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Fire guts shanties in Bangladesh Rohingya refugee camp

Apr. 24, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire in a sprawling Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Wednesday destroyed more than two dozen huts and a mosque, an official said. Mikaruzzman Chowdhury, the top government official at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar district, said no injuries occurred in the fire, which...

UN: Libya fighting reaches facility holding migrants

Apr. 24, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The fighting in Libya's capital has reached a detention center holding hundreds of detained migrants and refugees, the U.N. said Tuesday. Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general, said the U.N. aid agency has received reports that the Qasr Ben Ghashir detention...

The Latest: Russian official calls for Libya cease-fire

Apr. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The Latest on developments in Libya, where armed groups are battling for control of the capital, Tripoli (all times local): 3 p.m. A top Russian diplomat has called on the self-styled Libyan National Army to cease fire and stop its advance on the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Asked if...

Australia PM: Islamic State orphans face hurdles to return

Apr. 16, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Tuesday that hurdles remain to repatriating three orphaned Australian children of a convicted terrorist from a Syrian refugee camp and that national security interests must come first. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was working with...

UN appeals for urgent release of migrants trapped in Libya

Apr. 12, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations on Friday urgently appealed for the release and evacuation of more than 1,500 detained refugees and migrants caught in the crossfire of escalating fighting sparked by a self-styled Libyan army commander's military campaign to take the capital. The U.N. refugee...

Trudeau defends measure to limit asylum claims in Canada

Apr. 11, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending legislation that would prevent people from "asylum shopping" in Canada, barring them from making such a claim if they previously applied for asylum in other safe countries, including the United States. The proposal was included in a budget...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 11, 2019 4:13 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

Australian election May 18 to be fought on refugees, economy

Apr. 10, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Thursday called a May 18 election that will be fought on issues including climate change, asylum seekers and economic management. "We live in the best country in the world," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after advising the...

'Accidental Prime Minister' has short run-up to Aussie vote

Apr. 10, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scott Morrison was labeled the "Accidental Prime Minister" when he was thrust to the top of a bitterly divided Australian government facing likely defeat in elections only months away. Since he was elected prime minister in a leadership ballot of colleagues in his conservative...

Democrats prepare border bills, say Trump enflames problem

Apr. 10, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say President Donald Trump's restrictive immigration policies are enflaming. House Democrats plan to introduce legislation...