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Migrant boat sinks in Turkish lake; 5 bodies recovered

Jun. 30, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Rescue teams searching for a migrant boat, reported to have capsized in a lake in eastern Turkey, have recovered five bodies on Tuesday, officials said. A search-and-rescue mission, involving helicopters and boats, was launched after a boat carrying migrants across Lake Van was...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell waits for the start of a meeting, Supporting the future of Syria and the Region, in videoconference format at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

Donors: $7.7 billion to tackle Syria humanitarian crisis

Jun. 30, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and dozens of donor nations pledged a total of $7.7 billion Tuesday to help tackle the humanitarian crisis deepening in Syria and neighboring countries hosting millions of Syrian refugees as the coronavirus pandemic and economic crises compound the misery of nearly a...

Coronavirus case in refugee camp at US border raises alarm

Jun. 30, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A person has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in a sprawling refugee camp on the U.S.-Mexico border where an estimated 2,000 people await their immigration court dates, according to a nonprofit group providing medical care at the camp. Global Response Management said in a statement...

FILE - This Sunday, April 19, 2020 file photo, shows a large refugee camp on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey, near the town of Atma, in Idlib province, Syria. The head of the U.N. food agency warned of starvation and another wave of mass migration from Syria to Europe unless donors countries step up financial assistance to the war-ravaged country. (AP Photo/Ghaith Alsayed, File)

Donors urged to dig deep as economic chaos, virus hit Syria

Jun. 29, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Aid organizations on Monday made a plea for world leaders to boost financial support to conflict-torn Syria where around 11 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, on the eve of a major donor conference hosted by the European Union. The conflict has killed more than 400,000...

People shop for vegetables at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Authorities in Bangladesh have confirmed the first death of a Rohingya refugee from the coronavirus, as infections rise in sprawling camps where more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims have been living since fleeing from neighboring Myanmar. The 71-year-old refugee died Saturday at Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, and samples collected from him tested positive on Monday, said Abu Toha M.R. Bhuiyan, chief health coordinator of the office of the Refugee, Relief and Repatriation Commissioner. (AP Photo/Shafiqur Rahman)

4 Rohingya men killed in gunfight with Bangladesh police

Jun. 27, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Four suspected members of a Rohingya group allegedly involved in kidnapping for ransom were killed in a gunfight with Bangladeshi police near the sprawling refugee camps where refugees from Myanmar live, officials said. The gunfight took place Friday when a team of security...

Judge stays migrant teen's expulsion under US virus policy

Jun. 25, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday extended an order preventing the Trump administration from deporting a 16-year-old boy from Honduras under its emergency border declaration citing the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington did not rule immediately on the first challenge to...

Migrants wait for food inside a refugee camp in Kokkinotrimithia outside of Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Cyprus' interior minister says he has asked police to launch a criminal probe into allegations that underage girls staying at a migrants' reception center were sexually harassed by other adults staying there. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)

Cyprus probes alleged groping of girls at migrant center

Jun. 23, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ interior minister said Tuesday that he asked police to launch a criminal investigation into allegations that girls staying at a migrants’ reception center were sexually harassed by other residents. Interior Minister Nicos Nouris told state broadcaster CyBC that...

In this photo taken Thursday, June 11, 2020, Martin Okello looks out of the window in the house he shares with other Ugandan LGBT refugees in Nairobi, Kenya. He and other members of the LGBT community in East Africa face discrimination that has forced many to flee their home countries for Kenya, which has become a haven for them. It is the only East African nation where someone can seek asylum and be registered as a refugee based on their LGBT status. Yet even in Kenya, they can be encounter discrimination and violence, and the country still criminalizes gay sex. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

LGBT refugees find a haven in Kenya despite persecution

Jun. 20, 2020 3:07 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — When he was attacked by a mob for being gay, Martin Okello said the kicks and blows from his assailants came so fast that he couldn't stop them or flee. He passed out and was left for dead in Nairobi's low-income neighborhood of Kawangware. Okello had fled to Kenya from his native...

This May 31, 2020 photo provided by Sulekha Ibrahim shows the charred interior of Healing Path Wellness Services in Minneapolis, Minn., which was destroyed by a fire on May 28, 2020. In late May, Ibrahim opened the doors of the mental health clinic she runs in South Minneapolis. The clinic had been closed for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. She and her staff were eager to get back to work, meeting clients in person. Two days later, the clinic burned down. (Sulekha Ibrahim/Religion News Service via AP)

Somali-owned wellness clinic works to heal South Minneapolis

Jun. 19, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

(RNS) — In late May, Sulekha Ibrahim opened the doors of Healing Path Wellness Services, the mental health clinic she runs in South Minneapolis. The clinic had been closed for weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. She and her staff were eager to get back to work, meeting clients in person. Two days...

A man gets his temperature taken as a measure to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, at the entrance of El Recreo mall in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

UN: Venezuelans, other refugees face huge pandemic hardships

Jun. 18, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. refugee agency expressed concerns Thursday about impact of the coronavirus pandemic from Africa’s Sahel region to Latin America and beyond, warning that millions fled upheaval at home and could face hardship abroad among lockdowns and other restrictive measures to...