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Portland's new legal aid program helps nearly 450 immigrants

Aug. 21, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A free legal assistance program for immigrants in Portland, Oregon, has provided about 450 immigrants and asylum-seekers with lawyers to represent them in deportation hearings in its first year and now has additional support from the state. The program called Universal Reception...

More Rohingya families say they will not return to Myanmar

Aug. 21, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Members of about 200 Rohingya Muslim families interviewed Wednesday by officials from the U.N. refugee agency and the Bangladesh government said they do not want to return to Myanmar unless their citizenship and safety are ensured, an official said. Khaled Hossain, a senior...

As warm welcome chills, Turkey clamps down on Syrians

Aug. 21, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Mustafa, a 21-year-old Syrian in Turkey, was at the shoe factory in Istanbul where he worked making army boots when three policemen stormed in, asking if everyone had their papers. He and three other Syrian refugees did not. Within a day, Mustafa and a busload of other refugees would be...

More Rohingya families say they will not return to Myanmar

Aug. 21, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — A Bangladeshi refugee official says the heads of some 200 Rohingya families interviewed by officials from the U.N. refugee agency and the government have told them they will not go back to Myanmar unless their demands for citizenship and safety are ensured. Refugee official...

Rohingya Muslims say they don't want to return to Myanmar

Aug. 20, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Few Muslim Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have responded to plans for their repatriation to Myanmar, and all who did said they don't want to go back, officials from the U.N. refugee agency and Bangladesh's government said Tuesday. Bangladesh's refugee commissioner, Abul...

Rohingya Muslims say they don't want to return to Myanmar

Aug. 20, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Officials from the U.N. refugee agency and Bangladesh's government say few Muslim Rohingya refugees have responded to plans for their repatriation to Myanmar, and all who did say they don't want to go back. Bangladesh's refugee commissioner, Abul Kalam, said Tuesday that only...

Correction: Myanmar-ASEAN story

Aug. 16, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In a story July 30 about Malaysia's position on Myanmar's responsibility for Rohingya refugees, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to which Malaysia belongs, has agreed to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice for rights...

Claims: Migrant children molested in U.S.-funded foster care

Aug. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. ___ Dozens of families separated at the border as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy...

Claims: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care

Aug. 16, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, California (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. ___ After local Guatemalan officials burned down an environmental activist's home, he decided to...

Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation

Aug. 16, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar and Bangladesh will soon make a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, officials from the two countries and the United Nations said Friday. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay, speaking in...