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Saudi refugee in Canada expects more women to flee homeland

Jan. 14, 2019 10:55 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada has said in an Australian television interview that she expected her experience would inspire other women to flee her homeland. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, 18, told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview recorded in Toronto and...

Woman who fled Saudi Arabia reaches her new home in Canada

Jan. 13, 2019 12:41 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. "This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian," Foreign...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse heads for asylum in Canada

Jan. 11, 2019 11:19 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said. The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She fled her...

Former FEMA boss says border situation is not an emergency

Jan. 10, 2019 7:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday that what's happening on the U.S. southern border is no emergency. Craig Fugate, who ran the national disaster agency for nearly eight years under President Barack Obama and was head of Florida's disaster agency...

Australia considering resettlement for fleeing Saudi woman

Jan. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A Saudi woman who fled her family, alleging abuse, moved a step closer Wednesday to her goal of gaining asylum in Australia after a U.N. agency granted her refugee status. The Australian government said it was considering Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun for refugee resettlement, in a case that has...

Young immigrants seeking refuge from abuse face denials

Jan. 2, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some immigrant youth looking to start over in the United States after fleeing abusive homes are seeing their applications for green cards rejected because the Trump administration says they're too old. A U.S. government program in place since 1990 has let young immigrants subject to...

Greece makes 3 migrants citizens for their wildfire rescues

Jan. 2, 2019 6:04 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three migrant fishermen received Greek citizenship Wednesday for helping rescue dozens of people who were forced into the sea by flames from a summer wildfire that caused 100 deaths. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos hosted a ceremony for Gani Xheka, 35, from Albania and Egyptians...

12 migrants found on beach as UK mulls more Channel patrols

Dec. 31, 2018 5:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police picked up a group of 12 migrants found on a beach in southwestern England as top British officials met Monday to discuss the increasing numbers of people attempting to cross the English Channel from France to England. The British government agency that oversees immigration said nine...

UN calls on countries to take in migrants rescued at sea

Dec. 31, 2018 9:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency is calling on countries to take in 49 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days. Geneva-based UNHCR urged governments Monday to "urgently offer safe ports and disembarkation" and agree on a system that provides rescue ship captains with clarity about...

Former tenants of dilapidated Omaha apartments sue owner

Dec. 28, 2018 9:47 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More than 90 former tenants have sued the owner of Omaha apartments that the city has deemed unlivable. City inspectors evacuated hundreds of Myanmar refugees from the Yale Park Apartments Sept. 20, citing issues such as unsafe electrical circuits, natural gas leaks and units infested...