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UN says civilians targeted in airstrikes on Yemen's capital

May. 17, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency says it is "deeply saddened" by the targeting of civilians in recent airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which left at least six dead including four children, in Yemen's capital. The agency issued a statement Friday quoting its spokesman Andrej Mahecic as saying that...

Migrants on the island of Lesbos find refuge on soccer field

May. 17, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — A 10-minute walk from Europe's largest refugee camp, across olive groves and open land scattered with thorns and wildflowers, sits a nondescript yet remarkable soccer field. It's a place where residents of the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos can briefly forget about their...

Australian leader says 2 Rwandans aren't massacre suspects

May. 17, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Friday that two Rwandan refugees who resettled in Australia after 15 years in U.S. detention are no longer suspects in the massacre of eight tourists in Uganda 20 years ago. U.S. news outlet Politico reported that former Hutu rebels Leonidas...

A mystery to many, Australian PM is a tough sell at election

May. 15, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Scott Morrison has carried an unusual burden for an Australian prime minister campaigning for election on Saturday. As well as explaining why Australians should vote for him, he's also had to explain who he is to voters who have had little time to get to know their government's...

California governor pardons 2 ex-refugees facing deportation

May. 13, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two former Cambodian refugees facing deportation for crimes committed as young adults were among seven people granted clemency Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in his first pardons since taking office in January. Newsom pardoned Kang Hen, of San Jose, who pleaded guilty to...

Mayor who was refugee from Liberia plans run for US Senate

May. 13, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia who became the first black mayor in the state, announced Monday he is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Steve Daines. Collins and his wife Maddie moved to Helena in the early 1990s to escape...

Morocco stops 3 migrant boats, arrests 40 on border fence

May. 13, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities said Monday they have stopped boats carrying 117 sub-Saharan migrants from crossing to Europe and arrested 40 people trying to scale a fence into Spain's North African enclave of Melilla. A Moroccan military official told The Associated Press that the navy...

AP Exclusive: Ex-Interpol chief's wife gets asylum in France

May. 13, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request. The French government office that rules on asylum requests...

Muskogee couple raising money to assist Myanmar refugees

May. 13, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Myanmar native Yuree Lembke recalls seeing the sky through holes in her roof. "It is not a good condition at all," said Lembke, 27, who spent 17 years in refugee camps along the Myanmar/Thailand border. She and her family, members of Myanmar's Karen ethnic group moved into camps when...

Up to 70 migrants drown after boat capsizes off Tunisia

May. 10, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — As many as 70 migrants trying to reach Europe from Libya drowned Friday when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, and at least 16 other people from the boat were rescued, according to U.N. migration officials and Tunisia's state news agency. The International Organization for...