to ensure safe, orderly and humane migration. The debate over the Global Compact for Migration, the first of its kind, has...

Cyprus sees surge in migrants crossing from breakaway north

Dec. 10, 2018 1:24 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — On the final leg of his journey from Iraq to Europe, Hawye Rasool Saleh paid 400 euros ($457) borrowed from his best friend to a smuggler who would help him across the cease-fire line of ethnically split Cyprus. The transaction was sealed in anonymity. "You don't know me, I don't...