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Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attends a presentation of the construction of a new part of a fence which will be built at the border with Turkey, in Alexandroupolis, northern Greece, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Greece decided to strengthen its land border with Turkey after the latter attempted to steer tens of thousands of migrant across into Greece last March. (Dimitris Papamitsos/Greek Prime Minister's Office via AP)

Greece finalizes plan to build wall on border with Turkey

Oct. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government says it has finalized plans to build a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the European Union country. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Monday that 26 kilometers (16...

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in front of a high school Friday Oct.16, 2020 in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, after a history teacher who opened a discussion with high school students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was beheaded. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he called an

Suspect in teacher's beheading in France was Chechen teen

Oct. 17, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack, officials said Saturday. France’s anti-terrorism...

A group of people, thought to be migrants wait on a Border Force rib to come ashore at Dover marina in Kent, England after a small boat incident in the English Channel, Tuesday Sept. 22, 2020. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

EU states accept plan as a basis to revamp asylum policy

Oct. 8, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union interior ministers agreed Thursday that sweeping new proposals to revamp the bloc's failed asylum system should form the basis for negotiations on building a fresh policy for managing the arrival of unauthorized migrants in Europe. However, the ministers sought clarification...

UN says attack in Burkina Faso kills 25 people

Oct. 7, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United Nations refugee agency says 25 men were killed on Sunday when gunmen ambushed a convoy near their village in Burkina Faso’s Center-North region. A statement Wednesday said the men were separated from the group and killed while women and children were...

4 Rohingya refugees killed in factional clash in Bangladesh

Oct. 7, 2020 4:20 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — At least four people died late Tuesday when members of two criminal factions attacked each other in a sprawling camp for Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh police said. Twenty other refugees were injured as the two groups opened fire with locally made guns and used sharp weapons at...

Lebanon affirms deal to take back migrants sailing to Cyprus

Oct. 6, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and Lebanon on Tuesday reaffirmed an agreement for Lebanese authorities to take back migrants aboard boats trying to reach Cypriot shores. Cypriot Interior Minister Nicos Nouris said Lebanese and Cypriot police and naval forces will intercept migrant boats departing from...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, Abdisellam Hassen Ahmed, a Somali refugee who had been stuck in limbo after President Donald Trump temporarily banned refugee entries, walks with his wife Nimo Hashi, and his 2-year-old daughter, Taslim, who he met for the first time after arriving at Salt Lake City International Airport.  Refugee advocates, including faith-based groups that President Donald Trump is courting in his re-election bid, called on Congress Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, to halt his administration’s plans to slash the limit on refugees allowed into the U.S. to a record low, saying it goes against America’s values.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Faith groups decry Trump's plans for record low refugee cap

Oct. 1, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Refugee advocates, including faith-based groups that President Donald Trump is courting in his re-election bid, called on Congress Thursday to halt his administration’s plans to slash the limit on refugees allowed into the U.S. to a record low, saying it goes against...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 file photo, a migrant rests in a tent improvised from plastic sheets at a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia. Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers housing hundreds of people, moving residents to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that’s not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic, File)

Bosnia: Hundreds of migrants evicted from UN-run camps

Sep. 30, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities have started emptying U.N.-run migrant camps in town centers, moving hundreds of people to a crowded, out-of-the-way facility that's not equipped for winter conditions — or just leaving them to fend for themselves in the woods. There are some...

139 refugees head to Germany from Greece for resettlement

Sep. 30, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 139 vulnerable asylum-seekers who had been living in overcrowded Greek island camps have left for Germany, as part of efforts to ease overcrowding and move refugees to other European countries. The group that flew out of Greece on Wednesday consisted of children...

In this photo provided by Charlie Vallejo, Dr. Carlos Vallejo, right, celebrates Dr. Jorge Vallejo's birthday on June 12, 2020, at a Cuban restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Dr. Jorge Vallejo was hospitalized the night before Father's Day due to COVID-19. His son, the internist Dr. Carlos Vallejo, who was treating elderly residents infected with the coronavirus, was taken to another hospital hours later with shortness of breath due to the virus. They both died at ages 89 and 57, respectively. Dr. Jorge Vallejo, his wife and two sons arrived from Cuba in 1965 in an old navy torpedo boat. (Charlie Vallejo via AP)

Lives Lost: Father, son doctors started as Cuban refugees

Sep. 30, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Almost fifty-five years ago, Dr. Jorge Vallejo told his colleagues at a Havana hospital that he needed to rush home to check on one of his toddler sons who had a fever. That was a lie. He actually went home to pack some clothes before he, his wife and two boys boarded a torpedo boat named...