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Trump official says asylum changes will drive down backlog

Sep. 13, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official defended the effort to effectively end asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border for nearly all migrants, saying Friday it was necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S. Citizenship and...

The Latest: US begins tough new policy on asylum seekers

Sep. 13, 2019 1:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. denial of asylum claims from Central Americans (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The Trump administration has begun enforcing radical new restrictions on who qualifies for asylum as tens of thousands of migrants wait on the Mexican border, seeking refuge. The new U.S. policy...

Uganda: As refugee influx persists, UN cites funding gaps

Sep. 12, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Major gaps in funding are constraining the work of the United Nations refugee agency in Uganda, according to the UNHCR representative in the East African country sheltering 1.3 million refugees. The U.N. agency in Uganda is operating at only 35% of its total funding requirements,...

Trapped in Jordan, Syrian refugees see no way home

Sep. 11, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Seven years after fleeing the civil war in his homeland, Zahir Hamshari's life is filled with questions and doubts: How to pay the rent? How to cover the electricity bill? How to afford even basic staples like bread and bottled water? But one thing is crystal clear for him. Like many...

500 refugees trapped in Libya to be evacuated to Rwanda

Sep. 10, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rwanda agreed Tuesday to take in 500 refugees and asylum-seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations and African Union. The deal comes after repeated allegations of dire conditions for migrants in Libya's detention centers, including beatings and other abuses,...

The Latest: Malta lets 5 more refugees in, still blocks ship

Sep. 10, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 5:25 p.m. The last five migrants stranded aboard a German charity rescue boat are being taken to Malta. The Maltese government said Tuesday the impasse ended after it offered disembarkation following the rescue group Sea-Eye's...

Turkey, US conduct 'safe zone' joint patrols in north Syria

Sep. 8, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

TAL ABYAD, Syria (AP) — Turkish and U.S. troops conducted their first joint ground patrol in northeastern Syria on Sunday as part of a so-called "safe zone" that Ankara has been pressing for in the volatile Kurdish-administered region. Turkey hopes the buffer zone, which it says should be at least 30...

Trump administration officials discuss slashing refugee cap

Sep. 7, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials will meet next week to discuss whether to further restrict the number of refugees accepted into the U.S. each year, according to a senior administration official. Some administration officials believe that the cap should be reduced because of the number of...

Turkey threatens to open gates for Syria refugees to go West

Sep. 5, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Thursday threatened to "open the gates" and allow a flood of Syrian refugees to leave Turkey for Western countries unless a so-called "safe zone" is established inside Syria soon in negotiations with the Americans. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech to his ruling...

Bangladesh bans cellphone services in Rohingya camps

Sep. 3, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's telecommunications regulatory body has asked operators to shut down cellphone services in sprawling camps in the southeast where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar live, citing a security threat and illegal phone use, an official said Tuesday....