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EU border agency suspends operations in Hungary

Jan. 27, 2021 5:17 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union's border control agency, Frontex, is suspending operations in Hungary after the government in Budapest did not comply with a December ruling by Europe's highest court, an agency spokesperson said Wednesday. Frontex spokesperson Chris Borowski told The Associated...

Syrian refugee Mahmoud Mansour, 47, helps his youngest daughter Sahar, 8, with her homework at his rented apartment in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. President Joe Biden has vowed to restore America's place as a world leader in offering sanctuary to the oppressed by raising the cap on the number of refugees allowed in each year. Mansour's family had completed the work to go to the United States when the Trump administration issued its travel ban barring people from Syria indefinitely and suspending the refugee program for 120 days. (AP Photo/Omar Akour)

Broken by Trump, US refugee program aims to return stronger

Jan. 27, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Krish Vignarajah has been in survival mode for four years as the Trump administration slashed refugee admissions by 85%. She's had to close a third of her resettlement agency's 48 offices and lay off more than 120 employees, some with decades of experience. Now, she's scrambling to not only rehire staff but...

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020, file photo, Tigrayan refugees who fled Ethiopia's conflict, prepare to cook their dinners in front of their temporary shelters, at Umm Rakouba, a refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan. Huge unknowns persist in the deadly conflict, but details of the involvement of neighboring Eritrea, one of the world's most secretive countries, are emerging with witness accounts by survivors and others. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

US says Eritrean forces should leave Tigray immediately

Jan. 27, 2021 7:26 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States says all soldiers from Eritrea should leave Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region “immediately.” A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press late Tuesday cited “credible reports of looting, sexual violence, assaults in...

A Palestinian woman checks the nylon cover on the roof of her house on a rainy day in a poor neighborhood of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

U.S. announces restoration of relations with Palestinians

Jan. 26, 2021 4:04 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration announced Tuesday it was restoring relations with the Palestinians and renewing aid to Palestinian refugees, a reversal of the Trump administration’s cutoff and a key element of its new support for a two-state solution to the...

Zenebu, who arrived home in Colorado after weeks trapped in Tigray, Ethiopia, where she had gone to visit her mother, poses for a photo Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Huge unknowns persist in Ethiopia's deadly conflict, but details of the involvement of neighboring Eritrea, one of the world’s most secretive countries, are emerging with witness accounts by survivors and others such as Zenebu. While fighting in support of Ethiopian forces, Eritrean soldiers have been accused of killing civilians, targeting refugees and even acting as local authorities. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Witnesses: Eritrean soldiers loot, kill in Ethiopia's Tigray

Jan. 26, 2021 12:06 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Eritrean soldiers' pockets clinked with stolen jewelry. Warily, Zenebu watched them try on dresses and other clothing looted from homes in a town in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region. “They were focused on trying to take everything of value,” even diapers, said...

COVID-19 problems magnified for refugees

Jan. 23, 2021 10:58 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult and isolating for Kentuckians across the state, but those challenges have been amplified for refugees who have come to the area fleeing persecution or conflict. Whether it’s trying to learn English online, figuring out new technology or...

UN: Violence in Sudan’s Darfur killed 250, displaced 100,000

Jan. 23, 2021 6:39 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Tribal clashes in Sudan’s Darfur region have killed at least 250 people and displaced more than 100,000 people since erupting earlier this month, the U.N. refugee agency said. The violence in the provinces of West Darfur and South Darfur has posed a significant challenge to the...

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, left, and European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell give a joint statement prior to their meeting in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq/Pool Photo via AP)

Turkey launches charm offensive to ease tensions with EU

Jan. 21, 2021 8:14 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey on Thursday launched a new effort to get its strained relations with the European Union back on track, as the country’s foreign minister visited Brussels looking to talk about migration and plan a series of high-level talks with the 27-nation bloc. Turkey has been a candidate...

A migrant walks during a snowfall at the Lipa camp, outside Bihac, Bosnia, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Aid workers say migrants staying at a camp in northwestern Bosnia have complained or respiratory and skin diseases after spending days in make-shift tents and containers amid freezing weather and snow blizzards. Most of the hundreds of migrants at the Lipa facility near Bosnia's border with Croatia on Monday have been accommodated in heated military tents following days of uncertainty after a fire gutted most of the camp on Dec. 23. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

EU lashes Bosnia for failing to properly care for migrants

Jan. 19, 2021 7:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official on Tuesday criticized Bosnian authorities for failing to properly care for hundreds of migrants living in sub-zero temperatures on its territory, warning the Balkans country of its obligations if it hopes to join the EU. Bosnia has faced...

In this Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021 photo provided by the Catholic Relief Services, people affected by the conflict in Tigray load food aid provided by USAID and Catholic Relief Services onto a donkey cart to be tansported to their home, outside Mekele, Ethiopia. From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Authorities say more than 4.5 million people, or nearly the entire population, need emergency food. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after weeks of pleading with Ethiopia for access describe weakened children dying from diarrhea after drinking from rivers, and shops that were looted or depleted weeks ago. (Catholic Relief Services via AP)

'Extreme urgent need': Starvation haunts Ethiopia's Tigray

Jan. 17, 2021 4:08 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — From “emaciated” refugees to crops burned on the brink of harvest, starvation threatens the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. The first humanitarian workers to arrive after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access...